Any smoothie is a good smoothie in our books!
But green smoothies are often given more kudos in terms of their health benefits.
So how are green smoothies different to other smoothies, and are they really better for you?
Let’s have a closer look at the much beloved green smoothie.
Typically, green smoothies are based on green vegetables
This is really the biggest difference between green smoothies and all of the other smoothies.
And sometimes green smoothies are green due to other green ingredients.
For example, a green smoothie might be green thanks to the addition of super greens such as spirulina and chlorella.
Even a kiwifruit smoothie might be dubbed a ‘green smoothie’ thanks to its hue.
Despite the name, a green smoothie doesn’t have to be green
This can be a little confusing, I know.
But sometimes, a green smoothie might not be coloured bright green as you might expect.
This is because other ingredients can alter the colour.
For example, if you add berries in with spinach, it might come out closer to sludge brown.
If you add a tablespoon of cocoa, it will come out as a chocolate brown colour, but don’t worry – you’re still getting all of the goodness of a green smoothie!
Are green smoothies better for you?
Green smoothies are usually good for you, but are they necessarily ‘better’?
As a nutritionist, I wouldn’t say that they are automatically superior to other smoothies.
Any smoothie that gives you a dose of wholefoods is good and any smoothie that boosts up your veggie intake is amazing.
When it comes to vegetables, it’s not a competition – all vegetables have their different benefits.
So, if you love a good green smoothie, drink up and/or if you prefer smoothies with different coloured vegetables, go for it too!
Read more like this
How to make a delicious green smoothie
If a green smoothie is what you’re in the mood for, let’s put together a tasty recipe for you now.
Here are my simple steps for a delicious green smoothie every time:
- Start with your favourite greens. If you’re new to green smoothies, go for spinach or avocado, as they have a more subtle taste.
- Add something naturally sweet. A banana or a couple of dates works well for those who like a sweet smoothie. If you’re trying to minimise your sugar intake, opt for your favourite berries instead.
- Pop in a source of protein and/or healthy fats. These will help keep you fuller for longer. There are plenty of options for this – some of my favourites include nut butter, coconut yoghurt and chia seeds.
- Optional: Sprinkle a flavour booster and/or superfood. This might include cocoa/cacao, maca, mesquite, vanilla, cinnamon or even a greens powder with spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass and/or barley grass.
- Fill up with your liquid of choice. Milk, non-dairy mylks, coconut water and plain water are a few of your options.
- Blend and enjoy!
Want to make your green smoothie recipes even easier?
Now I’ve explained how green smoothies are different to other smoothies, given you some ingredient ideas, shared my blueprint to making a delicious green smoothie, it’s time to make your smoothie making simple and easy.
All you have to do is grab yourself some Super Greens Smoothie cubes as your base to cover the first few steps above.
It’s that simple to start making a green smoothie, simply add your base to the cubes and blend.