Refreshing Green Smoothie Recipes

4 Delicious and Healthy Green Smoothies You’ll Love

4 Delicious and Healthy Green Smoothies If you’ve dipped your toes into the fitness and healthy living world, chances are you’ve encountered an article touting the health benefits of green smoothies. They’re not exaggerating, even if it might seem like it.

Green smoothies are as healthy as they are because they’re a fantastic way of adding all kinds of vitamins and nutrients to your diet, thanks to the fact that they’re often full of fruits, vegetables and even grains.

They’re a convenient way of introducing all these goodies into your diet, even if you generally dislike eating vegetables with your meals. That said, not all green smoothies are necessarily healthy.

Sure, they might have healthy ingredients, but some recipes are packed with sugars and sweets and very few, if any veggies, turning an otherwise delicious smoothie into an actual sugar bomb.

Because stumbling into these so called “healthy” green smoothie recipes is so easy, we’ve gathered 4 short recipes of actually healthy recipes to make things easier for you.

Let’s get started!

#1. Kale and Mango Smoothie

Kale and Mango SmoothieThis is a wonderfully simple recipe that strikes a perfect balance between healthy and sweet.

With only three ingredients, it makes for a great beginner’s smoothie and it can be frozen to create delicious popsicles for hot days.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of mango, frozen works best but you can use fresh and freeze it yourself.
  • 1 banana, chopped in pieces and frozen.
  • 2 cups of kale.
  • ½ cup of almond milk. (Can be substituted with ½ cup of coconut water)

Steps

  • Gently massage your kale leaves between your fingers. This will give your kale a sweeter taste that will mix well with the mango.
  • Blend all the ingredients until smooth.
  • Serve chilled and enjoy!

Note: If you’d like to make popsicles, simply pour the mixture into popsicle molds and stick in your freezer for a handful of hours until frozen.

#2. Cucumber Pineapple Smoothie

Cucumber Pineapple SmoothieThis creamy and fresh smoothie works perfectly as a breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack, particularly if the weather is too hot and you’re looking for something refreshing.

It has more ingredients than other, simpler recipes but we promise it’s more than worth it.

Ingredients:

  • Cucumber, ½ cup. Sliced
  • Pineapple, 1 cup. Cubed.
  • Banana, ½ cup. Frozen.
  • Coconut Milk, ¼ cup.
  • Water, ½ cup.
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced.
  • Kale, 1 handful.

Steps

  • Gently massage the kale leaves between your fingers to give them a sweeter taste.
  • Add the ingredients to the blender and blend until perfectly smooth.
  • Add more ice for a thicker smoothie, add more liquids for a more liquid smoothie; for a creamier consistency, add more coconut milk.
  • Serve chilled and enjoy!

#3. Green Apple Pie Smoothie

Green Apple Pie SmoothieIf you’re craving the taste of home, this smoothie is perfect for you, thanks to its taste that reminds us of a delicious apple pie.

Ingredients:

  • Dates, ¼ cup.
  • Granny Smith Apples, 2. (Cored)
  • Spinach, 1 cup.
  • Kale, 1 cup.
  • Ice, 1 cup.
  • Cinnamon, ½ tsp.
  • Nutmeg, 1 pinch. 

Steps:

  • Gently massage your kale leaves between your fingers. This will give your kale a sweeter taste that will mix well with the mango.
  • Place all the ingredients in the blender and blend on high until perfectly smooth.
  • For a thicker consistency, add more ice.
  • Serve chilled and enjoy.
#4. Creamy Avocado Kiwi and Lime Smoothie

Avocado Kiwi and Lime Smoothie

Delicious and healthy, this smoothie is what green smoothies are all about. After all, how else would you mix avocado, lime and kiwi?

The combination might seem a little too exotic, but trust us, it’s more than worth a try!

Ingredients:

  • Avocado, ½ large. Ripe.
  • Kiwi, 2. Peeled.
  • Lime juice, 1/8 cup.
  • Liquid of choice, ¼ cup. (Can be almond milk, coconut milk, coconut water, aloe juice, etc)
  • Honey, 1 tbsp.
  • Ice cubes to taste.

Instructions:

  • Place the ingredients in the blender in the following order: Liquid, fruit, ice.
  • Blend everything until creamy and smooth.
  • For a thicker consistency, add more ice. For a liquid consistency, add more liquids. If you’d like your smoothie extra creamy, freeze your kiwi and avocado before blending.

As you can see, green smoothies can have all sorts of ingredients and flavors, making them one of the healthiest and most versatile quick-meals out there. Make sure to try at least one of these delicious smoothies and, if you know other fantastic recipes, leave a comment!

 

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