Whether you have been making green smoothies for years or you are new to the craze, follow this guide to know which ingredients will make your smoothies not only nutritious but also delicious. Here are some of the best greens to add
Spinach: Tastes great with bananas or strawberries
Spinach is one of the most commonly used green vegetables in smoothies because it is very high in iron and calcium and is also really easy to come by because it is both cheap and easy to grow.
Kale: Tastes great with oranges or blueberries
Kale is considered a superfood because it is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C and vitamin A. It’s also extremely high in calcium and is said to have anti-cancer properties. It has a strong taste so may go better with stronger fruity flavors.
Broccoli: Tastes great with mangoes or grapes
Broccoli is very high in iron and vitamin C which is a great metabolism booster if you are looking to lose weight. On the other hand, it is also high in folate which is great for pregnant women. It’s one of the healthiest vegetables but many people don’t enjoy the flavor so use it in smoothies but don’t add so much that it will overpower the fruit.
Romaine lettuce: Tastes great with apples and pineapples
Unlike most lettuces, romaine lettuce is very high in vitamins A and C and in calcium. It breaks up easily so it is good for smoothies and you can stuff the entire head in there no problem.
Parsley: Tastes great with anything when used lightly
Parsley is not just a fancy garnish; it is actually a great source of vitamins A, C and K, as well as folate, iron and calcium. The flavour is not too overpowering so you can go ahead and add a little of this to any of your green smoothies for extra health benefits.
Collard: Tastes great with cherries or nectarines
Collards are often disregarded because many people don’t like the bitter taste but that can be masked by using sweet fruits in your smoothies. They are actually very high in folate, calcium and magnesium as well as vitamins A, C and K.
These are just some of the best greens chosen for their health benefits but there are plenty more you can use; just do a little more research and find out what you want from your smoothies. As a tip, fruits and vegetables have vibrant colors so if you end up with a green or brown looking sludge, don’t be put off; it will still taste great. Another tip is choose the smoothie maker carefully, as it affects the taste and healthiness of your final product.
Green vegetables are one of the most basic needs for good health but many people find them boring. If that is the case for you or your family, smoothies are the best thing you can do to boost your health without having to endure eating something you don’t enjoy. Have some fun experimenting with different flavors and write down any great recipes you come up with so you can make them again.