It’s January again: “new year, new you” and all that. While I’m not one to jump on the resolution bandwagon, I have to admit I did make just one New Year’s resolution this year: to eat more vegetables. (Yawn! Yes, I hear you and agree that it’s the most boring resolution ever.) But here’s the thing, it’s so much easier to say you’re going to eat more of something than less, right? Like I’d never say “I resolve to give up eating chocolate this year.” That’s just crazy talk!
So what’s the easiest way to eat more greens and veggies? Green smoothies of course! I’m a recent convert to the green side and have my neighbor to thank for easing me into it. The first one I tried was her favorite recipe, a combination of fresh spinach, frozen mango and cayenne pepper with just a bit of ice and water blended in. It was surprisingly sweet, spicy and delicious.
The secret to making a smoothie taste great isn’t adding a pound of super sweet fruit to mask the taste of the greens (although that’s one way). Instead, find a combination of flavors that appeals to your personal taste buds. These days I like my green smoothie more on the sour side as opposed to overly sweet, so I add fresh lemon juice for pucker and fresh ginger for some zing. Smoothies are an easy way to experiment in the kitchen because you can add anything that appeals to you whether you prefer sweet, savory, sour or spicy flavors.
Here are a few tips for smoothie newbies:
- For your first green smoothie, stick to baby spinach for a milder flavor
- Fresh ginger adds a healthy kick — just make sure to peel it first
- Choose whole fruits over juices if you want to keep the calories down
- Frozen fruits are a great option to keep on hand for convenience
- For a thinner smoothie, add water, your favorite milk or even green tea
- A good blender is your best friend and will save you time by eliminating the need to peel and pre-chop your produce
- Juicing enough lemons for a weeks’ worth of smoothies is a time-saver for busy mornings, and this handy-dandy tool is a favorite
Yes, you can find thousands of smoothie recipes online but I thought I’d share my two new favorite recipes below.
I have one more little tip for you: if you like fresh, brightly colored smoothies you’ll want to avoid adding strawberries to your green smoothie. Red + green = brown, which is not a visually appealing color for a smoothie, even though it may taste just fine. It could also turn your family members off smoothies for life if they think they are about to drink a chocolate shake instead of a healthy fruit and veggie smoothie. You’ve been warned.
Want more smoothie recipes? Check out a few of our favorites on our here.
Do you have a smoothie recipe? If so, please share in the comments! I’m always on the lookout for a new one to try.
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