Green Smoothie Recipe
An easy, non dairy, green smoothie recipe with strawberry and banana. Get your morning energy boost from healthy, homemade weight loss smoothies for breakfast instead of coffee.
Green smoothies are ideal for breakfast, as a post-workout snack, or anytime you want a quick energy boost. A green smoothie recipe is a great place to hide superfoods you don't particularly like the taste of, so you can get the health benefits of eating the superfoods wrapped up in a creamy, yummy package.
What is a Green Smoothie?
A green smoothie is just a regular smoothie with raw greens added to it.
They're an easy way to get more of those leafy green vegetables into your healthy whole food diet without having to eat more salads. (Because, let's face it, you can eat only so many salads, right?)
Don't worry. The taste of the fruit covers up the taste of the greens, so it won't taste like you're drinking a salad! Also, blending the greens helps make them more digestible, so if you have trouble digesting vegetables, try a green smoothie recipe. It will probably help.
Healthy green smoothie recipes are easy, endlessly variable, and so yummy. One of my favorite healthy foods, I have a homemade green smoothie for breakfast every day and another one after I exercise.
They're quick, too. Blend one up, and drink it on the way to work. No more excuses about not having time for breakfast!
Don't be selfish, though. Share some with your kids. They'll love them, too.
Green Smoothies Are Weight Loss Smoothies!
Eating breakfast everyday is one of the easiest healthy eating habits to start (and stick with) when you have green smoothies for breakfast, and it helps you with your weight loss goals, too.
What do you usually have for breakfast?
- French toast?
- Pop tart?
- English muffin?
Do you see a trend forming here?
All high in sugar and grains which are the two main culprits of weight gain in the United States.
Now, replace that with a green smoothie recipe that includes nutritious fruits and vegetables. You start your day off with a burst of vitamins and minerals. Changing just this one meal will help you lose weight. You will have more energy and will feel like you're on top of the world.
Having a healthy breakfast also helps you avoid cravings for unhealthy foods later in the day and encourages you to continue your healthy eating throughout the rest of the day.
Healthy weight loss smoothies make you feel good about yourself and the foods you're putting into your body. It's hard to describe if you've never felt this feeling before. All I can say is that you will feel proud that you are finally eating healthy food and excited that it tastes so good!
Basic Green Smoothie Recipe
Start with this basic non dairy strawberry banana smoothie recipe. Then, add some of the superfoods suggested below.
- 1 cup liquid
- 1 cup strawberries
- 2 bananas
- 2-3 black mission figs or raw honey to taste (optional)
Blend everything together and enjoy! This green smoothie recipe makes about 2-3 servings depending on how big your servings are. Best when drank immediately but can be put in the fridge to drink later.
For the liquid, you can use raw milk, kefir, coconut milk, coconut water, nut milk, or just plain water (although, if you use raw milk, it will not be a non dairy smoothie, of course). Coconut milk (the full fat variety) produces a luxuriously smooth texture just like a yogurt smoothie but without the dairy.
Add more or less liquid to get the consistency you like. I like mine thick like a milk shake. Add more liquid if you like it thinner.
For a cold smoothie, freeze your bananas. I wait until they are starting to turn brown, then peel, break into four pieces, and freeze in freezer bags.
Add Variety to Your Green Smoothie Recipe
Different fruits have different vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. I like my green smoothies with strawberry and banana best, but you can (and should) use a variety of different fruits (or combination of fruits) to increase the variety of vitamins and minerals you get in your diet. Some fruits to try:
Like fruits, you should vary the greens you use in your green smoothie recipe. If you're new to green smoothies, start with spinach. It has the mildest taste, so you won't even taste it in the finished product.
I was a little scared the first few times I made a green smoothie, so I put only five pieces of spinach in at first. After I convinced myself that it really was good, I started putting more and more in. Now, I put two really big, overflowing handfuls in, and I still can't even taste it.
After you get used to the idea of putting greens in your smoothies, try other greens like
- swiss chard -- also very mild, like spinach,
- romaine lettuce,
- red leaf lettuce,
- green leaf lettuce,
- boston lettuce,
- dandelion greens,
- collard greens,
- mustard greens -- spicy!,
- beet greens,
- turnip greens,
- carrot greens,
- radish greens,
- basil leaves,
- mint leaves,
Kale and celery are good to use, too, although they technically aren't leafy greens. These all have a stronger taste, so you may want to start out using just a little bit and increase a little at a time until you figure out how much you like in your smoothies. The more, the better.
If you want a sweeter smoothie, add some black mission figs or raw honey. Figs have a natural decongesting quality, so I use them if I'm feeling particularly congested that day (usually if I haven't been very good with my diet and have been eating grains or pasteurized dairy). Also, I find that honey can give the smoothie a bit of a sickly sweet flavor that I don't really like anymore now that I've stopped eating foods with added sugars in them. The figs add some sweetness without that sickly sweet flavor.
If you do use honey, make sure it is raw, unprocessed honey, not the typical processed honey you find in the grocery store.
OK. Now that you have your basic green smoothie recipe, you can supercharge it with some superfoods.
Some superfoods to try:
- 1/2 cup goji berries: You can either let them soak in some water overnight or just add the dried goji berries straight into your blender.
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds or flax seeds: I would do one or the other but not both. I tried both once, and it sat like a brick in my stomach for hours. It could've been something else in the smoothie, but I think it was the combination of chia seeds and flax seeds. Don't know why.
- 1 teaspoon spirulina powder
- 1 teaspoon chlorella powder
- 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder: Gives it a yummy chocolatey-berry flavor.
- 1-2 tablespoons shelled hemp seeds
- 1 teaspoon raw maca root powder: The taste of the raw maca root powder intensifies as it sits and gets really nasty the longer it sits, so drink immediately if you use raw maca root powder.
Some other things I add to my green smoothie recipe sometimes:
- 1 1/2 tablespoons raw nut butter: Gives it kind of a malty flavor, like a chocolate malt instead of a chocolate shake.
- 1-2 tablespoons dried coconut flakes: I would use fresh coconut if I could get a decent coconut around here. But I can't, so I use organic dried coconut flakes with no added sugar.
- 2-3 raw eggs: Provides lots of protein (and many other valuable nutrients) that will keep you full for hours. Don't use eggs from the grocery store, though. You should get organic eggs from a local farmer. You might be able to find some appropriate for eating raw at your farmer's market. Don't worry. You won't even taste it. The other flavors will hide it.
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
If you find you've added too many greens and your green smoothie tastes too green, try adding some vanilla, lemon juice, or lime juice.
How to Make a Smoothie
If you have a high end blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec, you can just put everything in and blend.
If you don't have a high end blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec, here is the easiest way to make your smoothie:
Add powders and small pieces like goji berries and seeds.
Put greens on top of that. This will keep the small pieces from bouncing around in the blender.
Turn blender on low first and increase speed until you're on high.
Once your greens are blended, add fruits one or two pieces at a time, preferably while your blender is still on if you have a little access hole in the top of the lid.
Add more liquid as needed.
After everything is blended to your liking, turn off blender, and add eggs (if using). Blend on lowest speed possible for as short a time as possible to adequately blend eggs into smoothie.
Pour into your favorite glass, and enjoy!
Green Smoothie Recipe