Green smoothies and juicing are really popular right now and for good reason. They are a great way for busy people to get their proper nutrition and possibly aid in weight loss. If you are new to juicing, or you are just looking for that perfect formula for the best green smoothies for your needs, here are some tips to help you make the perfect green smoothie concoction.
Ingredients for Perfect Green Smoothies
First, understand the basics of what generally goes into a green smoothie. Typically, you have the following formula:
Leafy green + Juice Base + Fruits + Boosters
Within this formula, you can create many smoothies all with different nutritional and health benefits. Let’s go over some basics in each element. To get the best consistency and flavor try using the same formula of 30/30/40. That is 30 percent leafy greens, 30 percent juice base and 40 percent fruits.
Swiss Chard- great for smoothies because although it is full of nutrients, it has such a mild taste you probably won’t notice it there.
Kale- A great source of Vitamins A and K, Kale is ideal for nutritional benefits. It does however, have a strong taste so use less.
Spinach- A little milder than Kale, Spinach is full of iron.
Basil- Basil is amazing for its antioxidant powers and it actually goes very well with the taste of fruits.
Don’t pick juices that are cocktails or are not 100% real fruit juice. They may be a little more expensive, but you won’t be using much per smoothie.
Some juices that work well in green smoothies and have lost of important antioxidants are cranberry juice, cherry juice, cucumber water and even apple juice.
You can pick 1-2 fruits per smoothie and these will be what you really taste in it. For a better consistency, try freezing your fruits.
Berries- Great for masking the flavor of leafy greens and lower glycemic.
Pineapples- The tartness of this fruit also adds a good flavor mask for greens
Apples- also great for adding some extra nutrients, leave the skins on for an extra boost!
This is where you can customize for your nutritional needs. These boosters add hardly any flavor, but pack a big punch in the “good stuff”!
Coconut oil- Coconut oil is almost like a miracle compound as it is very healthy and great for weight loss. It has healthy fatty acids in it that help boost metabolism.
Chia Seeds- This should be something that goes in almost any smoothie you make as it is a good source of amino acids, iron, and even calcium. They have been shown to also reduce cholesterol.
Flax seeds- Another smoothie staple, flax seeds boast as a good source of omega fatty acids that help improve skin, brain function, hair, joint function and can even boost your immune system!
Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berries or powder- This berry is another booster for your metabolism as well as being a great source of energy and they also help you feel full longer.
Whatever you do with your green smoothies, make sure you don’t get stuck in a rut. It is always a good idea to rotate what you put in your smoothies to make sure you are getting a good rounded out diet in them. And it is not recommended that you replace all meals with green smoothies either as you could easily miss out on some vital nutrients. Before beginning any new diet, make sure to discuss it with your doctor.