Smoothies come in different bright colors but these shakes have taken the green tint to the next level. Green smoothies are basically blended drinks mixed with green leafy vegetables. It might not seem tasty at first but mixing them with specific fruits adds that familiar fruity flavor. The greens-fruit ratio depends per taste, but the usual combination is at 40% to 60%. Not bad if you are tasting the banana instead of the spinach.
As some people may have resistance towards greens and the daily salad can get boring, turning these vegetables into a shake is not a bad idea at all. In addition to aversion to taste, there are some who have a hard time digesting these leafy vegetables. Adding greens in your regular smoothie is a very rational step in making sure that you are consuming a significant amount of the required daily nutrients. These vegetables are noted for their many nutritious qualities such as antioxidant and anticarcinogenic properties. They are also great as they are packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals. Mix them with fruit and other ingredients such as flaxseed and soy milk and you will have a nourishing and yummy wonder in your glass.
The main concern in using greens as a main smoothie component is taste. If you do not like the taste of some particular leafy greens, you can freely adjust the ratio and add other flavor sources such as milk. Another tip is to use mild-tasting greens such as Chinese broccoli and yu choy which you can get from Asian grocery stores. However, if kale and spinach are just your thing, go ahead! Play with the amount of kale and spinach in your blend.
To maximize the taste and your enjoyment of these green smoothies, there are some notes to keep in mind. Rotate the greens as you make every blend. This will keep you from feeling too weary of the taste. It is also important to buy organic greens as you will be assured that they are fresh, natural and free from chemicals.
To set you off to the green smoothie revolution, you can start with the following: Mix two leaves of kale, two spinach leaves, half of a banana, half of a cucumber and half of a green apple with water. Add a dash of jalapeno if you want a bit of heat. Puree in blender. Enjoy twice a day and you will feel refreshed.
For something simple and creamy, combine a banana with a handful of spinach, two tablespoons of peanut butter, and a cup of soymilk. If you want to be more adventurous, play with kale, apple, blueberries, ice water, and some agave nectar for sweetness.