A green smoothie is my favorite quick and healthy breakfast recipe but it has taken me years to fine tune my recipe so not only is it good for me, but tastes fabulous. Read on to learn the tips and tricks to creating the best green smoothie!
Years ago, my first attempts at a green smoothie resulted in a texture and flavor I wasn’t quite fond of. It sorta reminded me of drinking sweetened grass through a straw. I know I needed to play with the basic recipe because I love the idea of getting so many healthy fruits and veggies in for my first meal of the day.
Before green smoothies, I was in love with my favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie but my body decided it was no longer going to play nicely with dairy products. For this recipe, I love the use of coconut almond milk. Adds to the tropical flavor profile!
After much trial and error, I’ve discovered a few green smoothie tricks that make all the difference:
Use Some Ice
Yes, I’ve tried frozen fruit but I still greatly prefer using some of my liquid in the form of ice. Having the smoothie ice cold makes it so refreshing and delicious. I simply fill a one cup measuring cup with ice and then pour the coconut almond milk over the ice to fill the gaps. That is my liquid base for my smoothie when I toss it in the blender.
Skip the Bananas
Don’t throw your freezer full of frozen bananas at me, please. The addition of bananas to green smoothies do add a lot of flavor but they also create a slimy texture in the end result. There will be many who disagree but as much as I love bananas, I won’t put them in my smoothie. I want it crisp and refreshing, but bananas make them a bit too….mucky.
Pre-Blend Your Spinach
If you want a truly smooth smoothie and not a mouthful of what feels like clippings from your lawn mower, then make your smoothie in two steps instead of just dumping it all in at once. Combine your spinach, ice and almond milk in the blender until the spinach is completely smooth. Then, you can add all the yummy fruit and blend those in. If texture is as important to you as it is to me, you will love this little tip!
- 1 C baby spinach, very tightly packed
- ~ 1/2 C ice
- ~ 1/2 C unsweetened coconut almond milk
- 2 Tb ground flax or chia seed
- 1 small clementine
- 1/2 C chopped mango
- 1/2 C chopped pineapple
- Place the spinach and ground flax seed in your blender. Fill a one cup measuring cup with ice, then fill with the coconut almond milk over the ice. Add to the blender, put on the cover then blend for 45 seconds or until spinach is completely smooth. Add the fresh fruit and blend for another 45 seconds. Serve immediately!
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