Thursday, March 6, 2014


New to green smoothies? feeling a little overwhelmed or unsure of where to start? Not to worry! as today I share with you some simple tips for creating a brilliantly creamy and refreshing green smoothie, perfect for when you are feeling like a little boost of nourishment.

I like to keep my smoothies basic and not too complicated. For example, in the smoothie pictured, I have added 1/2 an avocado, 1 small frozen banana, 1 cup coconut water, a large handful of cos lettuce, juice of half a lemon and a small handful of fresh green grapes to a blender. Simply whizz until smooth, and then enjoy!

Four simple steps to creating your own delicious green smoothie:

1. To begin with, choose a liquid base for your smoothie. I use about 1 cup, but you can add a little more or less depending on the thickness desired. I like to use coconut water, but all types of nut milk, rice milk or oat milk work fantastically also.

2.  Next, I like to add something a little creamy, and also as a good dose of healthy fats. I usually add 1/2 an avocado, or 1/4 cup coconut cream. A handful of activated nuts or nut butter adds a terrific dimension also.

3. Time to choose a handful of fruit! I usually opt for a frozen banana, as I always have an abundance in the freezer. I also love a little mango or pineapple if I am wanting something tropical,  frozen grapes, apples, figs and berries are also a perfectly sweet addition. 

4. Last but not least, add a large handful or portion of greens. Some great options are, spinach, kale, spinach, cos lettuce, celery, broccoli, a bulb of fennel or half a cucumber.

Once you have mastered the art of creating a delicious green smoothie combination, you can get a little fancy. Here are some tips to help you take your smoothie to the next dimension.

1.You can add the juice of half a lemon or lime for a fresh zing. Some herbs also make a nice addition, for example, a small handful of mint or parsley work well.

2.Spices make an excellent addition, as well as adding extra health benefits. Turmeric, a little pinch of cayenne pepper, or ginger all work well.

2. I like to freeze my fruit or vegetables to produce a chilled & refreshing smoothie. If using fresh, you can add a couple of ice cubes instead.


  1. ah this looks delicious, and a great way to get in some raw food! check out this new post from niaterra that looks at the benefits of raw versus cooked food!

  2. Very delicious combo and smoothie looks yumm :) fantastic captures dear!

  3. Like the way it looks. Thank you for the tips!

  4. This is so helpful, thank you! I tried making my own green smoothies with no recipe a while ago but they never turned out very well. With these tips though, I made a Banana, Kale, Avocado and Coconut Water smoothie the other morning and have made one every morning since. These are such helpful tips that give delicious results, thank you!

  5. After about a week of drinking the Green drink I began to feel a radical change in my body. But I felt like I was getting a bit sick from the stuff. Later I learned that its a sign of detoxification. The detox got so bad that I was pretty sick for about 3 days.