7 reasons to whip up a green smoothie
October 16, 2020
October 16, 2020
Who doesn’t love smoothies? The confection of fruit, yogurt/milk, seeds, and nuts works well, either as a power breakfast or an anytime snack.
But these days – especially in these times of festive (over)eating, going green is in! Even with smoothies.
Green smoothies are easy to make, flavorsome and healthy. They’re trending across the world.
In The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Smoothies, Bo Rinaldi writes that the green variety offers “a rainbow of flavors and textures. And they always make delicious, super-nutritious, whole-food meals”.
Isn’t it time you whipped up a green concoction today? For breakfast, as a pre-workout snack or as an afternoon pick-me-up?
Create your own blended drinks by combining leafy greens with fruits, veggies and healthy fats such as almonds, hemp seeds, flax and coconut. Come winter, do toss in a few leaves of Sarson ka saag, mustard greens, too!
Get started with these recipes and go on to create your own:
1 cup green grapes, 1/2 cup pineapple, 2 cups fresh spinach, 1/2 ripe banana, peeled, 1/2 cup water, 1 cup ice cubes
2 cups spinach, 2 cups cucumber, 1 head of celery, 1/2 inch or teaspoon ginger root, 1 bunch parsley, 2 apples, juice of 1 lime, juice of 1/2 lemon
If you like your drinks with dairy but want to keep an eye on the calories, try these:
1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves, 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh honeydew, 1/3 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
Calory Count: 162 CALORIES
1 cup fresh blueberries, 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, 1/3 cup sliced, cooked beets, 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup fresh orange juice, 1 teaspoon light agave nectar
Calory Count: 219 CALORIES
1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk, 1/2 medium ripe banana, 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter, 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, 1/2 cup crushed ice
Calory Count: 237 CALORIES
2 cups seedless watermelon, 2 tablespoons fresh mint, 1/3 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
Calory Count:98 CALORIES
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh peaches, 1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk, 1/2 medium banana, 2 teaspoons honey, 1/2 cup crushed ice
Calory Count:231 CALORIES