Everyone has been talking about green smoothies, and for good reason. They’re a great dietary supplement and they help you if you want to get a head start on your diet or weight loss program.
A green smoothie is a great way to begin your day with an extra energy boost from all those all-natural and good-for-you nutrients. You can also add powders and other supplements to your green smoothie for an extra level of nutrition.
If you’re worried about the taste, you have a good reason to be. After all, kale and spinach don’t taste great when you eat them in a salad, nevermind mixed up in a smoothie. However, there are plenty of ways to mask those less-than-tasty ingredients and make your smoothie something you look forward to every day, instead of dreading it. Here are six ways to enhance your diet and lifestyle with delicious and nutritious green smoothies.
Start with something good
The core ingredients of your smoothie should include plenty of fresh greens and vegetables, but there’s no reason not to add some tastier ingredients. Using fruit juice or berries as a base can help make a green smoothie much more drinkable; for a creamier, fruitier smoothie, start with peaches, bananas, or mangoes.
Bulk up with protein powder
Use some vanilla protein powder in your smoothie to boost its nutritional value and give it a better taste. If you want, you can experiment with chocolate or banana flavors as well. Half a scoop or a whole scoop is enough to give you an extra boost of protein and flavor. It will also up the calorie content of the smoothie, so you can use it like a breakfast shake instead of just a supplement.
Use rice, almond, or coconut milk
Any sort of natural milk can help make your green smoothie taste and feel more like a fruit smoothie. You can choose from unsweetened, sweetened, vanilla, or other types of almond or coconut milk. It will also give you more protein and extra vitamins and minerals that are important to your body’s health.
Don’t just throw everything in together
Don’t just put all the ingredients in the blender and blend them at the same time. You should start by blending your greens, any liquids, and ice (if you choose to use ice) first, and then add other ingredients like fruits, powders, or yogurt. This helps the greens break down so you can actually drink your smoothie instead of having to chew it.
Replace the ice with frozen fruit
Frozen fruits have all the same nutritional benefits and properties as fresh fruits, so you don’t have to worry about missing out on vital vitamins or minerals, and you’ll be opening yourself up to a whole new world of recipe possibilities and flavors. Frozen fruits also give your smoothie a thicker texture and will sweeten it naturally, no added sugar required.
Experiment with greens powders
Greens powders come in the same sort of jugs as protein powders and can be found in almost any natural foods store; your local grocery store might even carry some. You can get a whole foods blend or a superfood blend; the ingredients list should tell you exactly what you’re getting. Greens powders give you even more nutritional benefits without having to go overboard on your weekly vegetable budget.