How to Make the Perfect Green Smoothie

| Diet & Nutrition

So you're thinking about joining the green smoothie movement, but you're not quite sure how to make one that will taste just as good as it is for you. We're here to tell you how to make green smoothies so good that you will convert to a green smoothie drinker for life!

perfect green smoothie infographic

First, a little about green smoothies. The basic ingredients are leafy greens, fruit, and a liquid base. The dark leafy greens contain amino acids, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and beneficial phytonutrients. What all of that means is that you will experience an energy boost, natural weight loss and a healthy immune system with regular drinking of green smoothies. Plus, these smoothies take five minutes or less to make, so you can even make them during busy work days! If you're feeling super ambitious, why not boost your smoothie with a superfood topping when you're done? (via Simple Green Smoothies)

Leafy Greens

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Bok Choy
  • Swiss chard
  • Collards
  • Dandelion

dark leafy greens

Liquid Base

Ripe Fruit

  • Banana
  • Mango
  • Berries
  • Orange
  • Avocado
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Apple
  • Pineapple
  • Grapes

*For a chilled smoothie, you'll want to make sure that at least one fruit is frozen.

fresh fruit

Superfood Topping Boosters

Here's how:

  1. Tightly pack two cups of your choice of leafy greens in a measuring cup, then toss into blender.
  2. Add two cups of your liquid base to the blender. Blend until leafy chunks are gone.
  3. Add three cups of your choice of fruits. Blend again.
  4. Pour into a cup and enjoy!

This recipe will make 32 ounces, so about two servings. Looking for a specific green smoothie recipe? Check out 50 of our favorites here or click here for 15 quick and easy recipes from Green Thickies.