A Super Start to the Day: Green Smoothies

They say it ain't easy being green, but I beg to differ. Green smoothies may seem intimidating at first glance, but the truth is they're delicious, not to mention healthy and filling. The key is adding just the right amount of sweetness (usually with a sweeter fruit like banana, mango, or pineapple) to keep the drink from tasting too bitter.

There are any number of green smoothie variations out there, but a few things remain constant. First, choose a base of either water, juice, almond or soy milk, or coconut water. Then add in handfuls of your green of choice (kale or spinach is best; I find swiss chard too bitter) and some fruit. Higher sugar-content fruits like pineapple, mango, or apples will make the drink sweeter. If you don't mind a "greener" taste, stick to lower-sugar fruits like blueberries. From there add in any extras you might be craving (parsley, chia or flax seeds, ginger, mint, yogurt, etc) and blend, blend, blend!

If you're not up for experimenting on your own, try one of these recipes to get you started:

Try a Recipe
Green Machine Smoothie - Martha Stewart
Pear and Arugula Smoothie with Ginger and Walnuts - The New York Times
Cold Buster Smoothie - Running to the Kitchen
Limeade Green Smoothie - Bake Your Day
Green Smoothie - Two Peas and Their Pod

Do you have a favorite green smoothie recipe? If so, tell us in the comments below!

Related: Nutrients in Disguise: Kale, Spinach, and Pear Smoothie

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