Greens are good for us. We know it and we work as many salads into our diet as possible. Let’s be real here though. There are only so many salads you can eat in a given week before you start to feel like a rabbit. Smoothies give you a great alternative to work even more fresh greens into your diet.
If you’re new to green smoothies, I encourage you to give it a try. If you’re used to fruit and yogurt smoothies that look and taste more like a milkshake, a green smoothie may seem like an odd thing. Trust me, they are delicious and will soon become your favorite way to consume your greens.
Making green smoothies is very easy. Get out your blender and add a couple of big handfuls of leafy greens. Good choices for your smoothies include spinach, kale, chard, and even romaine lettuce. Pick your favorite greens and start there. Feel free to mix and match using up whatever greens need to be used up first. Ideally you want mix and match as many different types of greens as possible. This will make sure you get a wide variety of nutrients. You can even include some micro greens and herbs here and there.
As you get started making green smoothies try filling up the rest of your blender with plenty of fresh or frozen fruit or maybe even a little fruit juice to give your taste buds a chance to get used to the flavor. Green smoothies are tasty, but they can be a bit of an acquired taste. Starting out with plenty of fruit in the beginning will make the greens more palatable. As time goes by, you can make an effort to reduce the amount of fruit you use as needed. If losing a bit of weight is one of your goals, or if you’re doing everything you can to reduce your sugar intake, then cutting back on the fruit you use and cutting out juice as early as possible, should be your goal.
Either way, you’ll end up with a delicious smoothie and a new way to include lots of fresh greens in your diet. Since you’re using whole foods and lots of leafy greens, you not only get all the nutrients in these foods but also lots of fiber that will keep you full longer. Green smoothies are an excellent way to use up lots of greens and get them into your diet. You’ll be surprised how many greens you can pack into one little smoothie that’s easy to drink. It’s much easier to consume them this way than in the form of a salad. And you’re not adding processed food and salt in the form of bottled salad dressing. Green smoothies are an excellent choice and something you should try for yourself.