For us creatives there is nothing better than a really good play with words. Oh, you want to know what I do for a living. Well, I’m a blog writer, if you must know. And this is my blog devoted entirely to my smooth world of making and enjoying smoothies from my currently small collection of green smoothie recipe delights. There is a really good play with words in today’s post. Have another look at the title and try and think about what it means to you. Does the color green mean anything significant to you?
It means a lot to me. First of all, green is only my second favorite color. Blue, and all its different shades, is my favorite. When I first thought about making smoothies, not so much for my personal health but more to add color to my already illustrious life, I wondered whether I could make a blue smoothie. I haven’t even begun searching yet but I’m convinced that I can. It could be a bubblegum flavor inspiration.
Or, yes it can, be a rich collection of blueberries and other dark fruits, all rich in its natural, chunky fibers and antioxidants. The big reason why it’s called a green smoothie is, of course, mainly to do with the smoothie’s color. It’s green, you see. And the reason why it stays green, right up until the time it touches your lips, is because it’s made mainly from green fruits and vegetables. Like avocados and spinach, for instance.
But, wait for it. There’s another reason why I like to refer to these smoothies as green smoothies, and they don’t always have to be the color green, is because they can be organic one hundred percent the whole way through. And it’s really easy to achieve this prerogative. The next time you go shopping for your first batch of green smoothie ingredients, make sure you’ve only bought organic supplies, right down to the nitty gritty of additional powdered supplements and even natural spices like turmeric to, let’s just say, spice up your fruit and veg flavors.
GREEN SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS
You know, I almost said; beef up your flavors. But that would have been a wrong turn of phrase because the smoothie ingredients, especially if it’s going towards the making of a green smoothie, are all vegan at the end of the day. Vegans, by the way, eat and use absolutely no products that come from animals. Vegetarians, on the other hand, will still be taking in their yogurt and eggs, they just don’t eat meat.
Here’s just one set of green smoothie ingredients for you to use.
- Two cups of water
- Two cups of spinach
- One cup of mango
- One cup of pineapple
- Oh, and I almost forgot to add in one of my all-time favorite fruits – Two bananas. Yup, you heard right folks; two whole bananas.
And how easy is that to get you going towards making your first greenie smooth, I mean, first green smoothie. No other extra ingredients to add here.
GREEN SMOOTHIE ADVICE
But before you actually get to making that original smoothie, there are things you need to know. Come, listen up, I’ll tell you quickly. There are five things you should take into consideration. One of these tips is probably the most important of the bunch, so take careful note of that one. I’ll list that one first for you. It is universally recognized as the 60/40 formula.
- 60/40 – Juicing formulas are opposite to this sixty into forty ratio. What it entails is using 60 percent fruit and forty percent vegetables. For this to be right you’re going to need some measuring cups.
- Stage-managed blending – Make sure you’ve purchased a blender that has specifically been designed for making smoothies. Don’t worry about how much it’s going to cost you at this stage because it really doesn’t need to be the most expensive blender on the market. But, be warned, a good blender isn’t cheap either. Right, time for a little work, guys. Why do you think this delicious drink is called a smoothie in the first place? Well, duh, because it’s a smooth drink, of course. To get this right, you’ll be blending your fruit and vegetables in several stages, depending on its original hardness.
- Say freeze – Instead of using ice, freeze your smoothies. Here’s how. Actually, you are freezing your fruit and vegetables before blending time. The ice, as you know, will turn to water. You don’t want that. So, by freezing your ingredients instead, you’re making sure that your finished smoothie is going to be really cold, especially if it’s a hot day, like it is here today.
- Use only natural sweeteners – Artificial sweeteners and refined white sugar is extremely bad for you. Don’t use these in your green smoothie. There are more than enough natural sweeteners to be found in your fruits. That list of ingredients I gave you earlier is very basic. But it allows you to pretty much add in any extras you want, according to your own unique tastes. I’d recommend adding a variety of berries. They’re all quite sweet, some are bitter, but, ja, that’s also variety for you.
- Pre-plan your smoothie making – It’s official. Green smoothies are the healthiest takeouts in town. It’s really great for when you’re really in a hurry. You can make your smoothies ahead of time (but not longer than two days, mind you). When you’re ready for your smoothie, all you need to do is pull it out of the refrigerator, give it a good shake, and there you go.
I really had an awesome time writing this introductory note on smoothies for you, but guys, our time is up. Boo-hoo-hoo. But don’t worry guys, there’s more to come. I wanted to chat to you about the simple process of making smoothies and growing your own ingredients. Perhaps we can do that quickly in our next post.