By now you’ve probably heard how beneficial green smoothies can be for your overall health. But if you’re still feeling a little in the dark about the what, why, and when of green smoothies, you’ve come to the right place. There are many ways to make simple green smoothies to get you started and learn the basics.
Why are Green Smoothies so Beneficial?
There are a lot of benefits of green smoothies. You probably have most of the green smoothie ingredients you need in your fridge right now and don’t even realize it. That’s what makes them such versatile health food superheroes. Here are a few ways simple green smoothies can help you be healthier:
Natural Weight Loss— Green smoothies are packed with fruit and veggies, which provide essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that help your body function at peak performance.
Add More Fruits and Veggies—Did you know eating 5-10 servings of fruits and veggies is important to maintain health? Green smoothie ingredients like dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, etc…) pair perfectly with sweet fruits like banana, mango, pineapple, and berries. The fruit adds fiber and makes the smoothie taste great. You could potentially get 3-5 servings of fruit and veggies in one smoothie.
Immune System Booster—By adding all these vitamins and minerals to your body, you are helping your body get the things it needs to fight off disease and infection. Citrus fruits and ginger give your immune system a boost, which is especially helpful during cold and flu season.
What Can You Put in a Green Smoothie?
One of the biggest benefits of green smoothies is how easy they are to make. Fresh greens, mixed with chunks of your favorite frozen or fresh fruit, are all the green smoothie ingredients you need to make a delicious and healthy meal or snack.
Frozen fruit is great to use in green smoothies because it provides fiber, helps mask the taste of the greens, and gives your smoothie a nice, creamy texture. It’s like drinking a dessert! Plus, frozen fruits (berries, cherries, mango, pineapple, peaches, etc…) are available year-round if you can’t get them fresh.
As for liquid, you can use water, Omega 7 Pure, 100% fruit juice (no sugar added is best), almond milk, soy milk, or whatever milk you like best. Almond milk can make your smoothie creamy, or if you prefer a sweeter smoothie, fruit juice might be the way to go. By combining these simple green smoothie ingredients, you can make something amazing.
Here are a few easy recipes for how to make a green smoothie:
Tropical Green Smoothie
1 cup fresh spinach
1 cup water
1/2 cup mango
1/2 cup pineapple
Blend the spinach and the water together until it resembles green water. Add the rest and blend until everything is combined.
Kid Friendly Green Smoothie
1 cup packed chopped curly kale 1 cup packed baby spinach 1 cup frozen chopped mango (or fruit of your choice) 1 cup no sugar added 100% fruit juice
Blend the kale, spinach, and juice together until blended. Add the frozen fruit and blend until smooth.
When Should I Drink my Green Smoothie?
The great thing about green smoothies is they are good anytime! Combine ingredients in zip-top bags and put them in the freezer for a quick breakfast. Just combine the contents in the blender with your favorite liquid (we love the Omega 7 Pure for our smoothies for a nutritional boost, plus omegas 3, 9, and 7) and you can be on the road in no time flat! There are many benefits of green smoothies and they make a delicious meal or snack anytime, day or night.
As you can see, it’s easy to make simple green smoothies that are beneficial to your health. Want even more health tips? The SIBU Blog is full of great tips, recipes and lots of other information to help you be happier and healthier.