How To Make Your Own Green Smoothie

A smoothie that’s green? What?

I’m sure it sounds different, but hear me out!

These things are hugely popular right now.  Here's why:

  1. They're really easy to make!
  2. They taste amazing!
  3.  And they help you get more greens into your diet than you otherwise could with just eating salads.

Now, don’t think I’m the expert on these… haha, oh no!

Luckily that’s what I have our 20's-something employees Robert and Hannah to help me with. With their coaching, I came up with this basic tutorial on how to make your own green smoothie! 

Also special thanks goes out to friend and former CSA member, Samantha Coffin, for her images below!

Here’s how it goes!

 

 

How to make your own green smoothie

The first rule that Robert points out is there is no way to do it wrong! You don’t need an actual recipe! Forget measuring anything! Do it by eye and enjoy each unique creation!

The magic is that they’re different every time!

Here’s the formula to making your own green smoothie:

Equipment needed

  • A blender  (high tech, I know, haha!)

 

Step 1: Put in your fruit(s) component

This is flexible and you can add any kind of fruit in any kind of combination you want!

  • For a really sweet option try mango or pineapple
  • Bananas make the smoothies nice and thick (Robert always adds one to his)
  • Any frozen fruit, especially berries make it icier (nice texture)
  • This can even be carrots or beets as they are mildly sweet and are healthy options to add! (Robert suggests grating your carrots first unless you have a super powerful blender like Hannah does, or else they won’t blend up easily.)

 

Step 2: Put in your green(s) component

Again this is flexible and you can add any kind of greens in any combination you want!

  • Spinach is the green that you will likely taste the least, says Hannah!  So that would be a great place to start.
  • Other greens options are: kale, collard greens, lettuce, broccoli, beet greens, arugula, Asian greens like pac choi or tatsoi or mizuna, greens from the tops of bunches like salad turnips, radishes, etc.
  • Carrot greens and herbs are pretty strong tasting so I think adding them in moderation (or skipping them entirely) would be best.

 

Step 3: Put in your liquid(s) component

You are adding this to gel it all together and make it drinkable. It is flexible and you can add whatever you feel like! Just remember that both Robert and Hannah agree that water is the worst option, use as a last resort!

  • Almond milk is Robert’s favorite option (makes it creamy!)
  • Other non-dairy milk (or dairy milk)
  • Orange Juice is Hannah’s favorite option!
  • Yogurt scoop is another good option

 

Step 4: Put in your optional ingredients for flair (OPTIONAL)

Robert has suggested that nuts are not such a good idea because they invariably do not get blended up well enough and negatively affect the texture. He has pretty much stopped adding them to his green smoothies.

  • Nuts or seeds, only if you have a powerful blender…
  • But, peanut butter or other nut butters are really good no matter what kind of blender you have!
  • Chia or hemp seeds are one of Hannah’s favorite optional ingredients
  • Avocado

 

Step 5: BLEND!

Blend until smooth! Taste and add more of anything you deem lacking.

 

Step 6: DRINK UP!

Best enjoyed immediately!  But you can store it in your fridge for later for up to 24 hours.

 

How about that?

Have you ever made a green smoothie before? What is your favorite combo of things?

Please reply and let me know!

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Love making smoothies for a quick breakfast when I have to run out early. I put everything in that I would normally add to my oatmeal: banana, berries, chia and flax seeds, unsweetened almond milk, tart cherry juice (actually I drink this with my oatmeal but use as liquid for smoothie!!), greens, chopped walnuts and 1/2 Brazil nut, and cinnamon. Delish! Also love dessert smoothies - healthier option to ice cream!!!!