You know that green smoothies and I go way back. I’d like to say further back then before they were all hipster trendy but that’s probably not correct. I’m just not that much of an early adopter. But the short version is I’m a fan and we drink 1-2 daily to keep us fighting fit and healthy. So with all that smoothie blending going on I thought it was time to share with you some of my tips and tricks. Hints if you like. From my experience of making hundreds, if not thousands of green concoctions.

The funny part is that when we first entered a conversation about green juice smoothies we laughed our head off. My Dad recommended them to us. Drink them for health he said. Drink them and make sure you get all the greens you need for living well.  He was right, as usual. It just took us awhile to come around to the fact. Since we have started drinking green juice mornings {and sometimes nights} we have had zero colds excepting the one where I was out for almost a week after my nephew sneezed in my face. Charming. Hubby has reduced his digestion problems to almost nil and we have both lost weight and are less bloated. We’ve well and truly gone green.

Now to the tips and tricks!

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So the actual juicing/blending bit can be a bit of a minefield. Sure you’d think just chuck everything and blitz, right? Well no. Apparently. There are a few things to do to ensure a smooth drink every time. I’ve drank my fair share of lumpy juices, let me tell you, but there’s nothing like a smooth, ice cold juice so that’s going to be our aim! Ready?  GO.

  1. Don’t overfill your blender or juicer. This leads to lumpy juice.
  2. Put the soft items on the bottom working your way to the top with the firmest.
  3. Use the pulse button to get you started then add the liquid.
  4. Use lots of leafy greens as a base – Kale, spinach, cos lettuce, celery leaves.
  5. You can make enough juice for up to three days in one batch…
  6. But nothing tastes better than a freshly blended/juiced smoothie with ice. Yuuuuummmmmy.

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Some great combinations for beginners;

  • Baby spinach, red apple, green apple and lemon, blend with water.
  • Kale, banana, pear and blend with green tea {chilled}.
  • Spinach, banana, chia seeds, blended with almond milk.
  • Spinach, blueberries, apple blended with water {this one will be brown! Yum. Ha}.
  • Spinach, green apple, cinnamon, honey blended with almond milk.

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My favourite combinations for feeling great!

  • Kale, spinach, green apple and lemon blended with water or green tea.
  • Pineapple, spinach, lemon and mint blended with water and ice.
  • Spinach, kale, cucumber, ginger and lemon blended with water.
  • Orange, mandarin, lemon, ginger and carrot, blended with water.

   

And my personal favourite green monster; Spinach, kale, cos lettuce, pineapple, green apple, banana and avocado blended with water or green tea and served over ice. Try that one, it’s my favourite! It’s my go to green smoothie and is what I have for breakfast most days. Hence the high levels of EVERYTHING in it. Haha.

So go out there and green smoothie/juice for health folks! Let me know how you go.

  • Sarah Collins

    This is very helpful! I’ve been wanting to get into green smoothies but not sure where to start. Also, my frige is TINY, so worried about fitting all the greens in there plus veggies for dinner haha.

    • I’m glad Sarah! You’ll find there are some double ups. We use a lot of baby spinach. It can be juiced, eaten as salad or wilted with veggies. Good luck!

  • stinkb0mb

    We used to do A LOT of juicing but what eventually stopped me was how much fruit & vegetables were needed to produce enough juice. So we got rid of our juicer, our blender blew up last year and I’ve never replaced either of them.

    HOWEVER.

    I’ve wanted to get “on” the green juice wagon for awhile now but really don’t want to “invest” in a juicer again, mainly because it can ONLY be used for juicing, whereas a blender can be used for other things BUT I didn’t think I could use a blender for juicing but maybe I can?

    Also quantities? I’ve found when I just go off a list of foods like you’ve listed above, I get the quantities all wrong and it ends up tasting ugh, so I need quantities and how much liquid to add baby!

    x

    • I totally agree with the juicer thing. SO much goes to waste. I know someone who bakes with the pulp left over but other than that you’re just throwing it out. I vote blender if you want to get started. There are some big gun ones but a decent built for ice blending one will get you started. I just blend the veggies etc into a juice. I’m not sure if it’s what you’d technically call juice but meh semantics.

      Let me know which ones in particular you’re interested in and I’ll pay more attention next time I put one together and get you quantities. Easy peasy. Anything for you. 😉