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Chilly Green Smoothie Recipe

Chilly Green Smoothie Recipe



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Health experts at Vivier Health have found that smoothies “have the ability to cover a wider space in the gastrointestinal system than solid foods, which have to be broken down.” Replacing meals with healthy smoothies gives your body time to rest and recover after a serious bout of heartburn.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup honeydew melon
  • 1 Cup skinned, seeded cucumber
  • 2 stalks celery
  • ½ Cup plain yogurt
  • ½ Cup ice cubes
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chopped ginger

Servings2

Calories Per Serving86

Folate equivalent (total)39µg10%


Low Carb Green Smoothie Recipe

Green vegetables will be an important part of your diet, no matter which you choose. Keto, Whole30, low-carb and more feature greens as a centerpiece.

Vegetables do have some carbs, but they are so low you can easily maintain a diet of under 50 grams per day with a diet packed with fresh vegetables.

This low-carb green smoothie recipe is a quick and easy way to get all of those healthy greens into your meal plan.

The avocado provides a lot of healthy fats and the leafy green spinach has a serving of fiber.


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Get your greens and fruit in a glass with this nourishing yogurt smoothie

This green smoothie is not magical. It will not detoxify you (your liver, lungs and digestive system do that just fine) or cleanse you (food doesn’t make you clean or dirty) or fulfill the overblown promises inevitably made about one food or another right after the New Year’s ball drops.

What this smoothie is, however, is a delicious and healthful breakfast or snack that can serve as a mental reset for a fresh start to the year.

Its beautiful celadon hue immediately signals “healthy,” reinforcing that it’s a step toward your best intentions for wellness in 2021. Sipping it is a reminder of how that goal can be achieved with absolute pleasure.

It’s cool, creamy and gently tangy with a base of plain yogurt (providing calcium, protein and probiotics) softly sweetened with whole fruit — a very ripe pear and few dates (adding fiber, vitamin C and minerals) — and with a refreshing zing of ginger root. A handful of almonds adds a layer of texture (plus more protein, fiber and healthy fat), and spinach leaves provide that gorgeous green color and nutritional benefits without any detectable flavor, making this smoothie an ideal way to stealthily incorporate leafy vegetables.


  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 2 cups (300 g) green grapes
  • 2 slices (170 g) pineapple, peeled, halved
  • 1 (150 g) medium bananas, peeled
  • 2 medium limes, peeled
  • ½ cup (70 g) cashews, roasted, unsalted
  • 2 jalapeño, stemmed, seeded
  • 4 cups (120 g) fresh spinach
  • 2 cups (260 g) ice cubes
  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Start the blender on its lowest speed, then quickly increase to its highest speed
  3. Blend for 1 minute or until desired consistency is reached, using the tamper to press ingredients toward the blades.

5 Green smoothie tips to get you started:

Before we share our most popular green smoothie recipe, we need to welcome you into the world of green smoothies with a few important tips…

1. Follow the 60/40 formula.

When you’re making your first few green smoothies, don’t just throw things in the blender. Chances are, it’ll taste nasty if you wing it right out of the gate. To save you a few smoothie-fails, bust out those cute lil’ measuring cups and follow this simple formula: 60% fruits to 40% leafy greens.

2. Blend in stages to avoid leafy chunks.

Chewing your green smoothie is no fun! To get a “smooth” green smoothie experience, blend up your leafy greens and liquid-base first. Then add your remaining fruits and blend again.

3. Ditch the ice and freeze some fruits.

Want your green smoothie to be extra chilly? Freeze your favorite fruits like ripe bananas (peel first), grapes, pineapple or berries. This is also a great way to not waste ripe fruits (like those brown bananas on your counter). You can also freeze your leafy greens in a freezer-safe bag. Just make sure to add your frozen greens straight to the blender (don’t defrost these fragile lil’ guys).

4. Use raw natural sweeteners.

Add naturally sweet fruits to any smoothie that tastes bitter or a bit too “green.” By sticking with naturally sweet fruits like bananas, mango, apples, pears or pitted dates, we avoid artificial sweeteners and processed sugars.

5. Make smoothies ahead for the perfect fast food.

We know life can get crazy busy— especially in the morning. That’s why we think green smoothies are the healthiest fast food for people who are constantly on the go.

You can blend your green smoothie the night before and store it in your fridge (up to 2 days). Use an airtight lid to limit oxidation and keep it as fresh as possible. When ready to drink, give it a good shake before you open.

If you follow these five green smoothie tips, we pinky promise your green smoothies will be love at first sip! Now, here’s a favorite recipe we make for friends and family who’ve never tried a green smoothie before…


Harriet Emily

Just going by that drool-worthy photo, would you ever guess that cauliflower is hidden in this slim smoothie? Well it is, and this cruciferous veggie just happens to be one of the most body-transforming foods, thanks to its low calorie and high nutrient content. Brimming with vitamins C and B, as well as fiber, the cauliflower is a wonderful detoxifier and body regulator. This recipe by Harriet Emily gets an A+ for incorporating the subtly-flavored veg.


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Green Smoothies vs. Green Juice

Both healthy green smoothie recipes and green juice recipes are good for you (well, except for if you go on a long juice fast&hellip), but is one preferable to the other?

Juicing tends to strip away fiber, which means that healthy green smoothies may keep you fuller longer, says Michelle Truong-Leikauf, R.D., author of food blog Mitch in the Kitchen. Smoothies also pack maximum nutrition thanks to fibrous plant skins and pulp that contain micronutrients like carotenoids and flavonoids, which help reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.

If you're a picky eater, juices may be better at diversifying and disguising plants you might not otherwise eat. "Think wheatgrass, beets, jicama, kale, cucumbers," says Kristina LaRue, R.D., L.D.N., author of food blog Love and Zest. "You may not like the taste or texture of certain fruits and vegetables, but the good news is they taste different when juiced." Plus, people with sensitive stomachs caused by conditions such as IBS or a flare-up of colitis may handle juices better than smoothies as well because they are easier to digest thanks to the lack of fiber however, Truong-Leikauf cautions against juices that are heavy on fruit due to their sugar concentration. Even these naturally occurring sugars can cause issues for those with sensitive stomachs. (Related: The Best Juice for What&rsquos Bugging You)

Ready to blend? We've collected the best healthy green smoothie recipes you can whip up at home.


Way to customize this recipe

  • Liquids: Coconut water, coconut milk, almond milk, any dairy-free milk, or juices (pineapple, orange juice).
  • Yogurt: Greek yogurt (plain and unsweetened greek), regular yogurt, or any dairy-free.
  • Leafy Greens: Types of lettuce like Bibb or romaine, baby kale or spinach, parsley, beet greens, or watercress.
  • Hearty Greens: Cucumber, broccoli, celery, zucchini, fennel, green bell pepper.
  • Fresh Fruit: Grapes, apples, pears, mango, banana.
  • Frozen Fruit: Pineapple, mango, or banana.
  • Nutritional Boost: Matcha powder, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, collagen, protein powders.
  • Sweeteners: Honey, agave, dates, date syrup, maple syrup or stevia.

These ingredients will keep the green color of the smoothie. Feel free to add other colored produce or juice, but it may change to appearance. Check serving sizes and minimize the amount of added sugar, as smoothies can become high in calories if drinking too much at one time.


VARIATIONS:

I haven’t done much experimenting with different green monster recipes since I love this one so much, but I’ve added in strawberries before and that was pretty good but I won’t do it again probably. I’ve also added in 1-2 Tablespoons of peanut butter but I wasn’t a huge fan of that either. This morning I blended in raw oats. I couldn’t taste them but it’s 3:55pm and I haven’t even had my lunch time green monster yet, so it’s really kept me full. The fun part is playing around with a green monster recipe until you find one that you adore!! This site has a ton of green monster smoothie recipes and a complete movement dedicated to the GREEN MONSTER!!