Thursday, March 6, 2014

HOW TO CREATE THE PERFECT GREEN SMOOTHIE



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.


4 comments:

  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! http://www.niaterra.com/nias/4/Raw-Food--Is-cooked-food-healthier-than-raw-food

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

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

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  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!

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