Thirty Tips and Recipe Ideas For Great Green Smoothies

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Thirty Tips For Great Green Smoothies

Everyone knows about the regular fruit smoothies, but how about green smoothies? As the name suggests, green smoothies are veggie based, and they are so healthy packed and delicious that everyone should be drinking one a day – especially if you are concerned with losing weight or improving your energy levels.

Here are thirty top tips and recipe ideas to get you going.

1. Invest in a purpose made high powered smoothie blender. This isn’t essential (see below) but if you’re going to be making a lot of smoothies, it does help make the process quicker and easier.

2. Ensure that all the utensils you are going to use, especially the blender goblet, are clean and have been rinsed in hot water to remove any remaining soap residue.

3. Use only the very freshest ingredients, as close to the point of being harvested as possible.

4. Buy from farmers’ markets when you can, local small growers will have the best-tasting choice of veggies and fruits, even if they don’t always look supermarket perfect.

5. Buy organic ingredients, not because they have more vitamins or minerals (although they may have) but because of what they don’t have – chemical herbicides and pesticides and fertilizers.

6. Before you blend them in an ordinary blender, most ingredients benefit from being cut into smaller chunks with a very sharp knife. Greens should be shredded, and veggies should be in cubes around one inch or less.

7. At first, follow recipes rather than make your own mixtures, this will help you learn what you like and dislike, and what unusual combinations are real winners.

8. If you are using green smoothies as part of a weight loss program, try keeping a smoothie in the fridge, and sip it when you would normally eat a snack.

9. Green smoothies need more liquid than fruit smoothies – typically 10 to 12 ounces.

10. Choose filtered water as your base, or ring the changes with coconut water, almond milk, soy milk or half juice, half water. If you’re not concerned about weight gain, then you can use whole juice.

11. Add the liquid first and start to blend before you add the solid ingredients. This creates a vortex, and makes for a faster and smoother blend.

12. Add fruit before you add the veggies. Fruit typically gets slushy more quickly than vegetables do.

13. If you plan to use yogurt or honey, add these after you blend in the fruit and before you add the veggies.

14. Use the pulse to ensure that things break down in the goblet quickly.
15. Start blending at slow speeds, and get faster as you go.

15. Start blending at slow speeds, and get faster as you go.
16. Make sure the lid is firmly placed on the blender, and stop blending to add ingredients,

16. Make sure the lid is firmly placed on the blender, and stop blending to add ingredients,
unless you are using a very slow speed.
17. If you don’t seem to be blending too well, stop, use a wooden spoon to push the fruit and veggies onto the blades, and start again at the slowest speed, increasing speed gradually.

17. If you don’t seem to be blending too well, stop, use a wooden spoon to push the fruit and veggies onto the blades, and start again at the slowest speed, increasing speed gradually.

18. Add ice last of all. For extra zip, make ice cubes from pure fruit juice or veggie juice.

19. You get the most benefit if you drink your smoothie right away.

20. You can store a smoothie in a covered container in the fridge for a day or two. An insulated drinks container works well.

21. Blend fresh pineapple, coconut water, unsweetened coconut, a few raisins, raw cashews and a handful of spinach for a Pina Colada green smoothie

22. An orange, a small banana, plain yogurt, a handful of raw green peas, half a handful of strawberries and filtered water (if you like a lighter consistency) make a Pea Green smoothie

23. A small bundle of watercress, a dash of salt, pepper and vinegar and a can of V8 make a London Pride

24. A cup of bean sprouts, fresh pineapple, almond milk, a dash of soy sauce, two button mushrooms and a dozen lychees make a Peking Warrior

25. Blackberries, almond milk, a banana, a large sprig of broccoli and raw cashews make a Dark and Dangerous

26. Half a cucumber, an inch or two of fresh ginger, a teaspoon of honey, and the juice of half a lime make a Green Queen

27. A handful of mint leaves, a handful of spinach leaves, filtered water, half an apple and some shelled pistachio nuts make an Eye Opener

28. Orange juice, a peach, filtered water, a handful of greens and some seedless green grapes make a Down South

29. You can play with proportions of these and any other green smoothie ideas until you get what you like.

30. If you only have one green smoothie a day, drink it at breakfast time to start your day with an energy explosion!

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