Smoothies are one of the best ways to take your meal with you to work, the gym or elsewhere – they are a quick solution to breakfast or a snack for people who are always on the go. One of the best ways to maximize the nutrients you get from your smoothie is to add some of your favorite greens: spinach, kale and collard greens, just to name a few!
Don’t let the thought of a green smoothie scare you, there’s a simple formula, the 60/40, that you can follow to make sure your smoothie tastes as great as it looks.
The 60/40 formula calls for 60 percent fruits to 40 percent leafy greens. We promise, you will barely even taste the greens but will reap all the incredible benefits of throwing them into your system first thing in the morning! Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, greens are a must!
Here is an easy recipe to maximize the nutrients in your smoothie while getting plenty of delicious variety in the flavor:
- 2 Cups Leafy Greens (spinach, kale, romaine or collard greens)
- 2 Cups of a liquid base (water, almond milk, coconut water or coconut milk)
- 3 Cups Ripe Fruit (banana, berries, mango, peach, pear, apple or pineapple)
- Optional: A protein boost (chia seeds, coconut oil, flax seeds, protein powder or cacao)
Be sure to blend in stages so your smoothie is, well, smooth! Start with the leafy greens and your liquid base. Be careful – juice can often add excess sugar into your smoothie. Reach for low-sugar liquid bases (like water, coconut water or almond milk). Or, cut the sugar in half by using half juice (orange, apple, etc.) and mixing with water.
Once your greens are liquid base are blended together, begin adding in your fruit and continue to blend until smooth. The fruits you add can also be frozen to make your smoothie colder and add a thickness to your consistency. If you are using fresh fruit, simply add several ice cubes instead.
The recipe above usually makes around 30 ounces of smoothie, or two servings. Any leftovers that you have can stay in your fridge for up to two days.
Good luck and happy blending!