5 tips to making great tasting green smoothies!
1. Start small - a typical green smoothie is 60% fruit and 40% greens by volume, but you don't have to start out using this much. Start with using one small handful of spinach or baby kale and gradually adding more in until you are using 40% greens.
2. Stick to one green - When starting out, it's best to using stick to one green at a time for a great tasting green smoothie. I recommend baby spinach and baby kale to beginners. Spinach especially blends well and kale has little taste when blended well with sweet fruit.
3. Use sweet fruits - sweet fruits like banana, mango, cherries, grapes, peaches, blueberries and pitted medjool dates taste great in green smoothies. They will make your green smoothie naturally sweet and help mask the bitterness of the greens. You can also use a combination of fresh and frozen fruits depending on the availability but I always stick to fruits that are in season as they are more nutrient-packed and cheaper to purchase.
*if you ever make a smoothie and it tastes too ‘green’ try adding dates to combat the bitterness.
4. Try coconut water - substituting coconut water for water adds so much sweetness and flavor to your green smoothies as well as electrolytes like potassium which are essential for proper hydration. I definitely recommend cracking up a young thai coconut or buying organic coconut water from your local health food store. (Taste Nirvana and Harmless Harvest are my favorite brands!) Coconut water taste especially great with tropical fruits like banana, mango, pineapple and oranges.
5. Keep it simple - You don't have to throw in ten different things to get a great tasting green smoothie. Some of the recipes on the internet might be intimidating using ingredients like maca powder, spirulina, raw cacao, goji berries and other fancy superfoods that you don't necessarily need. Stick to 3-4 ingredients and it will taste great! Plus our bellies prefer simple combinations. We may think we are getting more by adding more when it comes to ingredients/superfoods, but too many ingredients and improper combining prevents us from fully absorbing and utilizing the nutrients anyway!
***If using a magic bullet or regular blender, it may help to blend the greens with water first, before adding fruit, to help blend the greens better.
****to make your smoothie creamy without adding fats like yogurt/dairy, add a frozen banana or two!! Frozen mango works well also. Fruit and fat do not combine well digestively. Fruit digests best alone or with greens!
Lots of Love and Fresh Squeezed Hugs,