How to Make a Green Smoothie Delicious

By Jenné Claiborne June 17, 2013 Categories: How-To's

Green smoothies are all the rage these days, and for good reason. We can all probably afford to consume more dark leafy greens. Enjoying a green smoothie makes it easy. My daily green smoothie even helped me to quit drinking coffee by supplying my body with raw energy.

Leafy greens fill a smoothie with chlorophyll, fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that you can’t get using just fruit, but it’s no secret that it’s easier to make a tasty fruit smoothie than it is a delicious green smoothie. How do you make a smoothie filled with green vegetables taste delicious? I assure you, it can be done.

KNOW YOUR GREENS If you want to create a delicious green smoothie, it’s important to choose the right greens. You can’t go wrong with spinach, kale, collards, chard (rib removed), beet greens, and romaine. If you’re new to green smoothies, start with the milder tasting greens like spinach and romaine. Some herbs are also delicious in smoothies. Try cilantro, mint, basil, or parsley blended in with other greens. Though they are incredibly nutritious, mustard greens, dandelion greens, arugula, and other spicy leaves aren’t the best addition smoothies. Save them for salads, or for your favorite cooked dishes including soups and sautées.

ADD THE RIGHT FRUIT To add natural sweetness to a green smoothie, incorporate some in-season fruit. In summer, mango, peaches, pineapple, and berries make their way into my blends. For the perfect smooth texture, always use a creamy fruit like mango, banana, or avocado. Frozen fruit makes it even creamier.

LOVE YOUR LIQUIDS I like fruity smoothies, so my liquid base is usually a very juicy fruit like pineapple or orange. When blended, these fruits become the only liquid I need. For thinner smoothies, try coconut water, fruit juice, or almond milk; each makes for a unique smoothie.

BULK IT UP For added protein, fiber, and flavor, try bulking up your smoothie to make it a complete meal. Chia, flax, and hemp seeds can be blended into smoothies to add healthy protein plus omega-3 fat. You can also try a spoonful or two of your favorite nut butter such as almond, cashew, or peanut.

BLEND IT SMOOTH A great high-speed blender such as a Vitamix will take you to smoothie heaven in no time. If you don’t have one of the more expensive machines, that’s okay: try blending your smoothie longer for the perfect texture. Using frozen fruits will help prevent the smoothie from warming up during the blending process.

SHARE WITH US What’s your favorite green smoothie combo?

About Jenné Claiborne

Jenné Claiborne is a vegan chef, cooking instructor, and health coach based in New York City. On her vegan food blog, Sweet Potato Soul, she shares delicious healthy recipes inspired by her Southern upbringing and world travels. She also has a vegan cooking show on Youtube. Follow Jenné on FacebookTwitterYoutube, and Pinterest.

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If you can't afford a Vitamix, the Ninja is a strong one. I've only had mine for a couple of months but I can throw a pint of frozen blueberries, a hand full of frozen strawberries, some frozen mango and usually about 3 to 4 bananas. For liquid I add less than 5 ounces of almond milk and the Ninja powers it to very smooth, um, can't say drink, it's too thick, but it's great. I make up extra in the morning and put the rest in the freezer, my kids love it more than ice cream, it's the blueberry banana mix that makes it so so good. But, now I want to add some green, that's what brought me to this page, very informative.

Bryan - 2014-01-10 16:59:23

I make smoothies for my baby and use: kale, spinach, frozen banana, peeled chopped apple, pluot or other stone fruit peeled and chopped, quinoa and ground flax seed. Whatever she doesn't drink we freeze in ice cube trays. Thawing out a cube or two to mix with baby cereal makes a nutritious well balanced baby meal.

Jessica - 2013-10-09 20:44:48

With a Vitamix, you can throw in a handful of nuts instead of nut butter. And, since nut milks are basically nuts plus water, adding just water to a nut-enhanced smoothie is all the liquid you need. You might want to blend the nuts and water first to make sure your nut milk is smooth. Cashews, brazil nuts, pinenuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pepitas-- all good stuff!

Gianna Lete - 2013-08-09 03:45:57

Our morning smoothie is spinach, kale, zucchini, avocado, cucumber, carrots, yogurt, vegan rice protein powder, almonds, chia seeds, banana, strawberries, & mangoes. Give or take. Other seasonal fruits & veg as I have them in the house. It's a meal & it's delicious.

Sara - 2013-08-09 00:26:47

All of these reader suggestions are fantastic!!

Jenné Claiborne - 2013-08-05 03:44:21

what about using green superfood powders? This way you get SO much more bang for your buck. i personally love Enerfood from Enerhealth Botanicals. Its raw, organic, vegan, gluten free- and about $1 per serving. Blends perfectly into my smoothies!

ryan - 2013-07-19 17:32:07

My favourite smoothie: parsley, 1 green apple, avocado, ginger, spirulina, macca powder, chia seeds, pollen, oat, some water and mix ice.

Paola - 2013-07-09 23:30:49

I like the one I saw on a video by Orlando Bloom's wife (can't remember her name, she's a model). It has coconut water and milk, spirulina, chia seeds, acia powder, raw cacoa powder, maca powder, and vegan rice protein powder. She did not give amounts, but did say 1 Tbs of each powder. I put in 8 oz of coconut water and 8 oz of coconut milk. I also put in a few tbs of agave to sweeten a bit more.

Teri Miller - 2013-07-01 03:56:44

My favorite go to smoothie is....chard, beet greens and/or spinach, banana, blueberry and/or strawberry, coconut oil, hemp seeds, chia seeds, ground flax meal, almond milk and water. Yum!

Alice - 2013-06-22 02:07:31

Looks good!

Dolores - 2013-06-20 15:14:03

I have a green smoothie every day. It contains: makes 2 smoothies 1 cup frozen kale 1/2 cup frozen parsley 1 frozen apple (when in season) or 1 cup pineapple 1 frozen banana 1 Tbsp matcha powder 1 Tbsp ground flax or chia 2.5 cups water

Shelley - 2013-06-18 18:15:17