Green Drinks: Creating the Perfect Healthy Recipe
I have never had green drinks before. There, I just admitted it. When I was asked if I would review the Blendtec blender, I knew this was my chance to try one. I have wanted to add more veggies to my diet for awhile, and now is the time to start getting healthy with green drinks.
There are a gazillion recipes for green drinks on the internet. After researching several of them, I realized their are a few key elements to making green drinks super yummy.
Getting Healthy With Green Drinks
Here are some tips for creating perfect and healthy green drinks. First off, use healthy ingredients. Here is a list of some to try.
- Swiss Chard
- Bok Choy
- Almond Milk
- Coconut Water
- Coconut Milk
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- Flax Seeds
- Protein Powder
- Chia Seeds
- Coconut Oil
- Acai Powder
Secondly, an important part of making a delicious smoothie is to follow the 60/40 rule. If you don't want your green drink to be too thick, stick with this formula. You will want 60 percent fruit and 40 percent leafy greens. Avoid artificial flavors if possible. Your fruit will give your drink natural flavoring. For my recipe, I added 1 cup of greens, 1 cup of liquid, and 1 1/2 cups of fruit for a 16 oz drink.
Next, mix your greens and liquid together first. If you don't want a super thick drink, use a good blender like the Blendtec. Mix your greens in stages to avoid big chunks in your drink.
Last but not least, mix your berries with your green mixture and blend again. If you want you green drink to be extra cold, consider freezing your fruit before adding them to your drink. Now you have a reason to freeze those brown bananas on your counter. You can even freeze your greens as well as long as you don't defrost them before you use them.
If you are short on time, consider making your green smoothie the day before. As long as you store your drink in an air tight container, it will stay fresh for 2 days.
Spinach & Fruit Green Smoothie Recipe
For my Spinach & Fruit Green Smoothie recipe I used:
- 1 cup of spinach
- 1 banana
- 5 strawberries
- 5 raspberries
- 1/4 cup pineapple
- 1 cup of almond milk
*Note: This recipe makes about 16 ounces and serves one person.
I mixed my smoothie with my Blendtec blender. This thing was so powerful. It has a 1700 watt motor, the most powerful in residential blending, and reduced my blending time. It does a better job breaking up hard food like ice and frozen fruit, and also allows the blender to have a dull blade (because the motor is doing the work). The Blendtec also has an option for blending smoothies perfectly. There are 6 pre-programmed cycles (juice, smoothie, soup, salsa, ice cream, clean) which is more than any competitive machine on the market. Blendtec also has touchscreen sliders that change motor, pulse and function speed with the swipe of a finger. This blender was interactive and fun to use.
If you are interested in trying some of Blendtec's recipes, here is a link: http://www.blendtec.com/
Disclosure: I was given a Blendtec blender to review but all opinions of this product are my own.
What is your favorite way to prepare a green smoothie?