GREEN SMOOTHIE BASICS

There’s always a good time for a Green Smoothie…


Breakfast

Lunch 

Dinner

Snack…or


as a lifesaver with kids and adults to hold off the hunger cranks!


Green Smoothies are a great way to hydrate and add servings of nutrient dense fruits, vegetables, proteins, and fats into our daily routine. Plus they are...

  • Energy Boosting
  • Immune Boosting
  • Fiber helps our bodies balance weight

CREATING GREEN SMOOTHIE GREATNESS...
A FEW GUIDELINES


BEGIN WITH A BASE OF LIQUID

  • Water
  • Coconut Water 
  • Unsweetened milks; Almond, Rice, Coconut or Hemp Milk - Using half water and half milk adds creaminess while cutting down on the calories. Chocolate Almond Milk is yummy too!
  • Fresh Orange Juice
  • For a single large serving start with 8oz liquid
  • 16oz of liquid is a good start for 4 people as a size snack



NEXT ADD YOUR GREENS…

Blending your greens with the liquid first will help ensure that you aren’t left with green chunks in your smoothie and your teeth!

GREENS - The goal is to have 40% Greens..you can build up to it 

  • Spinach - very neutral - naturally sweet, adds no distinct flavor
  • Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • Collards
  • Wheat Grass
  • Green Powder - Spirulina, Green Vibrance, Etc..


FRUITS

Using frozen fruit instead of ice creates a smooth, yummy cold treat!


  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries 
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Mango
  • Peaches
  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Pineapple
  • Oranges



THICK AND CREAMY 

  • Frozen Fruit - You can buy frozen fruit or simply freeze your fresh fruit. Bananas are especially wonderful at adding “milk shake” creaminess. Try to break or cut each banana into the same number pieces so you have an idea how many pieces equal 1 banana.
  • Coconut Meat
  • Avocados
  • Cashews
  • Walnuts
  • Ice - if you prefer a slushy consistency, you can use regular ice or flavored ice by freezing juice, herbal tea or almond milk. 



SWEET THANG

  • None - many times the fruit is plenty sweet alone
  • Honey
  • Medjool Dates
  • Coconut Oil or Unsweetened Coconut Flakes





ADD SOME FLARE...SPICE IT UP

  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Vanilla Beans or Extract
  • Coconut Oil
  • Coconut Flakes
  • Carob, Cacao or Cacao nibs




ESSENTIAL FATS & FIBER

  • Ground Flaxseeds
  • Flax Oil
  • Almond Butter
  • Protein Powder
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Cashews, Walnuts, Almonds



MAKE YOUR SMOOTHIE A SUPER STAR

  • Maca
  • Ground Flaxseed
  • Flax Oil
  • Wheat Grass Powder
  • Mulberry Berries
  • Goji Berries
  • Maqui Powder
  • Camu Powder
  • Lucuma Powder
  • Bee Pollen



WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS…
YOUR BLENDER, A WORTHWHILE INVESTMENT


  • A good blender, a really good blender will make a huge difference in how much you enjoy your smoothies. Both making them and eating them. If your blender isn’t strong enough to break down and smoothly liquify the fruit and veggie fiber, you will be unable to get the consistency that you desire. 
  • VitaMix and Blendtec are amazing blenders and worth a serious consideration. There is good reason that these two are so often praised; they are blending powerhouses.  We use our Vitamix every day. We love it so much, it goes on road trips with us. We only have praise for its performance and all the yummy shakes, soups, batters and more that we have used it for.
  • You can also get refurbished Blendtecs and Vitamixs. These are great companies that stand strongly behind their products with wonderful costumer service. 
  • Ninja and Nutribullet are also powerful blenders for a considerable less amount.

VITAMIX: CERTIFIED REFURBISHED


PERFORMANCE

  • 2-PEAK HP MOTOR
  • 120 VOLT, 50-60 HZ 11.5 AMPS (N. America)

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 64 OUNCE CONTAINER
  • TAMPER
  • BPA FREE
  • STAINLESS STELL BLADE
  • QUICK AND EASY CLEANING
  • RECIPE BOOK

WARRANTY

  • 5 YEAR
  • 30-DAY GAURANTEE

$300 | BUY IT HERE


NINJA


PERFORMANCE

  • 1100 WATTS

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • XL 72 OUNCE CONTAINER
  • 2 NUTRI NINJA CUPS
  • 2 TO-GO LIDS
  • TOTAL CRUSHING TECHNOLOGY
  • BPA FREE
  • DISHWASHER SAFE

WARRANTY

  • 1 YEAR LIMITED



$130 | BUY IT HERE


NUTRIBULLET


PERFORMANCE

  • 600 WATT

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 1 EXTRACTOR BLADE
  • 1 MILLING BLADE
  • 1 TALL CUP
  • 2 SHORT CUPS
  • 2 LIDS
  • BPA FREE
  • DISHWASHER SAFE
  • POCKET NUTRITIONIST WITH RECIPES

WARRANTY

  • 1 YEAR LIMITED

$90 | BUY IT HERE


BLENDTEC ~ CLASSIC 575


PERFORMANCE

  • 1575 WATT (3 HORSEPOWER)

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 2 QT JAR
  • BPA FREE
  • 5 SPEED WITH PULSE
  • TIMED CYCLES INCLUDING CLEANING
  • PRE-PROGRAMMED SMOOTHIE CYCLES
  • TOUCHPAD INTERFACE
  • BLENDING 101 WITH RECIPES

WARRANTY

  • 8 YEAR

$280 | BUY IT HERE


VITAMIX ~ PERSONAL S SERIES


PERFORMANCE

  • 790-watt motor

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 20 & 40 OUNCE CONTAINERS
  • VARIABLE SPEED CONTROL
  • PULSE FEATURE
  • DISHWASHER SAFE
  • RECIPE BOOK

WARRANTY

  • 5 YEAR 

$409 | BUY IT HERE

OSTER ~ COUNTERFORM


PERFORMANCE

  • 600 WATT

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 6 CUP GLASS JAR
  • METAL DRIVE FOR LASTING DURABILITY
  • STAINLESS STEEL BLADE
  • 7 SPEED PLUS PULSE
  • PRE-PROGRAMMED SETTINGS
  • REVERSIBLE MOTOR
  • DISHWASHER  SAFE

WARRANTY

  • 3 YEAR LIMITED

$60 | BUY IT HERE