If I were to narrow it down, I would say that two of the most common roadblocks people hit when they’re trying to lose weight is #1, they don’t drink enough water and #2, they don’t eat enough vegetables. I get it. I used to turn my nose up at anything green (well, naturally green anyways…I was a big fan of green gummy bears!) and avoid drinking water whenever I could. I could go on and on about the benefits of spinach alone, but I’m sure you already know that you should be eating your vegetables. It was true when you were a kid and it’s still true now – they’re really really really good for you! I’ve always known that, but it was still hard for me to choose a salad over a muffin. It was when I discovered green smoothies that I really turned over a new leaf.
Of course, it took a little getting used to the bright green appearance, but truly, it doesn’t taste “green” at all! I love just about anything that can trick me into being healthier and green smoothies definitely fall into that category.
Now, there are a million and one different green smoothie variations, but I wanted to give you a very basic recipe today and you can choose to jazz it up however you would like. Keep in mind that this basic recipe doesn’t offer much in the way of protein, so I usually add a boost with Greek yogurt, protein powder, chia seeds, or nut butter.
You can add so many things to add variations. Use coconut water, pineapple, mango, and coconut flakes for a tropical variation, or mixed frozen berries with some peanut butter for a PB&J smoothie. You can even play around with different non-green vegetables – carrots, cucumber, or pumpkin puree (I use this one often). I recommend starting with baby spinach for your greens since it has the most mild flavor, and you can start out with just a few leaves if you’re nervous about the taste. The more green smoothies I drink, the bigger my handfuls of greens get, which I love!
One of the best parts of this breakfast is that I can prep it ahead of time. When I get home from the grocery store, I chop and prep all of my fruit and divvy it up into smoothie packs that I keep in the freezer. That way none of my ingredients go to waste and I love prepping multiple meals at once – it means less dishes for me to wash along the way!
In the morning (you know, before my brain starts functioning), all I have to do is dump the bag and the liquid into my blender and press a button. I don’t even pour it into a glass. I use the Nutri Ninja that blends right in a single serve cup, so I just flip it over and add a straw.
Basic Green Smoothies
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1
- 1 handful baby spinach
- 1 cup green grapes
- 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Put ingredients in blender.
- If using fresh fruit, add about 1 cup of ice.
- Blend and enjoy!