What makes a green smoothie green? The second I mention green smoothies to anyone they make a phase and ask the question. The idea of eating something green is bad enough for most people. DRINKING something green (except on one day in March) crosses over into the realm of just plain wrong.
I met green smoothies last year through an introduction by the Green Smoothie Queens. The recipes they supplied introduced me to some amazing new flavors and great dishes. I discovered that green smoothies were all about getting more raw greens into my daily diet. It is the green vegetables that make the smoothies green – even if it is sometime in name alone.
Making Green Smoothies Green
- Any fruit smoothie can have a touch of green by adding a hand full of fresh spinach. Most spinach has a light flavor, so adding it will not change the taste of the smoothie. It will drastically affect the color. You can counter the green of the spinach by adding blue berries if the family is nervous about drinking green.
- Zucchini can be a great way to make a smoothie green. It does very little to change the flavor and is not as intense in color as the spinach. Chop it up before adding it to help make the blending process a little easier.
- Avocado provides a great texture to a green smoothie that will make it more like a milkshake. You can use them in place of bananas because they also provide a healthy dose of potassium.
Getting a smoothie green takes nothing more than adding some fresh green vegetables to the mix. Remember to always taste what you are adding because some greens will have more intense flavors than others. Add green smoothies to your routine and you will soon discover that you have a wide range of flavors and options for making a green smoothie green.