Green smoothies may possibly be one of God’s best gifts to us, and green smoothie recipes are easy to make. I just love them! I encourage all my clients (and friends) to adopt them into their lifestyles. I encourage them to have one everyday because, depending on how you make them, a smoothie can be an energy packed, nutrient-rich meal. I know it can be easy to get lost in the thousands, possibly millions, of smoothie recipes out there but there is just one simple formula you should always keep in mind to create your own recipes.
The formula to solve your green smoothie recipes dilemma
1 – LIQUID
Depending on your desired thickness, add 6 ounces to 1 cup of liquid. I personally like to drink my smoothies with a straw so I usually lean towards 1 cup of liquid. You can use anything from purified water to unsweetened almond milk. Coconut water is a great liquid base for any and all smoothies and it adds additional sweetness when I use more bitter greens.
2- GREENS (because it is of course a green smoothie)
You always want to have about 2-3 large handfuls (2-3 cups) of leafy greens in your smoothies. Some of our favorites are kale, dandelion greens & collard greens. If you are just starting your smoothie regimen, baby spinach is a great starting point. Once you get into it, add leafy herbs like cilantro, parsley and mint! Usually, I take a look at what is on sale and if its leafy and green, I am blending it!
3- FRUIT (its easy to overdo it here!)
I know many people who overdo it on the sweets, which at the end of the day still mean too much sugar (even if its natural sugar). Too much sugar, of any kind, is not good because it can lead to candida, yeast, and cause you to retain water and hold onto weight. Avoid this and stick to 1 cup of fruit. You can definitely mix and match the fruits but make sure your total fruit intake remains at 1 cup per smoothie.
The greens and the fruits that we put into our smoothies have fiber, but it’s never enough. Those of you who know me know I am all about proper digestion and daily bowel movements. You need a minimum 26 grams of fiber daily in order to keep our digestion going so it’s always a good idea to add fiber to you morning smoothies. I love ground flax seed and chia seeds. Add about 2 tablespoons of whatever fiber additive you choose.
5 – BOOST IT
This is definitely optional but highly recommended. If you are already committed to having your daily smoothies, why not add that extra benefit. I love hemp and maca powder (start with a teaspoon and grow from there).