Ever since I got on my green smoothies kick in December 2013 and became a vegetarian last June I’ve gotten a lot of questions about what I eat (and why LOL) so I want to share some of my health journey with y’all. I think the easiest way is to start is with green smoothies for beginners. Green smoothies are a quick and easy way to get some extra veggies and fruits into your diet and see noticeable changes in your energy, weight, hair, skin and/or nails.If you follow me on IG then you’ve seen my green smoothie posts and some of the yummy vegetarian meals I’ve found on my quests throughout NYC. A lot of the recipes I post are definitely green smoothies for beginners because they’re so simple but I know getting started can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to begin. I’m going to walk you through all of the things you need for classic green smoothies for beginners.
Disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor nor do I have ANY formal training in the medical field. I am only sharing what works for me in hopes that it inspires you to do your research and talk to your doctor(s) about living a healthier lifestyle.
Base | The first thing you want to pick is your liquid base which ironically usually gets added last. You should pick the base that you need at the moment. For example, if you want energy add freshly brewed, unsweetened, chilled green tea. If you’re active, add coconut water. My favorite when I want my green smoothies to tastes more like a shake and have a thicker consistency is to add unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
Greens | Choosing your greens is the fun part. There are TONS of greens you can add and keep in mind you can mix and match or add a little of this and a dash of that. My favorite greens are spinach and kale but I usually use more spinach.
Fruit | Of course you need to add fruit for a lil’ sweet. Bananas are usually in all of my smoothies and I would definitely recommend them in green smoothies for beginners because they make your smoothie taste so much better. I usually peel my ripe bananas, cut them up then freeze them until I’m ready to use them. Soooo yummy.
Make | (1) Find the “fill” or “max” line on your blender cup or jar. If you’re using a full-sized blender, decide how many ounces/cups you want to make and use that line as your marker/point of reference. (2) Fill your blender 1/3 or 1/2 with fruit (I fill mine 1/3 or 1/4 fruit). (3) Add your greens up to your “fill” or “max” line. (4) Add your base/liquid up to your “fill” or “max” line. (5) Blend until smooth. (6) Enjoy!
I like to add other extras to my green smoothies but I’ll share those in a later post! The more you make green smoothies, the easier it will be to measure ingredients without a cup or spoon, too. I don’t use them much anymore. However, until you’re comfortable definitely measure your ingredients when you try different recipes.
I hope you enjoyed this. Please leave any questions or favorite recipes below.
*The chart above is not mine, I’m not sure where I found it but I did want to share it as a resource since I think it is helpful.