Once you start making OneGreenSmoothies, you won’t need any recipes, just approximate and use what you have on hand. Guzzle the fails and enjoy the wins!
Here are a few tips, however, to increase your success rate:
- Your liquid goes in first ie, water, juice, or non-dairy milk. Next add any nuts or seeds followed by greens. then fruit. Frozen items always go in last.
- Baby spinach is the mildest green and perfect for beginners.
- OneGreenSmoothies are more fun served with a straw!
NEWBIE ONEGREENSMOOTHIE RECIPE
There are literally thousands of green smoothie recipes online, but the basic newbie OneGreenSmoothie recipe that has universal appeal, even to children, follows:
- 1 cup liquid–non-dairy milk, juice, or filtered water
- 1 big handful baby spinach
- 1 chunk cucumber or 1 whole baby cucumber
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 handful frozen pineapple chunks
Other newbie friendly ingredients could be an orange, apple, maybe some cinnamon.
After you have established the OneGreenSmoothie habit, start to adjust down the fruit and up the greens. Your taste buds will adapt. In the beginning, don’t mix berries with greens because they will turn the color a dark brown which isn’t as appealing as that bright, vibrant green!
Once you get the basics down, start to play around with some of the following:
- Nuts and/or nut butters–you absolutely must have a high-speed blender if you’re going to do this as any non-blended items clog the straw and create a gross factor. These thicken the smoothie so start with just a little, especially for younger children.
- Overnight oats–Soak some oats overnight with non-dairy milk, a little vanilla, and cinnamon. Add a spoonful or two to make your smoothie heartier.
- Avocado–makes it thick and creamy so just start with a little. Other great fats to add are are fresh flax oil (keep in fridge and use within 30 days) and coconut oil.
- Other greens such as baby kale and baby chard. Both Trader Joes and Costco sell a great mixed bag of these along with baby spinach taking convenience off the excuse table. Try Romaine or butter lettuce, fresh mint or stevia leaves, too!
- Bland veggies such a cauliflower and yellow squash.
- Berries and seeds such as goji, golden, pumpkin, hemp, flax, chia
- Sweet, but healthy powders such as TOCOS (Rice Bran Solubles) and/or Boabab
Get creative and have fun!
FOR THE PROS
When you’ve mastered the basic OneGreenSmoothie and have played around with the additional add-ins, you can take it up a notch with spicier items such as:
- A chunk of peeled ginger and/or turmeric
- Arugula and dandelion greens
- Supplemental green powders
- Spirulina powder
- Chlorella powder
- Macuna Puriens
There are as many ways to make a OneGreenSmoothie as there are people on the planet. The main thing is just to get started, have fun, enjoy feeling as vibrant as the ingredients you use!