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How to make green smoothies

 

 

1) SPINACH OR UGWU SMOOTHIE WITH MANGO AND LIME

Frozen mango and green grapes naturally sweeten this refreshing drink.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 cups stemmed and chopped ugwu or spinach or kale

1 1/2 cups of mango (Fleshy part cut into cups)

1 cup green grape

Directions

Combine the lime juice, ½ cup water, the ugwu or spinach, mango, and grapes in a blender and puree until smooth, about 1 minute, adding more water to reach your desired consistency.

 

 

 

 

2) SPINACH SMOOTHIE WITH AVOCADO AND APPLE

The avocado makes this smoothie creamy without any additional dairy.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups apple juice

2 cups stemmed and chopped spinach or kale

1 apple—unpeeled, cored, and chopped

1/2 avocado, chopped

Directions

Combine the apple juice, spinach, apple, and avocado in a blender and puree until smooth, about 1 minute, adding water to reach the desired consistency.

 

 

 

3) MANGO MELON GREEN SMOOTHIE

Watermelon is a great way to naturally sweeten your green smoothie AND it adds a good dose of lycopene, Vitamins A and C, and dietary fiber into your day. Mangos give this smoothie a nice, silky texture and another boost of Vitamin A. Coconut water adds another sweet, hydrating element. And of course, the green element – spinach – is loaded with iron, vitamins and minerals. This is one refreshing, antioxidant packed green smoothie! Serves 2

 Ingredients

2 cups spinach
2 cups coconut water
1 ½ cups diced mango
1 ½ cups diced melon*

*Any melon can be used.

 Directions

Blend spinach and coconut water until smooth.

Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth.

 

 

4) SPINACH, GRAPE, AND COCONUT SMOOTHIE

With just 3 ingredients and a handful of ice, you can whip up a delicious breakfast or snack in minutes.

Ingredients

1 cup seedless green grapes

1 cup packed baby spinach (spinach harvested early, small leaves)

1/2 cup ice

1/4 cup coconut milk

Directions

Place the grapes, spinach, ice, and coconut milk in a blender.

Blend until smooth and frothy.

 

 

 

 

5) KALE SMOOTHIE WITH PINEAPPLE AND BANANA

Coconut milk, chopped pineapple, and banana add a tasty tropical twist.

Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut milk

2 cups stemmed and chopped kale or spinach

1 1/2 cups chopped pineapple (about 1/4 medium pineapple)

1 ripe banana, chopped

Directions

Combine the coconut milk, ½ cup water, the kale, pineapple, and banana in a blender and puree until smooth, about 1 minute, adding more water to reach the desired consistency.

 

 

 

6) ‘TAKES TWO TO MANGO’ GREEN SMOOTHIE

Give your heart a healthy boost with rolled oats and oranges in this green smoothie recipe. Serves 2

Ingredients      

2 cups fresh spinach
1 ½ cups water
2 cups of mango (fleshy part cut into cup)
1 orange, peeled
¼ cup rolled oats

Directions

Blend spinach, orange, and water until smooth.

Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth.

 

 

 

7) PINEAPPLE MOJITO GREEN SMOOTHIE

Friends will keep coming back for more when you serve up this refreshingly sweet drink. This green smoothie recipe is a great way to introduce others to the world of green smoothies! Serves 2

Ingredients

2 cups kale or Spinach or Ugwu
2 cups coconut water
3 cups pineapple
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
Juice of 1 lime

 Directions

Blend kale and coconut water until smooth.

Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth.

 

 

8) COCONUT PEACH GREEN SMOOTHIE

The coconut milk makes this extra creamy and rich – almost like a peach milkshake. Adding an orange boosts up the Vitamin C level and adds an extra sweet-tart element that helps highlight the flavor of the fresh peaches. Serves 2

Ingredients

2 cups spinach
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups sliced peaches*
1 orange, peeled

Directions

Blend spinach and coconut milk until smooth.

Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth.

*Any variety of peaches or nectarines is fine. Other stone fruits like apricots, plums, and cherries can also be used if peaches aren’t available.

 

 

 

9) STRAWBERRY GINGER ZINGER

Strawberries aren’t just delicious, they are also one of the healthiest foods you can eat (or drink). They contain antioxidants that provide cardiovascular benefits. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties as well as aiding in digestion and helping the body naturally detoxify. It may also help alleviate pain – from arthritis to menstrual pain and more. Such a great thing to add into your daily green smoothie to give it some pep and up the nutrients even more. Serves 2

Ingredients

2 cups almond milk
2 cups baby spinach (spinach harvested early, small leaves)
2 cups strawberries
1 banana
1 tablespoon grated ginger, to taste

 Directions

Blend spinach and almond milk until smooth.

Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth.

*Any berry can be substituted here – blackberries are particularly nice. Don’t like ginger? You can leave it out or add another favorite spice, like cinnamon.

 

10) PUMPKIN SPICE GREEN SMOOTHIE

Pumpkin, particularly the flesh of the pumpkin, is packed with fiber (great for digestion and feeling fuller longer), vitamin A (great for your eyes), and iron (great for healthy blood).  And when you blend it with the perfect combination of ingredients, this nutritious food turns into a deliciously-healthy treat. Serves 2

 Ingredients

2 cups fresh spinach
2 cups almond milk, unsweetened
1 cup pumpkin, unsweetened (fresh)
1 banana
1 cup mango
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

Blend spinach and almond milk until smooth.

Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth.

 

 

11) TROPICAL TURMERIC CLEANSER GREEN SMOOTHIE

Lemon juice aids the liver in flushing out toxins naturally and acts as a diuretic. Ginger aids in digestion and has numerous anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Two compounds found in high concentration in ginger, gingerol and shoga, may help the entire digestive tract to relief any discomfort from gas, constipation, diarrhea, and bloating. Turmeric, another natural liver detoxifier. We most often find it in its dried, ground form. It lends a gorgeous yellow color to curries, mustard, and other foods we consume on a normal basis. But adding in a little extra turmeric into your diet adds big benefits. Pineapple and mango add natural sweetness as well as fiber and loads of Vitamins A and C.  Serves 2

Ingredients

2 cups kale
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups pineapple
1 cup mango
Juice of ½ lemon
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger
¼ to 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric, to taste

Directions

Blend kale and coconut milk until smooth.

Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth.

 

12) KALE-APPLE SMOOTHIE WITH BANANA

The apple juice and bananas mask the vegetable flavors so well, you’ll barely taste the kale.

Ingredients

3/4 cup chopped kale, ribs and thick stems removed

1 small stalk celery, chopped

1/2 banana

1/2 cup apple juice

1/2 cup ice

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions

Place the kale, celery, banana, apple juice, ice, and lemon juice in a blender.

Blend until smooth and frothy.

 

 

13) MEAL ON THE GO GREEN SMOOTHIE

Healthy fats and proteins are the way to go if you want to power up with a meal replacement green smoothie. This combo of almond butter and rolled oats is a must to keep you feeling full and fuel you ’til your next meal.  Serves 2

 Ingredients

2 cups fresh kale
2 cups almond milk, unsweetened
2 cups berries
1 banana
2 tablespoons almond butter + ¼ cup rolled oats

 Directions

Blend kale and almond milk until smooth.

Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth.

 

 

 


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