How to Make a Great Tasting Green Smoothie

in , , by FroBunni, Friday, August 04, 2017

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I love smoothies, especially green smoothies. They're a great way to get 3-4 servings of fruit and vegetables in a single cup, and even better, they taste delicious. I always recommend them to people who are trying to get healthy or just trying to eat more fruits and vegetables.

I'm always asked how to make green smoothies taste good. It's actually really easy! I have a few tips that will always give you delicious and nutritious green smoothies.

Most green smoothies contain about 3-4 servings of fruit, and to get it to blend smoothly, you'll need some liquid, about 1/2 cup. I like to use water, but I've also used tea, milk, almond milk, and coconut milk. You can use whatever you want, but the most important thing is you have 1/2 cup of it.

The Ratio
Green smoothies, or any smoothie with a vegetable, will require the 2:1 ratio, meaning two servings of fruit per one vegetable. This will help hide the flavor of the vegetable, while preventing the smoothie from being too sweet. While this ratio won't always apply (vegetables like sorrel and rhubarb have a more tart flavor compared to other vegetables), it's the general rule of thumb for a great tasting green smoothie.

Pick a Green
When most people think of green smoothies, they think kale and spinach, but that's only the tip of the iceberg. Collards, turnip greens, swiss chard, and arugula can easily replace the two mainstays. If you're not fond of those, consider herbs, like mint, lemongrass, and basil, which offer a slightly sweeter and tart taste. Quick tip: always blend greens first before adding the fruits. Greens tend to be more fiberous than fruits, so blending them twice helps to create a smooth consistency.

Flavor Pairings
Generally speaking, certain fruits pair better with each other. For a taste of the tropics, add pineapple, mango, papaya, and coconut; while pomes - apples and pears - provide a lightly sweet and crisp taste to smoothies. Winter fruits, such as pomegranates, clementines, and kiwi are citrusy and refreshing. But even though certain fruits go better together, get creative and make your own combinations.

Other Tips
If you need to make your smoothie sweeter, instead of sugar, add some honey or a date (make sure you remove the pit first). If you need it sweeter, but don't want the extra calories, monk fruit and stevia are two natural no-calorie options (just be aware that monk fruit taste better cold). Nuts and seeds can be added for some protein, and for extra vitamins and minerals, add chia seeds, spirulina, or flaxseeds, though this may alter the flavor slightly.

And that's it! See, I told you making green smoothies was easy. And don't forget, these aren't rules, more so what's worked for me. So try different combinations and get creative. Your favorite smoothie may be one that no one has thought of yet!

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