By now just about everyone on the planet knows that green smoothies have many health benefits and makes the perfect breakfast or mid-morning snack, but the key to having a great green smoothie is finding a recipe that offers you taste as well as all those health benefits.
Here we provide a beginning green smoothie recipe that you can enjoy and even build on.
Choosing the Right Ingredients
In order to create a great tasting and healthy green smoothie you need to start with the right ingredients. Organic produce is the best choice for those who want the healthiest diet possible as this produce is not grown using any harmful chemical fertilizers or insecticides.
However, organic produce can be somewhat expensive so you if you are using non-organic produce then make sure to wash your produce well and remove all peels, as this helps to reduce some of the chemicals you will be ingesting.
Preparing the Produce
The amount of preparation you will need to do before putting your produce into the blender is going to depend on two things.
First, the type of produce you choose to use in making your green smoothie is going to determine to some degree the amount of preparation you will need to do prior to putting your produce in the blender.
If you choose to use fruits and vegetables that need to be peeled, pitted, or have cores and seeds removed, then preparation will take somewhat longer than if you choose soft berries, other fruits and vegetables that need little or no advanced preparation.
The second thing that is going to impact the amount of time you will spend preparing your produce for blending is the blender itself.
There are some powerful blenders that have qualities of a food processor that are perfect for preparing green smoothies and they can turn those leafy greens and harder fruits and vegetables into a smooth concoctions much easier than other blenders.
Most inexpensive and quite a few mid-range blenders simply lack the power of the more dedicated green smoothie blenders.
If you have an inexpensive and less powerful blender then you may have to partially cook foods such as carrots and celery in order to get them to blend into a juicy smoothie.
Leafy greens may need to be finely diced and you may end up adding more liquid than you would like just to break down the produce so that all the chunks are blended into your drink.
Beginning Green Smoothie Recipe
For those of you who have not enjoyed a green smoothie before, they can take some getting used to, so here is a simple recipe, that begins with some awesome flavors and a small amount of greens, as you become more familiar with the taste of this smoothie you can add more and more greens.
Peel the carrots, cucumbers, apple, and kale or spinach and place in blender add a small amount of water or apple juice and begin by pulsing. Once the produce is finely diced then blend until smooth, adding more liquid if you desire.
If needed use a tamper or spatula to push down any produce that climbs up the side to insure that all the produce gets blended to the right consistency.
Some people believe that if you need to tamper down produce the blender is ineffective.
This is not the case. In fact, some extremely powerful blenders need tampers due to the fact that the blades will chop and blend so rapidly that some of the produce gets thrown up along the side.
The true judge of a blender’s ability is the smoothness of the finished smoothie.
Once you master this beginning green smoothie recipe you can look for other recipes using leafy greens and even create your own masterpieces.