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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Green Smoothies

Did you know that a green smoothie can have 5-8 servings of fruits and vegetables? It is also loaded with vitamins, fiber, and even protein. We've recently been seeing a lot of information on green smoothies and decided to try incorporating them into our daily diets. It's such an easy way to get a jumpstart on our daily doses of fruits and vegetables.
Basically a green smoothie is a smoothie made with greens (spinach, kale, collard greens, etc.) and fruit (bananas, mangos, frozen berries, etc.). Most green smoothies also have added liquid like water or fruit juice to make them drinkable and some have added natural sweeteners like honey or stevia. We've been using water and no added sweeteners.

Here's a basic recipe for a green smoothie or "moothie" as Emahry calls it. You'll notice that the smoothies below aren't actually green, that's because we added frozen blueberries to this batch.

1 1/2 to 2 cups liquid
3 large handfuls of greens
1 1/2 to 2 cups fruit

Thoroughly blend greens with liquid first. Then add fruit and blend until smooth.

These smoothies are delicious, but you might want to start out with less greens and increase the amount as you get use to the taste.

Visit The Happy Foody for more great green smoothie recipes.

Green smoothies work for me!

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7 Comments:

Blogger DeeBee said...

I hope they taste better than they look. Why don't green drinks look appetizing? :-)

February 18, 2009 at 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Tiffany said...

It sounds so gross, but I'm assuming the fruit improves the flavor. I might have to try it. Ibet I could trick my husband into drinking a not-green one lol.

February 18, 2009 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger Kristen's Raw said...

Goodness - I LOVE GREEN SMOOTHIES!!! Those are great pics :)

PS I love the way they look! I'm a fan of green though and the dark ones, well those are kind of pretty too in my opinion - haha

Cheers,
Kristen

February 21, 2009 at 3:10 AM  
Blogger Amanda @ www.kiddio.org said...

What a great way to use up the GIANT bag of baby spinach we picked up at Costco. Obviously way cheaper than buying green juice, too!
Thanks for sharing :)

xo, Amanda @ www.kiddio.org / www.housemade.org

February 23, 2009 at 2:48 PM  
Anonymous Organizing MOmmy said...

Hey! I found your post! I add the frozen fruit, yogurt, etc.

February 27, 2009 at 3:43 PM  
Anonymous Laura@HeavenlyHomemakers said...

Yum! We like green smoothies at our house (even the ones that are purple!!)!

March 7, 2009 at 9:16 PM  
Anonymous Shynea @ Mornings With Mom said...

This is the second time I have read about green smoothies today. I will definitely have to try them.

March 24, 2009 at 1:07 PM  

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