Green drinks have been in the health spotlight for years now, and whether you love ’em or hate ’em, there’s no denying they’re an easy way to get in a ton of nutrients in one meal that you might otherwise skip out on. Forget the juice cleansing and liquid diets. That’s not what green drinks are made for; they’re made to give us energy and provide us nutrients to energize our bodies. We all love to eat hearty and comforting foods, but when we need a high dose of energy, it’s best to turn to something clean, green and light on the body.

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Green drinks, whether juiced or blended, can both provide amazing nutrients for your mind and body. For example, they contain large amounts of nutrients that benefit the brain and also act as fuel for the cells. Greens are full of magnesium, B vitamins, iron, and other vitamins that boost immunity to keep you feeling well, such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Other ingredients in green drinks, such as fruit or herbs, or even roots like ginger, can also add to this effect and provide a balance of flavor and variety of nutrients.

Keep in mind that there’s no need to load your drinks down with an overdose of fruits. A little will go a long way, and too much may upset blood sugar levels or cause some bloating and GI issues due to the fruit sugar fermenting in the digestive tract. The liver only uses so much at a time, so opt sweeter vegetables or green such as carrots, romaine lettuce, and stick to low glycemic fruits like berries, green apples, and lemons or limes that provide more nutrients and fiber, with less sugar.

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Here are some steps to make a green drink that’s filled with flavor, nutrients, and best of all, provide an alkaline state to lower inflammation and flood your cells with chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals:

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1. Choose Your Method

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First, choose your method. Will you juice or blend? The choice is up to you. Green juices are great if you’re using them before a meal, not as a meal itself. They’re a great way to get in nutrients when you might otherwise not have time to, all in one serving, all super fat. They’re also easier to digest if you have a sensitive stomach and don’t want to drink so much fiber. They’re also absorbed quicker into the blood stream since there is no fiber needed for digestion before absorption of nutrients. If you don’t have a juicer, you can use your blender, blend the ingredients, and strain them through a nutmilk bag or cheesecloth and have homemade juice in a flash. If you do have a juicer, then you’re all set to go.

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Blending is great for those looking to use their drink in replacement to meals and who want the benefits of fiber to keep them full. Blended drinks can also be used as light snacks or even part of a larger meal. Many people enjoy them as breakfasts on the go or pre or post workout options.

Whatever method you choose is great and including both is even a great idea if you can swing it. The more alkaline nutrients your body receives, the better you’ll feel and the more nutrient-dense foods you’ll start to crave.

2. Choose Healthy Ingredients

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As mentioned, there’s no need to turn your drink into a sugar bomb. Plus, fruits aren’t cheap, so the more you use the more costly the drink will be. Keep the ingredients simple. Rotate your greens no matter what you make (a juice or smoothie) and go for nutrient-dense greens like kale, spinach, arugula, romaine, collards, Swiss chard, watercress, sprouts, parsley, cilantro, and other greens to make up at least 50-75 percent of your drinks. You can also freeze some low GI veggies and use them to make your smoothies frosty and creamy without bananas.

For the rest of your ingredients, choose those that are loaded with phytochemicals that also taste great and provide cleansing, stabliziing properties. These include: cucumbers that cool you off and detox the body, carrots that cleanse the body and promote energy and balance, ginger which warms the body and soothes digestion, fennel which calms the stomach and adds Vitamin C, and other items like celery, green apples, and citrus fruits that are relatively low-glycemic and offer energizing, cleansing and stabilizing benefits.

If you’re making a smoothie, then you can also add some non-dairy milk of choice, superfoods, perhaps a little stevia if you’re not using fruit or need extra sweetness, and even some plant-based protein powder to make it more filling and more flavorful.

3. Add Some Spice

After you’ve decided whether you’ll have a juice or smoothie and you’ve picked out your ingredients, then blend away or juice your heart out. But when you finish, add a sprinkle of a spice if you can. Cinnamon, cayenne, turmeric and powdered ginger (if you didn’t use the root) are all great options, even sprinkled over juice. These aren’t just for flavor, but they also provide healing and nutritional properties that reduce inflammation, improve energy, and aid in digestion.

4. Drink Them Cold

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If you juice, it’s best to pour them over ice since they often taste better cooled than at room temp. For smoothies, you can either use frozen ingredients (such as these lower sugar options to bananas), or add some ice cubes to the mix. You can also try making ice cubes out of almond milk to make it creamier. Just keep in mind, the more whole food, non-processed ingredients you use, the more energizing it will be. Most all green drinks taste better cold; they’ll still be nutrient-dense no matter if they’re room temp or chilled, but keep in mind they should be consumed as soon as possible to prevent the nutrients in the drinks from oxidizing and going to waste. Or, you can see How to Make Smoothie Prep Jars if you’re looking to get ahead for the week. Juices can sometimes be frozen and thawed, but are best when drank fresh or within one day in the fridge.

5. Keep Them Pretty Simple

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The simpler your recipes are, the simpler they’ll be to digest. This means more energy for you because your body doesn’t have to spend so much time on digestion of multiple foods and ingredients. A great ratio is 1-2 greens making up the most part of the drink, one fruit or sweet vegetable, a low GI veggie, a root like ginger or tumeric, and a piece of lemon or lime if you didn’t choose that as your fruit. Rotate the veggies you use each day and find out what your perfect match is. You’ll likely come up with a handful you enjoy and will love seeing the way different recipes make you feel.

Here are some good combos that make great green drinks:

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Green Juices:

  • 2-3 romaine leaves, 2-3 kale stalks, 1 carrot, 1/2 a cucumber, 1/2 a lemon, and a knob of ginger
  • 2-3 kale leaves, 1/2 bunch of parsley, 1/2 a green apple, a half a lime, a piece of turmeric and ginger
  • 2-3 bunches of Swiss chard, 2-3 leaves of romaine, 1 zucchini, half a blood orange, 1/2 a red bell pepper, a piece of lemon and ginger
  • 1 head of romaine, 1-2 carrots, 1/2 cup cranberries or blueberries, 1/2 a lemon or lime, ginger

Top any of these with cinnamon, cayenne, ginger, or turmeric, or any other spice you might like. Choose organic ingredients to avoid pesticides and harmful chemicals, pour over ice and enjoy.

Green Blended Drinks (Smoothies)

  • 1 cup spinach, 2 romaine leaves, half a cucumber, 4-5 baby carrots, squeeze of a lemon or lime, sprinkle of ginger, cinnamon, some stevia if needed, non-dairy milk, and ice.
  • 1 cup baby kale, 1/2 a cup of frozen zucchini cubes, 1/4 a green apple or 1/2 cup frozen berries, sprinkle of cinnamon or ginger, squeeze of a lemon or lime, non-dairy milk, stevia if needed, and ice.
  • 1 cup baby lettuces or herb mix, 1 stalk celery (chopped), 1 cup strawberries or raspberries, 1/2 an orange or grapefruit, cinnamon, cardamom, cayenne, stevia if needed, non-dairy milk, and ice.
  • 1 cup spinach, 1/2 bunch cilantro or watercress, frozen cucumber cubes, 1/2 a green apple, squeeze of lemon or lime, sprinkle of ginger and cinnamon, stevia if needed, non-dairy milk and ice.

You can also add superfoods and some raw or sprouted nut butter if you enjoy and find these keep you fuller longer. There’s also the option of plant-based protein powders or natural protein options that don’t require powdered mixes. Again, choose organic when possible to avoid contaminants in your drink.

Now, hit the juicers and blenders. You’re on your way to more energy in no time!

See more juice recipes here and all of our smoothie recipes here, and see The Anatomy of a Filling Green Smoothie: What to Use, What to Skip.

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I love having green juice. It just feels like I’m doing something good for my body when I drink it.

However, I don’t have a juicer, nor do I want to add another appliance to the mix – I’m short on space as it is.

And ya, you can buy green juice at the store, but spending $5-$10 on one juice was just not something I could fit in the budget.

Being the problem solver that I am, a couple of google searches and a trip to Target later, I was making green juice at home in my blender.

(I will preface this by saying you do need a high powered blender for this to work.)

All you need to do is add your veggies and fruit to the blender with some water. Blend away until everything is chopped nice and tiny – think smooth, but not smooth enough you would want to drink it as a smoothie.

Next take some cheese cloth and lay it over a bowl. Pour that green goodness onto the cheese cloth (making sure not to let the mixture go over the edge of the cloth). Wrap it up and start squeezing – with clean hands of course.

Once you have squeezed as much of the liquid out as possible, dispose of the leftover greens and the cheese cloth (if you have a compost the leftovers are like gold for your garden).

I usually split this recipe into 2 servings, but you could definitely drink the whole thing yourself. I like having my juice first thing in the morning – its a great way to start the day.

Short on time in the mornings? I like to make a day or two of juice ahead of time and store it in the fridge in mason jars.

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How To Make Green Juice in a Blender

Prep Time 5 minutes Total Time 5 minutes Servings 1 -2

  • 1 cup water
  • 2-3 cups chopped kale
  • 1 green apple cored and chopped
  • 1 large carrot chopped
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 in. fresh ginger
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high, pausing to scrape down the sides, until everything is thoroughly blended and combined.
  2. Lay some cheese cloth on top of a bowl and pour blended mixture on top (making sure not to let the mixture go over the edge of the cloth).
  3. Squeeze the cheese cloth with your (clean) hands until all of the liquid is separated into the bowl.
  4. Discard the cheese cloth and greens. Split juice between 1 or 2 glasses and serve.*

Recipe Notes

*If making ahead of time, pour juice into an airtight container and place in the fridge until ready to drink.

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You can make these juices in bulk and refrigerate for the week, or whip up the green goodness on the fly when your body is feeling sluggish. The key to making a green juice that doesn’t taste like weeds is to balance the herbs and greens with a little green apple, cucumber, or pineapple.

If you are interested in incorporating juices into your diet, then investing in a quality juicer is a good idea. Juicers can get expensive quickly, but for moderate juicing, you don’t need a juicer that’s too state-of-the-art. If you have a stand mixer, try looking into an attachment to cut down on extra kitchen gadgets.

1. Healthy Green Breakfast Juice

via I am Chef

This recipe calls for two green apples, but if you prefer your juices less sweet and heavier on the greens, you can add kale or Swiss chard (the recipe already has spinach) and only use one apple.

2. Get Up and Glow Juice

via The Blonde Chef

Packed with cucumber, mint, and grapefruit, this recipe was created to keep your skin glowing and hydrated all year long. You can make it the night before to have it ready for the morning.

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3. Soothing Morning Green Juice

via The Organic Kitchen

This recipe is perfect for children, beginner juicers, and for those who don’t like bitter greens. It calls for raw honey but you can swap with agave if you prefer.

4. Allergy Fighting Green Juice

via Vibrant Bean

For the citrus in this recipe, remove the peel to ensure the bitter pith doesn’t get juiced into the drink.

5. Mango, Kale, Spinach and Apple Recipe

via Love. Life. Eat

Here’s an option for anyone who doesn’t have a juicer but wants the same benefits of green juice. For an added bonus, this recipe is more filling than just a glass of juice so it can be subbed for a morning or afternoon snack.

6. Healthy Citrus Green Juice

via Daily Squeeze

Your morning OJ never tasted so good. Try adding grapefruit for extra citrus flavor. Instead of celery, you can also substitute half of a cucumber. If you like some serious bite in your beverages, try using half spinach, half arugula. The arugula provides a peppery flavor that will add a kick.

7. Celery Pear Healthy Green Juice

via Little Leopard Book

This recipe uses mint to add an herbal sweetness. If you don’t like a lot of pear flavor, use three pears and three green apples. While this recipe only makes one serving, double or triple it up and store the extra in the fridge.

8. Spinach Lemonade Recipe

via Nosh and Nourish

Bring a little summer to the cold weather with this healthy play on lemonade. The recipe suggests adding a splash of agave to the completed juice, which is needed to cut the tartness. Also, try juicing a mango into the blend for some natural sweetness.

9. Healthy Celery Green Juice

via Honest Cooking

Pressed Juicery’s green juice recipe is tasty and healthy. By balancing romaine and celery with strong flavors like kale, watercress, and ginger, this drink goes down easy.

10. Lean Green Juice

via Cheese Please

This green smoothie has a little tropical kick with the addition of pineapple and mint. If pineapple isn’t your favorite, you can use mango, peaches, or even fresh apricots. Throw in a scoop of protein powder for a post-work out snack.

11. Basil, Apple Cucumber and Lime Juice

via Shutterbean

This juice is reminiscent of a mojito with a savory twist. For a little summer twist, try using half basil and half mint to really appreciate the mojito flavor. Using naturally sweet apples like a pink lady or fuji will also help mellow the tartness of the apple flavor.

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Give your digestion a little TLC with this Green Smoothie with Kiwi and celery juice! Superfood ingredients that improves digestion to help naturally detoxify the body. A green smoothie recipe full of anti-inflammatory & nutrient rich ingredients! Simply delicious and refreshing!

If last year was the year of morning juices and smoothie bowls, then I’d like to propose that this year be the year we combine the two!! Yes, let’s double up on nutrition with the power of GREEN smoothie with kiwi, orange, lemon, and celery juice. I’m all about recycling trends if it does a body good! And honestly, sometimes we just need SIMPLE ingredients and SIMPLE preparations in order to really maintain a balanced real food diet. Nothing again smoothie bowls or power bowls, heck, I make them all the time. But there is something really refreshing, nourishing, and cleansing about a green smoothie blend with fresh fruit and vegetable juice added.

KIWI fruit and CELERY Juice – the ultimate digestive health duo!

If you don’t know by now, I’m married to a Kiwi. Not the fruit, the Country. Kiwi… the national bird of NEW ZEALAND! And no, the kiwi bird doesn’t lay kiwi fruit. Although, Kiwifruit is a major horticultural export in New Zealand and my Kiwi of a husband is quite obsessed with them. But I digress.

You see, the Kiwifruit in New Zealand is so soft you basically can cut it sideways and use a spoon to scoop out the middle, kinda like you would an avocado. Each morning my husband would do just that. And my kiwi mother in law would do the same.

But… here’s the Super part!

Kiwi fruit can also help your digestion, especially if you suffer from IBS. The KIWI fruit contains both proteolytic enzymes and prebiotic carbohydrate fibers which aid in digestion and can help things (waste) get moving along. Um, no wonder it’s a “regular” breakfast fruit consumption. Yes, SUPER KIWI for super digestion! Pun intended.

Now about that other super GREEN ingredient.

CELERY Juice Health perks!

  • Celery can help reduce inflammation in the stomach with the help of bioactive compound called apigenin (source).
  • Fresh celery juice is low in fructose, making it low fodmap friendly. Plus it’s rich in vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C, and folate.
  • Celery juice can also support digestion by stimulating the production of HCL (stomach acid). Low stomach acid prevents the stomach from breaking down bad bacteria and properly absorbing nutrients. Many of us have a depleted source of stomach acid due to stress and diet. So that is something to consider. As always, best to chat with your health practitioner first!
  • ANTI-INFLAMMATORY Celery contains luteolin, a potent flavonoid, that can act as an antioxidant and calm inflammation.

We can’t leave out the other SUPER ingredients that help make this green smoothie.

Other GREEN SMOOTHIE Superfoods to add:

  • Lemon/Lime – Vitamin C and good for cleansing the liver.
  • Parsley – rich in Vitamin K and is another great digestive aid! YAY!
  • coconut water (if you don’t have celery juice or juicer) – rich in potassium and magnesium and also acts as a digestive.
  • ginger– anti-inflammatory properties and helps soothe the stomach lining
  • chia seed – fiber and digestive aid (bulking agent)
  • fresh orange juice – Vitamin C
  • pinch of sea salt – great for adrenal health.

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Detoxifying Super Green Smoothie with Kiwi and Celery Juice {Paleo, Vegan}

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  • 2 kiwis (peeled)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 6 ounces fresh celery juice or unsweetened coconut water (5 to 6 large celery talks juiced)
  • 4 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 sprig of parsley
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Optional – Small handful of baby spinach (for better digestion, slightly steam beforehand)
  • Optional – 1 tbsp chia seed or 2 tbsp vegan protein
  • Optional 1 tsp maple syrup or honey
  1. Blend and serve! Ice is optional.

Notes

  • You can also use 1-2 tbsp of vegan protein or 1 tbsp chia seed if you’d like to boost protein it.
  • Nutrition below based on using celery juice and no added protein or sweeteners.
  • Hurom slow Juicer is our juicer of choice
  • Category: drink/smoothie
  • Method: juice/blend
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: smoothies, green smoothie, healthy, drink, paleo, vegan, juice

Okay raise your hand if you are need of a GO TO drink (aka this detoxifying green smoothie) to help with daily digestion? I’m pretty sure we all should have our hands raised. Am I right?

Cheers to a fresh start of the week and SUPER digestion.

We’ll be chatting more about Spring Cleaning your health, diet, environment, and more in the next few weeks. SO stay tuned!!

In the meantime, tell me….What’s your go to drink or recipe to support gut health?

Green Smoothies, celery juice, kiwi?

Cheers,

LC

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Start spring cleaning with a delicious Detox Spinach Green Smoothie.

Do you ever feel stuck? Like, I am currently in such a creative block. I haven’t been making new recipes regularly, as I have been in the past weeks, very few new material, and even writing seems like a chore.

I guess it happens to all of us, sometimes. Ideas and to do lists, that I have. It’s the execution part that is severely lacking at the moment.

Combine that with the recent re-apparition of my dairy allergy and I guess a detox diet is just what I need right now.

I guess it happens to all of us, the need to take a break, make a cleanse, disconnect. And when your job is sitting behind a computer all day long, writing a blog in the evening is sometimes not a top priority.

But this, too, shall pass, and coffee in the sunshine and delicious smoothies like this Detox Spinach Green Smoothie will surely help.

And this smoothie is really easy to make, too, and very healthy! And don’t worry if you do not particularly like spinach – you cannot even taste it in this smoothie!

So what do you say, give it a try? 🙂

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup young spinach leaves
  • 1 lime (or orange, lemon)
  • water as needed

Instructions

  1. Peel bananas and apple, cut into slices and put into a blender. Wash spinach leaves and add to blended. Squeeze juice of 1 lime (can be replaced with orange or lemon) into the blender. Add water as needed.
  2. Blend until smooth and serve.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 163.79 Total Fat: 0.66g Saturated Fat: 0.17g Sodium: 14.59mg Carbohydrates: 43.07g Fiber: 6.46g Sugar: 24.23g Protein: 2.16g Nutrition data is automatically calculated using Nutritionix and may not be accurate. If you don’t like bananas in your smoothie, we have another excellent spinach green smoothie with pineapple over here >

Or try this amazing Super Green Avocado Smoothie:

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1 Week of Green Smoothie Prep Packs

What I did for 1 week PREP today:
(You can use ANY favorite combo of fruits or make these for any # servings/days -adjust!)

2 servings per day for 1 week:

  • 7 or more gallon Ziploc Freezer bags, large tupperware containers, OR large glass canning jars (if you have freezer space…can reuse ziplocs the next week, to prevent waste)
    Add to EACH Packet:
    • 1 cup fresh baby spinach (freezes very well) AND 1/2 cup organic chopped kale
    • 1 cup organic berries of choice🍓
    • 1 sliced banana🍌
    • optional: a handful of organic green grapes

Directions:

  1. Seal, place in FREEZER immediately.
  2. When ready to prepare, place packet ingredients in a high powered blender.
  3. You may need to chop banana into smaller pieces.
  4. Add 1 cup liquid; such as cold water, unsweetened coconut milk, almond milk…etc.
  5. These are best used within 30 days once frozen. .

Have you ever heard of batching?

Batching is: doing a bunch of similar tasks all at once!
When we get in our “groove” with a single task we become more efficient.

Instead of spending 10 minutes EACH morning; deciding, finding, and preparing smoothie ingredients, you can prepare 1-2 weeks worth of your favorite smoothies all at once-in about 20 minutes total!
umm…add that up!

You just “found” yourself
10 minutes per day, x 2 weeks = over 2 hours SAVED!⌚ THIS is why prepping ahead is EVERYTHING!
You are also more likely to make a smoothie everyday if it’s ready to drop into the blender!
Enjoy your Morning ENERGY & TIME you just ‘found’!

💚-Rachel

Ditch the Harmful Chemicals Once & For All!

Green smoothies are my favorite way to start the day, but I’ve been slacking lately because of lack time. To make things easier, I’ve been doing my smoothie prep work all at once with these green smoothie freezer packs. That way, making a nutritious green smoothie every morning is as easy as dumping a freezer pack into the blender and flipping a switch!

Green smoothies are all the rage now since they’re a great way to get a good serving of fruits and vegetables any time of day. It just gets tiring having to pull out several different bags and containers from the fridge and freezer, washing the fruit, then cutting it up, etc. There had to be a better way – and I found it at Live Simply!

How to Make Green Smoothie Freezer Packs

It’s super easy – gather your ingredients, wash and cut them up, then fill up your labeled bags using your favorite recipe! (Recipe ideas at the end of this post.)

Set Up

I get everything prepped and into separate bowls just so it’s easy to grab what I need. Then, it’s as simple as measuring out the different ingredients and adding them to the freezer bag.

I also add a banana to each smoothie pack because they’re naturally very sweet and creamy, and they add some bulk to the smoothie. Pro tip: Whenever I have some bananas at the bottom of the fruit bowl that are too soft and brown to eat on their own, I just peel them and throw them into a freezer bag and save them for smoothies.

Fill Your Bags

I measure out the fruit first and add it to the bag, then I top it off with my greens. The reason for this order is two-fold: 1) when you flip the bag into the blender, the greens are on the bottom and get blended with the liquid base first. 2) If you don’t have a high-speed blender, you can just pull out the greens first and blend them with the liquid base, then add the fruits gradually, blending until smooth.

For the greens, I usually use spinach, kale, or a combination of the two, but you can get adventurous and use other greens like bok choy, dandelion greens, romaine, or swiss chard. Pro tip: When measuring your greens, make sure to tightly pack them into your measuring cup.

Note: You will not be adding your liquid base to the freezer bags. When you’re ready to make your smoothie, you’ll just add the liquid to the bottom of the blender, then top it off with your green smoothie freezer pack.

Label and Freeze Bags

Once you’ve got your bags filled, label them with what’s inside and date them. If you prefer, you can also add notes about how much (and what kind of) liquid base you’ll need to add to the blender. I don’t bother with that because I just choose it on the fly, depending on what I have on hand or what I feel like drinking that morning.

How to Build a Green Smoothie

Building your green smoothie is actually quite easy if you just follow a simple formula. Personally, I stick to the super simple formula from Simple Green Smoothies which, for 2 servings (16 oz each) is:

  • 2 cups leafy greens
  • 2 cups liquid base
  • 2-3 cups fruit

Superfoods & Boosters

To add even more nutritional value to your already healthy green smoothie, try adding 1-2 tablespoons of these boosters and superfoods to the blender when you’re ready to make your smoothie (ie: Don’t add them to the freezer pack). These are great sources of proteins and healthy fats to help make for a more well-rounded smoothie.

  • hemp seeds
  • chia seeds
  • almond butter (store-bought or make your own)
  • protein powder
  • flax seeds
  • greek yogurt (probiotics)
  • lemon juice (immune -boosting and helps the body absorb the iron in leafy greens)

Green Smoothie Freezer Pack Recipes

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Green Smoothie Freezer Packs

Make morning smoothie prep a breeze with these pre-packed green smoothie freezer packs!

  • 2 cups leafy greens spinach, kale, bok choy, dandelion, romaine, swiss chard
  • 2 cups liquid water, milk, coconut water, almond milk, juice
  • 3 cups fruit replace 1 cup with a frozen banana or 1/2 avocado for creaminess
  • optional superfoods or boosters
  1. Add fruits and greens to labeled freezer bags.
  2. On smoothie day, add liquid base to blender, then add smoothie pack contents, and blend until smooth.
  3. Add optional superfoods or boosters, and blend again.

If you don’t have a high speed blender, try blending the greens with the liquid base first, then adding the fruit.

Here are recipes for some of the bags in the photos above:

Strawberry Mango Green Smoothie

Strawberry Mango Smoothie

  • 2 cups greens
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup mangos
  • 1 cup water + 1 cup orange juice

Peach Strawberry Green Smoothie

  • 2 cups greens
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup peaches
  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups almond milk

Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

  • 2 cups greens
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup milk + 1 cup water

Mixed Berry Green Smoothie

  • 2 cups greens
  • 3 cups mixed berries
  • 2 cups water

More Green Smoothie Recipe Ideas

5 Smoothie Recipes | Live Simply
Green Smoothie Recipes | Simple Green Smoothies
Frozen Smoothie Packs | The Earthy Mama

For more green smoothie tips and tricks, check out my other post on How to Make the Perfect Smoothie.

What does your green smoothie prep look like? What’s your favorite green smoothie recipe?

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  1. Ryan

    August 31st, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Hi!
    I have been pre-freezing smoothies in zip-loc bags for a while and have been thinking about freezing the smoothies already blended. Would it be OK to do that with Greek Yogurt and Coconut water as a liquid base? Would you still add lemon juice?
    Thank you!

  2. SGS Rawkstar

    August 31st, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    You can definitely freeze your pre-blended smoothies! They’ll keep in your freezer for up to two months! Simply place in the refrigerator the night before your ready to enjoy. FYI: Separation is completely natural, simply give your smoothie a quick shake + enjoy.

    Adding lemon juice is still a great idea to help preserve all of your smoothie’s green goodness!

    Cheers 🙂

  3. Sam

    September 3rd, 2016 at 7:58 am

    hi! I have a question, in case my smoothie has more of vegetables such as spinach, beetroot and cucumber and I want to blend it in the morning and carry it with me, will it separate out the liquid like water content on top of the mason jar and thick part sit in the base, does this happen with smoothies and if so, how I can avoid it, if I am carrying my smoothies and having it later? Also suggest, if I can add or replace any ingredient to avoid it? Does freezing will avoid such situations? Thank you!

  4. SGS Rawkstar

    September 6th, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Sam,

    All of our recipes are free of any yucky additives or stabilizers, so separation is completely natural! Simply give your smoothie a quick shake before enjoying.

    Cheers!

  5. Min

    September 15th, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Hi I am just starting out smoothie person . Is there budget friendly way to make both fruit and veggie smoothies? I am trying to lose me pounds by increasing my intake of fresh raw ingredients.

  6. SGS Rawkstar

    September 15th, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Hi Min,

    If you are new to eating a lot of fruits and veggies, your grocery bill may be a little shocking with the extra fresh and frozen produce purchases. Overtime, you will eliminate a lot of processed food items which will in turn bring your grocery bill back to normal. But here are a few quick tips to saving money on produce.

    -Make a shopping list: Making a weekly meal planning list that covers what you will eat on a daily basis will help you only buy what you need. Make sure to include snacks in your meal plan and shopping list, too.

    -Buy seasonal fruit and veggies: Purchasing produce is in season and is typically cheaper. And if you see a good deal on fresh fruits and veggies, purchase in bulk and freeze for future smoothies.

    -Buy out of season fruits frozen: Costco and Sam’s Club sell large bags of organic frozen fruit at good prices. If your freezer can accommodate bags in bulk, take advantage of making these purchases.

    -Buy from local fruit stands, farmer’s markets and CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture): For the tastiest and most fresh organic produce, buy locally. Not only has the produce been grown and harvested close to home, but buying locally also helps our environment by eliminating the time and resources needed to deliver. Visit, http://www.LocalHarvest.org to find your local farm, farmers markets, and other local food sources.

    -Follow the EWG’s Dirty Dozen: This list will help you know what is worth getting organic and what you can buy conventional.

    Hope this helps!

  7. Cathy

    November 2nd, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Hi Jenna!

    Is it good to use soy milk?

  8. SGS Rawkstar

    November 3rd, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    Thanks for reaching out. We believe that small amounts of organic, non-GMO soy are fine (like tamari and tempeh) but we recommend staying away from highly-processed unfermented soy products which can interfere with nutrient absorption and leach nutrients from your body. Soy milk, soy burgers, and soy ice cream are all in this category. Two great alternative to soy milk are unsweetened almond milk and coconut milk.

    We love them both!

  9. Tee

    November 6th, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    I have coffee jars for storing liquids, I know it my sound cheap do you think I could use for storing smoothie overnight? ,thanks

  10. SGS Rawkstar

    November 7th, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Hi Tee,

    Cheers to being resourceful! Our favorite mason jar hack is using old jars like those for tomato sauce. Simply remove the label, clean the jar, instant smoothie container! As long as the coffee jar is air tight, we think it’s a great option.

  11. Curious George

    April 3rd, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Hi, I am trying the mason jar smoothies for the first time. Came across this and realized it would be so much easier in the morning for me, so thank you! Question I have …. I put frozen fruit, fresh spinach leaves, fresh basil, a banana, protein powder, … and some Greek yogurt in the jar and then froze. Is adding the Greek yogurt alright to do? What is this about lemon juice also? Do I need to put that in also? I thought if this works then I can just add liquid .. either almond milk, juice or water in the morning and blend quickly. I assume adding the liquid is better for waiting until morning? Do you see any problems with any of this? Really appreciate your reply. Thank you

  12. SGS Rawkstar

    April 3rd, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Hi Curious George,

    I’m so excited you found us in this busy digital world! I’d suggest adding greek yogurt right before you’re ready to blend. Because it’s a liquid consistency, when frozen, it may make your smoothie hard to toss into the blender. So save all liquids until the morning.

    Also, adding lemon is for storing your blended smoothie. They’ll keep in your refrigerator for up to two days in an airtight container, and adding a little lemon juice will help preserve all of their green goodness!

    Hope this helps!

  13. Cynthia

    April 21st, 2018 at 8:09 am

    I am looking for a green smoothie for the skin that I can make ahead. I came across your site and am going to try to do ahead my ingredients. Do you have a particular recipe for the skin?

  14. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    April 25th, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Cynthia,

    Looking to improve your skin health? I have the perfect green smoothie for you! Check out our SPA skin cleanser recipe here…

  15. Martha

    May 15th, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Thank you so much for generously sharing your knowledge. I find your tips so helpful. I am slowly transitioning to plant based eating and I find your site (you) to be supportive and nonjudgmental. This will be my one of my frequently visited sites as I go on my journey to health. Blessings to you!

  16. Michelle

    November 28th, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Looking for a smoothie I can make ahead for my husband and myself. My husband leaves at 3AM and a blender that early will definitely wake our 18-month old. We need a green smoothie recipe that’s tailored towards weight loss and natural energy. Any suggestions?

  17. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    April 24th, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Hey Michelle,

    You should check out our “Fat Burner” smoothies. Also our smoothies can last up to 2 days in an air tight container. So you can always blend the day before or night before and store in your fridge for the next morning.

    Hope that helps!

  18. nikole myers

    April 23rd, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    can’t locate the hack for freezing bananas ahead of time – saw it in one of the books but can’t find it now

  19. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    April 24th, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Hey Nikole,

    You can check out more of our smoothie prep tips here:

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Green smoothie recipes are one of my favorite ways to lose weight quickly. I have been drinking green smoothies almost every day for over 4 years and still like to use them when I’m feeling bloated or feel a cold/flu coming on.

Also called detox smoothies, fruit smoothies or vegetable smoothies, these easy green smoothie recipes make a deliciously easy way to get all your nutrients… through a straw!

The American Cancer Society recommends that we eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day to prevent cancer and other diseases, and these recipes are a great way to get those servings (1).

Even kids love green smoothies! My daughter loves the Crazy for Kale Smoothie (recipe below) and of course has to have her own jar.

What is a Green Smoothie?

A green smoothie recipe is a blended drink that mainly contains vegetable greens or fruit, or a combination of both. They are an easy way to flush your body of toxins, get lots of healthy nutrients, and lose weight fast.

Green smoothies are often green or bright green and may not exactly look like the most delicious meal, but if you do it right you’ll not only love these simple green smoothies, you’ll crave them!

Your hunger will not only be satisfied, you’ll feel great and lose weight as well.

Key Point: A green smoothies is a blended mixture of fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients. The green vegetables gives it its distinctive color.

Green Smoothie Benefits

Because green smoothies contain all the edible parts of the plant, not just the juice, they are healthier than fruit or vegetable juices. When juices are extracted from fruit or vegetables, the fiber portion of the plant is removed. Green smoothies also contain a large amount of water, which helps boost your metabolism (2).

When you eat fruits and vegetables in the raw state you get double the nutrients, because when you cook food it loses half of the vitamins and nutrients.

Green smoothies are easy to make. You don’t need any special equipment, just a regular kitchen blender. You can purchase a Vitamix blender if you’re really serious about making green smoothies every day.

Green smoothies are also cheap (if you make them at home). While a vegetable smoothie at a juice bar may set you back up to $7, a homemade green smoothie may only cost you $2 – $3 on average. Shop at your local farmer’s market and save even more money while getting the freshest fruit and vegetables possible.

If you’re not a fan of drinking something “green”, try starting out with baby spinach in all your green smoothies. A spinach smoothie recipe has a very mild flavor and will naturally add vitamins and boost your metabolism. You won’t even know it’s in your smoothie, all you will taste is the fruit. Over time, try swapping half of the spinach for kale or chard.

Key Point: Green smoothies provide vegetables and fruits in their rawest form, so you get all the benefits and nutrients of the whole plant, including lots of fiber.

How to Make a Green Smoothie

Green smoothie recipes are really easy to make.

Directions:

Step 1 – add all ingredients to blender

Step 2 – blend until smooth

Step 3 – enjoy

If you like your green smoothie colder, you have two ways to do that:

  1. Freeze the fruit, or buy frozen fruit.
  2. Add 1/2 a cup of ice.

To make a green smoothie smoothie, all you need is a blender, and not even an expensive one, I’ve been using my $20 blender for a number of years and try as I might I haven’t broken it yet!

Special Tip: If you’re serious about green smoothies, I recommend you check out our list of best smoothie blenders. A good smoothie blender encourages you to drink more green smoothies, and the health benefits are worth splurging for.

The 10 Best Green Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss:

Here are some of the best green smoothie recipes I have found. I encourage you to try different ingredients and find the ones you especially like, because the goal is to drink these green smoothies as often as you can.

#1. Metabolism Boosting Green Smoothie

This is a twist on a classic green smoothie recipe. It’s a spinach smoothie recipe which blends perfectly with the delicious flavors of strawberry and oranges (always a yummy combination). Smoothies with spinach are some of my favorite green smoothie recipes.

The metabolism boosting secret is the almond milk, which contains extra protein and creaminess. Studies have shown that protein increases the thermic effect of food (TEF) due to the extra calories required to digest it. This causes a rise in your metabolic rate (3).

Metabolism Boosting Green Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 orange peeled
  • ⅓ cup strawberries
  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk

#2. Scrub Yourself Clean Green Smoothie

This is one of my favorite recipes for a detox smoothie flush. Not only does it taste really delicious, but it also helps boost your metabolism, too!

Broccoli is an extremely healthy vegetable, often referred to as a “super veggie”. It’s high in many nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber, potassium and iron. Broccoli also contains more protein than most other vegetables, which gives you an extra metabolic boost (4).

Scrub Yourself Clean Green Smoothie Ingredients:

  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ¼ cup pineapple
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup almond milk

#3. Purple Passion Green Smoothie

This Purple Passion Green Smoothie recipe is a spinach smoothie recipe that’s full of antioxidants thanks to the strawberries and blueberries. The flavors all blend perfectly into a really delicious, mellow, creamy weight loss smoothie that’s also got a fun purple color.

Strawberries are packed full of vitamin C, naturally increasing metabolism. They are also a natural anti-inflammatory, making them perfect for enjoying after a workout, reducing muscle soreness, opening up breathing passages and reducing bloat (5).

Purple Passion Green Smoothie Ingredients:

  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup water

#4. Grown Up Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

This is another really good recipe if you’re just starting out with green smoothies. The flavor is divine, and you can hardly taste any of the spinach, since smoothie with spinach tend to be milder tasting. You mostly just taste the banana and strawberry flavors with a hint of vanilla. Fruit smoothies recipes generally taste mostly like fruit, and this is one of the best green smoothie recipes I know.

Bananas are extremely healthy and delicious. They provide several essential nutrients, and have benefits for digestion, heart health and weight loss (6).

Grown Up Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie Ingredients:

  • ½ cup strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

#5. Apple Pie Green Smoothie

This is a really healthy vegetable smoothie recipe that has a very unique taste thanks to the apple pie spices and vanilla. It’s one of my favorites to make in the Fall to remind me of apple pie.

Apples are high in fiber, vitamin C and various antioxidants. They are also very filling, with a relatively low calorie content. Studies show that eating apples can have a lot of health benefits (7,8,9).

Apple Pie Green Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 apple peeled and cored
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup water

#6. Electric Green Boost

This is a delicious green smoothie recipe that has a really bright green color. It’s full of vitamin C thanks to the double dose of pineapple and oranges.

Pineapples are a good source of many nutrients, such as vitamin C, manganese, copper and folate. Pineapples also contain a plant compound called bromelain, which is associated with many health benefits, such as improved immunity, fighting cancer, faster wound healing and better gut health (10).

Electric Green Boost Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup pineapple
  • 1 orange (peeled)
  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk

#7. Sweetie Pie Green Smoothie

This Sweetie Pie Green Smoothie is one of my favorite green smoothies recipes when I want to change up my greens. It tastes amazing and is full of antioxidants and other nutrients.

Peas are very good for you. Due to their high fiber and protein content, they are very filling. This may reduce how much food you eat and can lead to weight loss in the long term (11).

Sweetie Pie Green Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sweet peas
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon honey

#8. Crisp Mango Cucumber Green Smoothie

This is really tasty fruit smoothie that’s got a light creamy texture and great flavor. It contains lots of antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients.

Mangoes contain soluble fiber and a wide range of antioxidants, as well as high amounts of vitamin A (from beta-carotene) and vitamin C (12).

Crisp Mango Cucumber Green Smoothie Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup mango
  • 1 orange peeled
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 cup spinach

#9. Green Tropical Sunrise

This is another fantastic recipe that is full of antioxidants and vitamins. It has a slightly sweet flavor, with a little tanginess from the pineapple and orange.

Carrots have a number of health benefits. They are a good source of beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin K, potassium, antioxidants and have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health (13).

Green Tropical Sunrise Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup pineapple
  • 1 orange peeled
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 cup water

#10. Crazy for Kale

This is my #1 favorite green smoothie recipe for my family. Not only is is delicious and KID FRIENDLY, but it’s full of antioxidants thanks to the cherries and blueberries.

Kale is one of the healthiest and most nutritious plant foods in existence. It has a low calorie content, it’s an excellent source of vitamin C, and even helps fight cancer. (14)

Crazy for Kale Ingredients:

  • ½ cup cherries
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh kale
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 cup almond milk

I recommend you use fresh ingredients for this green smoothie recipe, but you can also use frozen fruits and vegetables if fresh isn’t available. Just be sure to get organic both in frozen and fresh produce for your fruit smoothie recipes. If you’re cleansing your body, you don’t want to be adding in pesticides while you do it!

Get creative with ingredients in your green smoothies, try a 2 to 1 ratio (2 vegetables to 1 fruit) to ensure super yummy green smoothies.

Green Smoothie Tips:

  • Start slowly. If you make a goal to replace all your meals with green smoothies, you may get sick of it and give up. Instead make a goal to replace 3 meals a week with a fruit and vegetable smoothie, after a month of doing this you will start craving them and will find yourself wanting one daily if not more!
  • Start with veggies you can’t taste! Spinach is my favorite as it has no flavor when blended with yummy fruits, cucumber also has a mild flavor and is a good vegetable to start with and carrots are almost as sweet as fruit and make great juices.
  • Follow the 2 to 1 equation. Two fruits and one vegetable, this will keep your smoothie sweet and delicious instead of tasting like a blended salad.
  • Add creaminess with almond milk! Add almond milk to thin your fruit smoothie recipes, not juice! Juice will only add calories and chances are it was pasteurized which means it was heated up and therefore lacking in nutrition. Almond milk is a great way to add protein and best of all it naturally boosts your metabolism!
  • Stock your freezer with organic frozen fruit and vegetables. When companies freeze produce they flash freeze immediately after picking, so you get the most flavor and loads of nutrition too. Plus it’s always available and makes for a chilly iced smoothie. You can also cut and freeze your own fresh fruits and veggies and store them in bags to make your fruit smoothie recipe, Tupperware or jars for quick ready-made smoothies.
  • Mason jars work great for green smoothies! I love using large mason jars for these smoothies, they clean up nice and hold 3 cups of delicious smoothie goodness.
  • Clean your blender/juicer immediately. Don’t wait until after you’re done with your smoothie. If you let it set it will be a nightmare to clean, but if you wash immediately it’s a breeze.

Above all else, get creative and have fun with it. If you liked these recipes, check out more on my Breakfast Smoothies, Detox Smoothies, and Smoothie Blender articles.

I Went from Eating Pizza 24/7 to Downing a Green Smoothie Every Day

It’s embarrassing to admit, but nearly 10 years after college, I still eat like a freshman. Pizza is by far its own food group in my diet—I joke about running marathons as an excuse to eat a whole pie by myself after Saturday long runs. But I’m actually not kidding. In fact, I signed up for my second marathon because I liked being able to eat that much pizza and not stress about the carb intake.

There’s a major problem with subsisting mostly on bread, cheese, and tomato sauce, though: I get, like, zero other nutrients in my diet. I may be consuming enough calories, but they’re basically empty. And the worst part is, while it may not show up on the scale, I can see the effects in my dull skin, the layer of softness over my abs, and the amount of energy I have when I go running—especially when I’m slogging through marathon training.

I’ve always known my diet needed to change. I just didn’t know how to change it. So when I heard that Adam Rosante, a celebrity strength and nutrition coach, created a (free!) 7-Day Green Smoothie Diet Challenge, I was intrigued. I’ve paid for and done diet challenges like this before—and failed. They were too intense, too complicated, and too hard to stick to for someone who literally can’t cook herself a meal much more sophisticated than plain chicken and rice. (Related: I Lost Weight On the Whole30 Diet Without Cheating)

“Every time somebody wants to make any kind of a change, they try to totally overhaul their life,” Rosante says. “The research is against you, though; you’re gonna burn out and abandon everything. But if you focus on just making one very small change, it’s very approachable, and it closes what’s called the positive feedback loop, which is basically the time in which you get a positive response from the efforts that you’re putting out.” (Related: How Making Small Changes to Her Diet Helped This Trainer Lose 45 Pounds)

That’s the whole premise of Rosante’s plan: You swap out breakfast—just one meal a day—for a green smoothie. I liked it because it’s not necessarily about slimming down (although it could probably help you lose weight if that’s your goal) or “detoxing” or “cleansing.” The smoothie diet was about getting more important nutrients into my body so I had more energy to keep up with my workouts.

The smoothies include different mixes of spinach, kale, avocado, bananas, pears, coconut milk, oranges, pineapple slices, honeydew melon, apples, and almond butter. (Get inspired by these healthy, homemade green smoothie diet recipes that taste great—and save your money.) “When you pack this much nutrition—all of these vitamins, minerals, all of the phytonutrients, and the flavonoids that are packed with antioxidants—into a single glass, it impacts you on a cellular level,” Rosante says. “This improves health markers across the board. The smoothies are also packed with fiber, which improves your digestion and contributes to healthier weight loss. And they’re full of high levels of vitamin C and copper, which aid collagen production and tissue repair-it’s also what will improve the quality of your skin tone.” (Related: Should You Be Adding Collagen to Your Diet?)

Plus, they’re super easy to digest, which is why Rosante champions the liquid breakfast over something like say, an egg white omelet. Not only do the nutrients in smoothies get to where they need to go faster, but drinking them for breakfast also gives your digestive system some time off from breaking down heavier whole foods. That conserves energy your body can then use elsewhere, without sacrificing nutrients, Rosante explains.

I was sold on the science, but I was less than confident in my ability to pull off the smoothie diet. I know that smoothies are supposed to be the epitome of easy, on-the-go healthy eating, but I’ve found myself intimidated by them in the past. How do you know what to put in them? How do you know what tastes good with what? Sure, you can blend a couple veggies and some ice in 30 seconds, but is that really enough food for a meal? That’s where having actual recipes to follow came in handy. Plus, they all contain six ingredients or less; the whole 11-item grocery list (even with its fancy coconut milk and almond butter) cost me under $60 in New York City. (Whatever combo you choose, give it a whirl in one of these best blenders for your smoothie diet.)

So each morning, for seven days, I whipped up one of Rosante’s smoothies for breakfast. I’m not a big breakfast eater, especially since I work from home—frankly, I’m not a morning person—so having to prepare something for myself when I’m still barely conscious is not ideal. But throwing the six ingredients in the blender couldn’t have been easier or more brainless. (My favorite smoothie diet recipe was the Love Child—spinach, pineapple, honeydew melon, banana, and coconut milk—because it was so creamy and smooth.)

My one issue with the smoothie diet challenge was the size of the smoothies. Based on Rosante’s measurements, they filled about half of a pint glass. When I added more ice, they were a little bigger, but I still felt hungry about two hours later, which seemed a little quick to be craving another meal. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though, Rosante says. “These smoothie diet recipes are very low in calories, but very high in nutrients—so you’re getting all of the nutrients you need at breakfast for not a lot of the calories,” he says. “If you’re used to having a bigger breakfast, you’re most likely gonna be hungry a couple of hours later and that’s okay—you can have a healthy, midmorning snack.” You can also add protein pre-workout or if you’re craving a little more substance. I added a teaspoon of whey protein powder on a couple of the days, which helped. (Related: 4 Things I Learned from Trying Harley Pasternak’s Body Reset Diet)

While I didn’t notice an immediate effect, by day three of the smoothie diet, I could swear that my skin looked a little brighter and that I definitely had more energy. (I did try to eat generally healthier at all my other meals, too, though Rosante says you can eat however you want the rest of the day; I made it to day five before ordering myself a pizza for dinner.) By the end of the week, I actually do think I looked a little leaner, an added bonus Rosante promised but that I didn’t expect.

And you know what? I think this smoothie diet challenge is something that could end up sticking around. Compared to other diet challenges and plans I’ve tried, this one was totally easy to incorporate into my life—and I didn’t feel like I was sacrificing anything to reap the benefits. (Psst…these freezer smoothies make attempting the smoothie diet easier if you hate mornings!)

“I want people to realize that being healthy is simpler than you think,” Rosante says. “We love to overcomplicate the hell out of things, but something as simple as swapping your typical breakfast for a green smoothie can be the one change that eventually opens the door to change everything for you.”

Considering a Smoothie Diet, Too? Keep These 8 Important Factors in Mind Before Going All In

Produce-packed juices and smoothies have a place in any healthy diet: They can help you get an extra serving of veggies, give you a protein boost, and score you vitamins that might be otherwise missing from your diet.

One a day is good, but subsisting solely on liquids can be downright dangerous, says Jaime Mass, R.D., president of Jaime Mass Nutritionals in Florida. Sucking through a straw for a couple days, weeks, or months in a row does not detox your body, improve your nutrition, or lead to long-term weight loss, she adds. In fact, an all-liquid diet can wreck your long-term health (just look at the startling list of side effects below.) So stick to a smoothie for one meal or snack a day—and forgo an all-juice-and-smoothie diet plan.

  1. Nutritional Deficiencies. “Liquid diets are usually not going to provide you everything your body requires,” Mass says. The result: Poor energy levels, thinning hair, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, nausea, headaches, and a foul mood. “Even if a liquid diet claims to provide balanced nutrition, be very wary,” she says.
  2. Muscle Loss. The average juice or smoothie diet plan hinges on severe calorie restriction. And while that can lead to weight loss in the short term, most of that weight will be from muscle, not fat, she says. Losing muscle can compromise your physique, cardiovascular health, and sports performance, and raise your risk of injuries, Mass says. What’s more, many plans are lacking in the protein department, only exacerbating muscle deterioration.
  3. Rebound Weight Gain. “Liquid diets for weight loss usually leave the dieter feeling like a failure, when they were in fact not set up for success,” Mass says. “Consuming very low calorie diets can damage your metabolism and cause aggressive rebound weight gain.” (Related: How to Stop Yo-Yo Dieting Once and For All)
  4. Sugar Spikes. Juices and smoothies can be incredibly low in calories and sugars. But other times, they’re like sucking down a candy bar—only without the taste-bud tingles. Some juices on the market contain up to 72 grams of carbohydrates and 60 grams of sugar per serving. That’s comparable to about five slices of white bread—or a 20-ounce sugar-filled soda. Meanwhile, yogurt- or sherbet-heavy smoothie diet recipes are little more than 600-plus-calorie glasses with more carbs and sugar than you will find in not one but two candy bars. “Now imagine drinking that four to six times a day,” Mass says.
  5. Crazy Cravings. Even if smoothies fill you up, they probably won’t leave you satisfied, as the latter hinges on not only the nutrients, but also on the temperature, texture, consistency, and flavor of your foods, she says. Enter, cravings and eventual binge eating.
  6. Gallstones. When you get all of your meals in liquid form, your digestive tract doesn’t operate as designed, Mass says. For that reason, while on liquid diets some people can stop secreting bile, which is needed for proper digestion. This can lead to gallstones.
  7. Digestive Issues. “When you consume sugar in large quantities, the body will bring fluid into the gut to balance it out,” she says. “This can lead to stomach upset, bloating, pain, and diarrhea.”
  8. An Unhealthy Relationship with Food. “These juice and smoothie diets don’t teach us anything about healthy eating, portion control, meal timing, food shopping, how to eat healthfully at restaurants, or what healthy weight control is,” Mass says. “They foster disordered eating behaviors and lead us to believe that fast weight loss is good—and that could not be further from the truth.”

  • By Ashley Mateo @ashleymateo
  • By Ashley Mateo and K. Aleisha Fetters

Green Smoothie

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A healthy green smoothie made with spinach, cucumber, lemon, apple, kale, and banana. A nutritional powerhouse smoothie to give you energy all day long!

We all want skin that glows and hair that is soft and shiny and here’s your ticket to get it. By drinking this Youthful Glow Green Smoothie daily, you can begin to wipe away all of those holiday eating regrets and put those New Year’s Resolutions to work. It’s the first Monday in January – the time of year when you can’t even find a parking spot at Whole Foods.

Everyone is jumping on the health food bandwagon…and a great way to get started is by drinking this amazing smoothie every day. You are going to feel like a million bucks. I promise!

This is an ultra-refreshing green smoothie recipe. It has a touch of sweetness from apple juice and yet is packed with an abundance of nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables. The combination of spinach and kale is the best of both worlds, as both are nutritional powerhouses. The spinach flies under the radar while the kale has a more pronounced flavor.

By drinking this every day, you will feel an amazing difference. You will have more energy, more stamina, more mental focus, clearer skin, and a glow that comes from within….and the weight loss doesn’t hurt either!

And as an added bonus, it can many times help with troublesome tummy issues. It makes me feel good to mix up this drink for my kids in the morning and know they are getting a large portion of the vitamins for the day in one single smoothie serving.

What ingredients are in a green smoothie?

A green smoothie is made up of a combination of healthy greens such as spinach and kale. By adding lemon juice, it helps to cut the bitterness of the greens and freshens the green smoothie. Cucumber is a detoxifier and low in calorie. Apple is a natural sweetener and banana makes it smooth.

What are the health benefits of green smoothies?

Kale – Insanely low in calories. Powerful anti-oxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Helpful for arthritis and autoimmune diseases. Helps to create that youthful glow.

Spinach – The beauty of spinach lies in how easy it is to disguise the taste. It’s mild tasting yet packed with an abundance of vitamins, has anti-cancerous properties and is one of the healthiest foods on the planet.

Cucumber – Since it’s 95% water, it’s an incredible detoxifier. Helps with liver and kidney function.

Lemon – The “happy fruit” – one of the most important items to stock in your kitchen. It’s a highly effective cleansing agent and cuts through the bitterness of greens.

Banana – An essential in smoothies as it adds creaminess, a touch of sweetness, and helps you feel full longer. Plus, it’s rich in potassium and fiber and gives you natural energy.

Pure Apple Juice – Since it’s packed with Vitamin C, it’s a friend to your immune system. The sweet juice counteracts the bitterness of the greens and leaves a refreshing taste.

If you want to up the ante on the health benefits, swap your apple juice with water and add a whole apple instead. You will be increasing your fiber as whole fruits are always preferable to juice. My kids definitely prefer the apple juice but we do both in our home.

This isn’t your overly sweet smoothie that you will be sipping for hours. It’s best consumed right away and use a straw because you will want to stir around all of the amazing blended whole foods.

I would love for you to tell me how you feel after drinking this for a week. I challenge you to drink this for 7 straight days and let me know the amazing benefits you witness after one short week. Who is up for the challenge?

Happy Blending!

To find MORE SMOOTHIE RECIPES — you can find my 6 SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE RECIPES.

5 from 6 votes Youthful Glow Green Smoothie Prep Time 5 mins Total Time 5 mins

A Nutrient-dense powerhouse green smoothie to cure what ails you.

Course: Breakfast Cuisine: American Keyword: green smoothie Servings: 4 Calories: 99 kcal Author: Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey Ingredients

  • 2 Handfuls approximately 2 cups Kale or Power Greens Mix
  • 2 Handfuls approximately 2 cups Baby Spinach
  • 2 cups Pure Apple Juice
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 1/2 Lemon squeezed (for extra benefits, use the juice from an entire lemon)
  • 1 Banana
  • Ice

Optional:

  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Ginger grated

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Drink right away as the foam will rise to the top which means that you have lots of good fiber to drink.
  2. *Using a frozen banana will allow you to use less ice.
  3. *For added nutritional benefits, swap water with apple juice and add one whole apple or swap out 1 cup of apple juice for 1 cup of water and add 1/2 apple.

Nutrition Facts Youthful Glow Green Smoothie Amount Per Serving Calories 99 % Daily Value* Sodium 30mg1% Potassium 467mg13% Carbohydrates 23g8% Fiber 2g8% Sugar 16g18% Protein 1g2% Vitamin A 2860IU57% Vitamin C 20.5mg25% Calcium 48mg5% Iron 1.2mg7% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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