I’ve been making and enjoying green smoothie’s for the past 7 years. Some of them are tolerable, others are pretty good, and the rest are downright nasty! This one is the best tasting green smoothie ever! At least in my opinion.
I’ve converted all of my friends and family over to green smoothie drinkers using these tips – even my father and he hates fruit! I sometimes make some of the other less pleasant tasting green smoothies in the name of good health – but this one is my go-to of choice.
Before I share my favorite recipe I want to give you some tips and tricks to make all green smoothies taste great.
The Secret to a Great tasting Green Smoothie
After a lot of trial and error I have discovered what makes a green smoothie taste fantastic – acid fruits. Use acid and sub-acid fruits rather than sweet fruits. Yes, you can still make a green smoothie taste good using sweet fruits, just make sure you add in an acid or sub-acid fruit or two to cut the green taste.
Sweet fruits will make your smoothie sweet, but they will do nothing to counter the green taste. Acid and sub-acid fruits used in proper combinations will make your smoothie taste so good you will forget how much greens are actually in it!
Below you will find lists of acid, sub-acid, and sweet fruits.
- Grapes – Seeded varieties
- Grape – Muscat & Thompson
- Mamey Sapote
The Trick to Balancing a Green Smoothie
The problem with green smoothies is that they are often a high glycemic food depending on what you put in them. That means that they send a lot of sugars into the blood stream which is not good for the body. Make sure you put a high-fat fruit into your smoothies to counter this effect and slow down the glycemic index.
Don’t worry, this fat is good for you and will cause less fat to accumulate in your body than if you leave it out. High glycemic foods cause weight gain. Adding fat to your green smoothies will both slow down the glycemic index and leave you feeling more satisfied after you drink it.
High Fat Fruits
Choose your Greens
You can use whatever green you like in your green smoothies. I most often use spinach, collard greens, and/or kale. I have also used dandelion greens, chard, and beet tops. Spinach and collard greens produce the mildest most tolerable green smoothies while kale and especially dandelion greens can be a bit strong for some.
Tip: If you’re looking to detox use dandelion greens with a lot of acid fruits to cut the strength of the green taste.
Make it Super
Add a superfood of choice to increase the health benefits of your smoothie. There are lots of options out there. Following are the super foods I most often use to supercharge my green smoothies. Next to each you will find the amount I usually put into a smoothie.
- Spirulina 1 tsp
- Bee pollen 1 tsp – 1 tbsp
- Chia Seeds 1 tbsp
- Goji Berries 1/8 – 1/4 cup
This list is not exhaustive – there are many more superfoods out there. I am only sharing the ones that I use in green smoothies. If there is something else that you like please share it with me in the comments below. I love learning new ways to make green smoothies better. 🙂
Mixing it Up
Green smoothies can be challenging for many blenders. Weaker models just can’t cut through the greens. I recommend using an industrial type blender like a Vitamix Standard Blender, or a blender with an all metal drive. I use an Oster with all metal drive that works fine, but many of my friends swear by their Vitamix or Blendtec.
The Best Tasting Green Smoothie Ever
Are you ready for it?
When I make green smoothies I don’t measure – I just throw everything in. The last time I made this smoothie I did my best to pay attention to how much I actually put in it. Use the measurements below as guidelines and make it your own.
- 2 – 3 cups of organic spinach
- 2 -3 cups of OJ – start with less and add more if it won’t blend
- 1 cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 – 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 banana (optional)
- superfoods (optional – amounts listed above)
Serves 2 – you can put half in a canning jar and put it in the fridge for later. Green smoothies keep for 24 – 48 hours in the fridge.
In the summer months, we pick our raspberries right out of the garden. I purposely freeze some of our fresh raspberries just for smoothies. Warm green smoothies don’t taste very good. If you are using all fresh ingredients place it in the fridge for a few hours to chill.
Sometimes I will switch it up by throwing some blueberries, strawberries, or mango’s into this smoothie, but the above recipe is my absolute favorite. I often use at least one frozen fruit to make it nice and cool.
Now that I’ve taught you everything I know about making green smoothies taste great I hope you will design YOUR favorite green smoothie exactly the way YOU like it. Happy blending!
You may also like:
- Apple and Pomegranate Salad
- Homemade Pumpkin Puree
- Pumpkin Cranberry Bread
- Turkey Vegetable Lasagna
- Apple Pie Oatmeal
For more ideas follow my board on Pinterest.
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