Smoothies, including those on a green smoothie diet are a very fast and easy breakfast or any other meal for that matter that contain wonderful fruits, veggies and often time yogurt. In this post we’ll give you a few tips that will help you make great smoothies. We’ll be giving you ideas for not just a green smoothie diet but a variety of other ideas to help you make great smoothies and help you enjoy them.
Simple Tips for Making Any Smoothie
Even though colder weather is starting to come our way, that doesn’t mean that you still can’t utilize the benefits from a green smoothie diet and any kind of smoothie that you may want to enjoy. Here are a couple of helpful tips on how you can make sure that all of your smoothies turn out great tasting:
• Always make sure sure to put any liquid you are using for your green smoothie diet or any smoothie in your blender first. Even though this may seem obvious, a lot of people actually fail to do this. The reason you should always put the liquid in first is that it helps to get things moving faster when making any smoothie.
• Make sure to always start on the lowest speed on your blender first and then work your way up to the high speed when making your smoothie for your green smoothie diet and other smoothies. You should turn the speed up about one third of the way and wait until the larger pieces of fruit and/or veggies start to break up and start to see a vortex start to form in the center of the smoothie. Then you can slowly add some speed. If you happen to increase the speed too fast, air bubbles can form and then the blades will just spin around inside of the bubbles.
Freeze Smoothie Ingredients in a Muffin Tin
Whether you enjoy drinking your smoothie on your green smoothie diet for breakfast, lunch, or even a snack there is yet another way in which you can enjoy a smoothie and save time. That’s by taking a muffin tin and pour a batch of your favorite smoothie into the tin and freeze it. Just make your favorite smoothie recipe, pour into muffin tin and freeze. After they’re frozen you can then store them in zip lock bags so you can enjoy this tasty snack at any time you are in the mood. If you want you can even take a few of the frozen smoothie cups and put them in the blender and add a little liquid such as water, coconut water or milk and you’ll immediately have a drinkable smoothie again.
Great Wintertime Smoothies
If you decide to go on a green smoothie diet during the winter, you might find it hard to find some of the fruits you want to use with your greens. Here are a few tips that could help you still enjoy great smoothies even in the winter.
• Make sure that you have plenty of bananas on hand. Not only are they good for you and inexpensive, they are essential to have them on hand in winter. One of the best ways to use them in your smoothies is to freeze them. This tends to make them easier to use to make very creamy smoothies without having to add any additional ice.
• During winter it’s hard to find some of the fruits you might want to use. This doesn’t mean you can’t have them. Just go to your frozen section of your local grocery store and buy frozen fruits such as strawberries, blueberries and mixed berries. You may want to let them thaw out a little bit before using them if your blender has issues with froze items.
• Add some nuts or even some peanut butter to your smoothies. These are great ingredients to include in your smoothies during the winter months because they are very hearty and they will make your smoothies, even ones you use in your green smoothie diet feel less summer like during colder months. See our recipe for Frozen Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Smoothie found at the bottom of this post.
• Add some tofu. Winter is hard to find some items that help to add texture and tofu is an item you can use all year round. By adding tofu to a smoothie you’re adding both texture and protein. See our Low Sugar, High Protein, Dairy Free Smoothie found at the bottom of this post.
Frozen Banana, Spinach, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Smoothie
This makes one large smoothie or two small smoothies.
2 medium bananas cut in chunks
Cup of spinach
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 cup 2% milk
½ teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup chocolate chips
Freeze the bananas in a container with a lid for at least four hours or overnight.
Blend the bananas, spinach, peanut butter, milk and the vanilla in your blender until it’s smooth. Add the chocolate chips at the very end and blend briefly until they’re chopped and blended in.
Low Sugar, High Protein, Dairy Free Smoothie
This makes two smoothies and will last up to two day in your refrigerator.
6 ounces of tofu cut in big cubes
Cup of baby spinach
¾ cup soy milk
2 tablespoons of agave nectar
2 cups of fruit (half frozen before blending)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Add the soy milk and tofu in blender along with the unfrozen fruit and spinach. You can use any fruit you want. Make sure these items are on the bottom because it will be easier to blend. Now add in the frozen fruit and blend along with everything else in blender. Add the agave to taste starting with one tablespoon and go on from there. Finally add the vanilla and blend.