Eat your greens the easy way… Learn how to make the best tasting green smoothie ever! Green smoothies are a healthy meal replacement for breakfast that the whole family can enjoy. Use these kid-friendly green smoothie recipe tips and tricks to design a green smoothie recipe so good, even your kids will beg for more!
Learn how to make the best tasting green smoothie ever with our green smoothie recipe tips and tricks!
I’ve been making and enjoying green smoothies of all kinds for over 15 years. Some of them are tolerable, others are pretty good, and the rest are downright nasty!
This is the best tasting green smoothie recipe ever… because you get to create it!
Use my families favorite green smoothie recipe, and all our favorite smoothie-making tips, to design your favorite green smoothie recipe below!
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The Best Tasting Green Smoothie Ever!
I’ve converted all of my friends and family over to green smoothie drinkers using these green smoothie recipe tips and tricks.
I have even managed to convince my father to fall in love with green smoothies… And he hates fruit. Strange, but true!
Before I share our favorite green smoothie recipe, I want to share all my secrets to making the best tasting green smoothie ever!
After reading my families smoothie-making tips, I guarantee that you will know how to make all green smoothies taste great!
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The Secret to a Great tasting Green Smoothie Recipe
After a lot of trial and error, I have discovered that adding acid fruits and healthy fats to your green smoothie are what makes a green smoothie taste fantastic! I know adding fats can be scary for many people, so let’s start with the fruit.
When adding fruit to a green smoothie, it is best to 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 some acid or sub-acid fruit in order 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 and fats used in the proper combinations will make your smoothie taste so good you will forget that greens are in it!
Acid Fruits for Kid-Friendly Green Smoothie Recipies
Sub-Acid Fruits for Kid-Friendly Green Smoothies
- Grapes – Seeded varieties
Sweet Fruits for Kid-Friendly Green Smoothie Recipies
- Grape – Muscat & Thompson
- Mamey Sapote
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The Trick to Balancing a Green Smoothie Recipe
The problem with green smoothies is that they are often high glycemic foods depending on what you put in them. That means that they send a lot of sugars into the bloodstream which is not good for the body.
To counter this, make sure you add a high-fat fruit, and/or some healthy fats to your green smoothie recipe to slow down the glycemic index.
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 your smoothie.
Don’t worry, adding fats to your green smoothie can help you burn fat. If you do not eat fats… your body will store the sugars as fats instead. Yes, really!
High-Fat Fruits perfect for a Green Smoothie Recipe
More Healthy Fats that help Green Smoothies taste great
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Choose the Greens you would like in your Green Smoothie Recipe
You can use whatever green you like in your green smoothies. We most often use spinach, collard greens, and/or kale.
We 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 and bitter for some.
Green Smoothie Detox Recipe:
Need a green smoothie that will help you detoxify your body? Use dandelion greens with a lot of acid fruits to cut the strength of the green taste!
Don’t forget to add some of the superfoods listed below to your green smoothie detox recipe for an extra super powered detox punch.
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Supercharge Your Green Smoothie!
Add a superfood of choice to increase the health benefits of your smoothie. There are lots of options out there. Following are the superfoods I most often use to supercharge my green smoothies.
The Best Superfoods for Green Smoothies:
- Spirulina 1 Tsp
- Bee pollen 1 Tsp – 1 Tbsp
- Royal jelly 1 Tsp
- Chia seeds 1 Tbsp
- Goji berries 1/8 – 1/4 Cup
- Maca powder 1 Tsp – 1 Tbsp
- Cacao powder 1 Tsp – Tbsp
This list of superfoods perfect for green smoothies is not exhaustive – there are many more superfoods out there. I am only sharing the ones that we use in our 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 even better. 🙂
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How to Mix and Blend a Green Smoothie
Green smoothies can be challenging for many blenders. Weaker models just can’t cut through all the greens and frozen fruits.
We recommend using an industrial type blender like a Vitamix Blender, or a blender with an all-metal drive.
The Best Tasting Green Smoothie Recipe 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. This green smoothie recipe serves 2-3 people.
- 2 – 3 cups of organic spinach
- Approximately 1 – 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
- 2 -3 cups of OJ – start with less and add more if it won’t blend
- 1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 banana (optional)
- superfoods (optional – amounts listed above)
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.
A warm green smoothie doesn’t taste very good. If you are using all fresh ingredients add some ice and/or place it in the fridge for a few hours to chill.
How do you Save Green Smoothies and Take Them To-Go?
Green smoothies keep for 24 – 48 hours in the fridge. Place leftover smoothie in a wide mouth canning jar with a lid and put it in the fridge for later. The contents of the green smoothie will separate slightly over time. When you are ready to drink it, leave the lid on and give it a good shake to mix it up again.
Invent YOUR Favorite Green Smoothie Recipe
Now that I’ve taught you everything I know about making green smoothies taste great I hope you will design YOUR favorite kid-friendly green smoothie exactly the way YOU like it.
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