A Trio of Green Smoothie Recipes
Green Smoothies for Top Nutrition & Energy!
These yummy drinks are popular these days, and with good reason. It’s a great way to get more greens in your diet for those that aren’t that thrilled with veggies or salads.
Obviously some recipes are better than others, and have more greens. However, if you are just starting out, you might want to try smoothies with more fruit in them. That’s a more familiar taste, and a nice start to trying out smoothies.
Here are a trio of recipes. You can decide what you like best and what works for you!
Recipe #1: Mayo Clinic’s Green Smoothie
This one is a great source of Vitamins A & C. It makes 4 servings.
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- Juice of 1 lemon (about 4 tablespoons)
- 1/2 cup other berries such as blackberries or blueberries
- 2 ounces fresh raw baby spinach (about 2 cups)
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint or to taste
- 1 cup cold water or ice
Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender and puree.
Recipe #2: Watercress And Pineapple Smoothie
This one is a little different, using watercress as the greens. Note it includes pineapple juice, so a little more natural sugars. Like the recipe above, it also has a lot of vitamins A and C, along with a dash of calcium and Magnesium.
- 2 cups pineapple juice
- 1 bunch of watercress, well washed
- 3 tablespoons of sugar, or stevia to taste
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 cup of cracked ice.
Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. If too thick, add some water.
Recipe #3: Green Smooth-See
This recipe comes from Joy Bauer’s “Food Cures”, and includes vitamins C and E, plus zinc, lutein and beta-carotene. It makes one serving.
- 1 carrot, peeled and grated
- 2 kiwifruit, skin removed
- 1 cup baby spinach leaves
- 1/2 cup watercress
- 1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup avocado, mashed (3 tablespoons)
- 2 tablespoons of wheat germ
- 2 tablespoons of water
- 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon prepared horseradish
- Pinch of salt
Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Note, if you had a Vitamix, you wouldn’t need to peel and grate the carrot. Just wash it off and cut it up in a few pieces.
All of these recipes can be made in a cheap run-of-the-mill blender, but to make it really easy to make these and other smoothie recipes… plus a whole lot of other stuff… I highly recommend a Vitamix. You can read about how it makes it easier to make green smoothies HERE, or go straight to information pages at Vitamix to read about them.