Recipes: Beginner’s Green Smoothies

So I finally took the plunge. After 3 years of thinking I’d like to try this whole green smoothie thing I just did it. Now I am NOT a health nut. I have a policy if I’m going to be eat it, it better be worth the calories. And mind you the “worth” I use is purely a function of taste -not nutritional health. Any ways I’ve been drawn to these green smoothies since my neighbor first told me about them back when we lived at the condos. I found a couple of combos that I really enjoy (I’ve been drinking them every morning). I’m someone who has to force herself to eat veggies and would eat bacon and cookies every morning so trust me when I say you can’t taste the “green” in these.

Orange Wake Me Up Green Smoothie

  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 3-4 slices frozen peaches
  • 1/2 C frozen mango
  • 1/2 C cantaloupe (optional)
  • coconut juice to desired consistency.

Strawberry Orange Breakfast

  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 orange
  • orange juice to desired consistency

I put my bag of spinach in the freezer just so it last longer and I think it blends up easier but I did it once with fresh leaves and it was almost the same.

First blend spinach up. Then add the rest of the ingredients. Blend. If you want it thicker add 1-2 cubes of ice. If you want it thinner add more juice. I start with about 1/4 to 1/2 cup juice. I’m weird and don’t like drinking thick stuff out of a straw so I prefer it thicker and I eat it with a spoon.  (these make one glass)

If you’ve been thinking of trying green smoothies I think these are good ones to start with. Also I’ve got a ninja blender and I absolutely LOVE it. It blends things up like a charm and my favorite part is that it has 3 different sized chambers and the smallest is perfect for 1 smoothie. If you’re a green smoothie pro I’d love to hear what some of your favorite combinations are.

Tried ans true beginner green smoothie recipes that actually taste good. at Rae Gun Ramblings

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Comments

  1. We have THREE bags of fresh spinach in our refrigerator right now so guess what I’ll be trying out!

  2. i’ve never tried a green smoothie but want to – and i have lots of spinach in my fridge so i’m going to try this one later this week! thanks for sharing!

  3. You’ve given me a bit of confidence :)

  4. I’ve been buying spinach with the intention of giving it a go and every time I chicken out and use it in recipes instead.

  5. Your smoothie turned out pretty – I’ll have to try these recipes. My favorite is kale, cilantro, lemon juice and a dash of salt. And blueberries are a good disguise for the leafy greens too. Thanks for linking up!

  6. This looks really refreshing. I would love for you to stop by and link up at my Linky Party via: ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  7. I have friends who drink these smoothies and swear by it. Perhaps I should give it a go? Give the old immune system a boost!

  8. These look awesome – I love your first picture, great colour and texture. I totally want to try them all right now. Happy Tuesday

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  10. My husband and I have gotten on a huge smoothie kick lately and I’ll have to see if he’s up for these. I think they sound pretty delicious! Thanks so much for linking up to this weeks Tutorial Tuesday!

    Kari
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  11. I love the idea of freezing your spinach! I will for sure be trying the first recipe soon. I’m always looking for good (not tooo healthy :) smoothie recipes!
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  12. MmmM – these look great! Whenever I have fresh spinach on hand, I tend to put them in whatever smoothie I’m making. I almost never have to put spinach in the freezer, but I’m glad to know that it works well if I want to.

    Thanks for linking up to the Take it on Tuesday blog hop. I’ll be pinning this!

  13. I have to admit, I’ve always been a bit turned off by these green smoothies because, well, they are green and I am an extremely picky eater. I don’t really have a sense of smell, so the look of my food is more important to me than most people.

    However, I have been interested in them simply because like you, everyone I know who tried them says they are good and you don’t taste the spinach. Someday I need to get over the looks and taste them myself. Everyone could probably use some more fruits and veggies in their diet, so thanks for sharing on the Your Cozy Home Party.

  14. I’m going to try these out on the kiddos.

  15. This is great! I love smoothies! I have the same one almost everytime though.
    -1 cup of skim milk
    -1 banana
    -1-teaspoon of peanut butter
    -1 cup of ice
    -1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
    ** and I have put spinach leaves in it before too! and your right you can’t taste them!

    You really gotten me to thinking I should start doing that again. I am like you with veggies vs. bacon lol and anything I can do to get more greens is good for me! Especially if I can’t really taste them! :-)

    Anyways, I would love for you to come by our Naturally-Nifty Linky Party and link this and any other great stuff you have up!

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  16. Thank you for sharing this, I am a huge smoothie lover but have been scared of the *green* smoothies. I will be trying it for sure now.

    I’d love for you to share this with our readers at our linkup.
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  17. I’m the opposite, I have to force myself to eat fruit. I knew, weirdo right. Anyway, this smoothie would be perfect! Thanks so much for sharing at our party this week, and by the way, I’m a new linky follower.

  18. I put enough red berries that mine never look green, or maybe I don’t put as much spinach in mine. But it works great for hiding veggies from your kids. Mine love a good smoothie, but tell them there’s spinach in it and they might not like it as much. Oh, and if you use blueberries, the chopped up blueberries and the chopped up spinach look the same color, so you can tell the kids the “flecks” are just blueberries. :)

  19. I think I may have to try this! Thanks for sharing!

  20. You and I are on the same page. I am not a huge health nut but I’m not going to go to a fancy coffee shop and get a 500 calorie drink AND pastries to start my morning. I haven’t tried this recipe but I love “green” smoothies!
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  21. Love the sounds of your green smoothies my daughter inlaw is big into them, will have to share these with her, and will be trying them myself, I love fruits and veggies but my guy isnt into it but this would be a good way to get more into me…thanks

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  24. I use pineapple-mango frozen mix,blueberries,spinach & banana’s plus nutmeg,cinnamon,ginger & water.Watermelon & kewi are also good,if you want more vegis try carrots.I also love strawberries and grapes in them.Thank you for the post & have a wonderful day!

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