Green Smoothie Recipes
What are green smoothie recipes? A green smoothie is a delicious, healthy drink made completely out of green vegetables blended with fruit. Green smoothies are a great way to get some extra vegetables into a child’s diet. You can start small by adding a few green vegetables to a tasty fruit smoothie recipe your child already enjoys – the color will change, but the taste will be more or less the same. You can then work more vegetables into the green smoothies you make and getting you and your kids to eat their greens will be easier than ever before. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits that make green smoothies so popular and how to make one. Share your green smoothies below for others to try.
Benefits of Green Smoothie Recipes
Many parents are already aware of the health benefits available in fruit smoothies, but green smoothies help take things to the next level. While a growing child’s diet should contain plenty of fruit, there are certain nutrients that are found in high concentrations in green vegetables. Unfortunately, as you’ve no doubt experienced first hand, most kids aren’t terribly fond of brussel sprouts and broccoli the first time they try them. However, this resistance often disappears if these foods are presented in a drink, mixed with other flavorsome ingredients – especially if the kids don’t even know the vegetables are in there!
What’s more, green smoothies can be used to help educate kids about their own eating habits and health needs. It’s a way to let them know that green vegetables can be part of a tasty snack – very handy for kids who have already developed a lot of negative ideas about eating their greens.
Let’s talk more specifically about the benefits green smoothies have. First of all, many green vegetables are high in fiber, which helps keep digestion and bowel movements regular. Some experts have also argued that blending vegetables opens up the cells, making it easier for the body to absorb the nutrients from the liquid. Green vegetables also tend to be rich in antioxidants.
Another great benefit is that green smoothies can be low fat and low calorie.
How to Make a Green Smoothie
For an experienced smoothie maker, this will be a cinch. Even if you’ve never made a smoothie before, there’s not much to it. You will probably want to choose one or two green vegetables to be combined with one or two fruits – bananas, oranges or mangoes are all good choices. The fruit will help sweeten up the taste of the smoothie. As an example, you could blend together:
1/2 an orange
4 lettuce leaves
½ cup of spinach
The process involves blending the greens with water first – the amount of water you need will depend on the thickness you want in the smoothie, but for this recipe 1 ½ cups should do the trick. Blend the greens with the water until smooth. Then add the fruit, and again, blend until smooth. The end product will leave you satisfied with a delicious answer to the question, “What is a green smoothie?”
Green Smoothie Recipes-Video
Green Smoothie Recipes
I like to use up extra fruits and vegetables I have before grocery shopping and find that making a smoothie to clean out the fridge works really well!
My most recent smoothie I had:
remainder of raisins in the cupboard
remainder of peanuts in the cupboard
16 oz. yogurt container, any flavor (whatever is left in the fridge)
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 scoop of whey protein
I have added leftover shredded cabbage to a smoothie that turned out really well. On another occasion I had chopped lettuce that was leftover from a salad that I added. You’d be surprised how adding a little extra fruits and vegetables that you have on hand makes the smoothie turn out great and your produce doesn’t go to waste.
by Igor Sasinaowiski
5 carrots peeled and end cut off
1 1/2 cups of ice cubes
2 cups of pineapple juice(from carton)
1 1/2 cups of yogurt and some berry’s if you like =)