So this is called my “Everyday Green Smoothie” for a reason. I make this smoothie (or a close variation of it) every.single.day. My husband takes one to go and drinks it on his way to work every morning, and that makes me a happy girl. At least I know he got SOME nutrition in for the day, because when he leaves this house, all bets are off. He may get a lunch. He may not. He may go to the cafeteria at the hospital and grab something semi-healthy or he may do a drive-by vending machine lunch. It’s completely unpredictable! So I feel good about sending him off with a smoothie that I know will provide him with some nutrients and energy for his busy day!
Notice I call this my “Everyday Green SMOOTHIE”…it’s a smoothie, not a juice. What’s the difference? Well it’s really pretty simple. In smoothies, whole fruits and vegetables are blended together into a thick mixture. The pulp is retained, and subsequently the fiber is retained. When you juice, you run the fruits and vegetables through a juicing machine and the juice is extracted from said fruit and vegetable. The pulp is left behind and what you have left is…well….juice. To read more on the difference and benefits of juicing and blending, read my post dedicated to this topic here.
There are different camps when it comes to green smoothies. Some argue that they really aren’t as healthy as many claim they are. But I say, they certainly can be super nutritious, if you follow a couple of guidelines.
- First, it’s important to make sure that you have more vegetables in your smoothie than fruit. When you do just fruit or mostly fruit, you end up getting a smoothie that is a TON of sugar- albeit fruit sugar, but sugar nonetheless. I’m not opposed to the sugar in fruit. However if you have too much of any sugar at one time with no protein to back it up, you end up creating spikes in blood sugar, with subsequent blood sugar drop-outs. NO GOOD.
- Take this smoothie as an opportunity to add in some healthy fat! An avocado or some coconut oil are great additions. If you wanted, you could add some chia seeds or hemp seeds as well, which would also add some great protein!
My Everyday Green Smoothie really has a good mix of a lot of different things. It’s detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, filling, tasty and packed with vitamins and minerals! But I encourage you to make it your own! If you’re a newbie to smoothies, stick with the spinach. If you’re an old pro at smoothies, maybe try out a sturdier green like kale. And if you have thyroid issues or are on Coumadin, I would talk to your doctor before consuming mass quantities of either of those in their raw state. If you hate bananas, leave ’em out. Parsley would make a great swap out for cilantro if you’re in the no-coriander club. My point is, get creative and enjoy!
- Start loading your high speed blender (I use a Vitamix but Ninjas are great too!) starting with the fruits and veggies with the most water.
- I start with the orange, then celery, then spinach and cilantro, then banana and ginger. That's just my preference but you can do whatever works for you.
- Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Add your fat of choice in at this time.
- If you are not using frozen bananas, then add in about a cup of ice to make it cold.
- Blend once more until all is well incorporated.
- Serve chilled!
PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog.