How to Make a Green Smoothie

Hi friends!

As you all know, I live on green smoothies and juice!

I have a juice or a smoothie (or both) every day, usually for breakfast.

I love to see  my friends stare at my large cup of green juice and ask, “what’s in that thing? Why is it so GREEN”?

I like think of it as a delicious glass of superfood. It’s a combination of nutritionally dense and alkaline greens, vegetables and fruits –  full of  vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to start your day off right.

Are you excited?

 Here are my rules 

  • Start with the basic green smoothie

  • If you plan on making a smoothie your meal, you can add good quality, plant-based protein (like, Vega)

  • Stick to a 2:1 ratio of veggies to fruits not to overload on sugar

  • Buy organic when possible to reap the full benefits of raw nutritious ingredients (bonus: you won’t have to peel the cucumbers!)

  • A frozen banana or an avocado makes a creamy smoothie

  • Alkalize! Balance your body’s acidity with cool foods (all the fruits and veggies listed below work nicely).

Tune in to see how easy they are to make!

Now that you have the basics, here are some examples of how you can change it up:

1. Greens
Spinach
Kale
Romaine

2. Veggies
Avocado
Cucumber
Celery

3. Fruit 
Acai
Apple
Pear
Banana
Blueberry
Mango
Peach
Pineapple
Strawberry

4. Superfood + protein powders
Vegan protein powder (examples: Vega Performance Protein, your favorite pea or hemp protein or Vitamineral Green)
Flax
Chia
Maca
Matcha
Green powders/blends (Spirulina, Chlorophyll, Blue-Green Algae, etc…)

5. Liquid
Non-Dairy milk (examples: almond, coconut, hemp)
Coconut water
Pure Water

Fun additions
Cacao powder
Cacao nibs
Nut butter
Nuts
Mint
Parsley
Flax seeds
Hemp seeds
Chia seeds

Optional sweeteners
Date
Stevia

I always eyeball the measurements, but if you need to have a bit more guidance in the beginning, I normally stick to about 2 handfuls of greens, a 2:1 ratio of veggies to fruits (frozen or fresh), a ½ cup of liquid, and a couple of tablespoons of superfood powder.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted August 10, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Green smoothies are amazing 😉

  2. Annie Bardet
    Posted August 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Maria! The video was awesome! And not even blurry at all:)

    • Posted August 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

      Oh thanks, Annie! I actually had to re-film it since the first one was really hard to see. It’s fine since I make a green smoothie every day anyway!

  3. Laura
    Posted June 11, 2013 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Maria, This would be a great mini segment for the cooking channel or food network. Very inspiring!
    Thanks for sharing

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