If you’ve ever read an article about restaurant items that sound healthy but actually aren’t, you probably know that smoothies can be a dangerous thing to order when going out to eat. Sure, they sound healthy, but some smoothie chains make smoothies with 80-90+ grams of sugar in a single drink, and some are loaded with sherbet, sweetened yogurt, or even ice cream. There isn’t anything necessarily wrong with those things…except if you’re trying to make be health conscious by ordering a fruit smoothie, when in reality, you might as well enjoy a banana split for the same amount of sugar and calories.
I love to make green smoothies myself since they’re so easy and I know exactly what’s in them. Without a doubt, my best dorm room purchase this year was my blender. It’s nothing fancy, but it lets me whip up green smoothies in less than 5 minutes, including the time it takes to clean the blender. I’ve enjoyed a green smoothie almost every single day this semester either as part of a meal or as a nighttime snack in place of my beloved ice cream. Along the way, I’ve picked up a few tricks for homemade smoothies, so I want to share my tips for making perfect green smoothies.
- For the green component, use spinach if you don’t want to taste it. You can use kale if you don’t mind an earthier taste in your smoothie, which some people really like. Personally, I prefer spinach in my smoothies since you really can’t taste it.
- Out of fresh spinach? Use frozen! I actually prefer frozen spinach since it’s much cheaper, plus it’ll make your smoothie extra cold. I typically only put fresh in my smoothies when I have spinach in the fridge that needs to be used.
- Blend greens and liquid together BEFORE adding any fruit. This way, the greens will be completely blended and you won’t find pieces of spinach in your straw.
- Use approximately 1 cup of liquid (almond milk, coconut milk, water, etc.) for every 1 cup of fruit (berries, bananas, etc.).
- Use ALL frozen fruit for a thicker and creamier smoothie. Bonus: it’s cheaper than fresh, and you can get virtually any type of fruit even if it’s not in season.
- If you want a perfectly green smoothie, use only red and yellow fruits like strawberries, raspberries, mango, pineapple chunks, peaches, green grapes, red grapes, and cherries. If you want a purple smoothie, use blueberries and blackberries. If you mix red/yellow fruits with blue fruits, you may end end up with a brown smoothie– still delicious, but not as pretty.
Almond milk, spinach, blueberries, blackberries, and banana (all frozen)
Almond milk, spinach, strawberries, raspberries, banana (all frozen)
Do you have any green smoothie tips to share? What’s in your favorite smoothie combo?