Green Smoothies

Green smoothies are the perfect way to get your vegetables and fruits in and improve your health and well-being. Drinking a nutritious green smoothie a few times a week really does wonders to your overall health.

The fun with blending, and also juicing, is that you can try so many different recipes and ingredients. You may be surprised what types of ingredients I often add to my smoothies, such as turmeric, chia seeds and egg shells. There are so many different combinations of recipes to try out, that you’ll never have to stop experimenting.

Why Green Smoothies?

Drinking green smoothies is one of the best ways to get a great variety of nutrients in. A good blender is able to extract the nutrients from greens so you can get the most out of it. It’s also very easy and quick. Within 10 minutes you can prepare yourself a green smoothie with different types of vegetables and fruits.

Green smoothies are also very energizing. If you’re feeling a bit sluggish, instead of grabbing an unhealthy snack, drink a green smoothie and you’ll get an instant energy boost.

Make sure that when you blend regularly to mix up the ingredients. Vegetables all have their own specific set of nutrients and to enjoy them all, you’ll have to blend different types of vegetables. A good tip is to keep the rainbow in mind when you go grocery shopping. Find vegetables of different colors and you’ll get the most of your green smoothies.

Read more about why drinking green smoothies regularly is good for you.

What Type of Blender Should You Get?

If you’re into blending as much as I am, or if you’re keen to get started with green smoothies, I strongly recommend Blendtec and Vitamix blenders. They are a pit pricier than the average blender you can find in every department store, but they give you the best results and they last very long.

The point of blending is to extract the nutrients from vegetables and fruits, and Vitamix and Blendtec blenders do this perfectly with their powerful motors.

Green smoothies - Vitamix 5200 TNC blenderHave a look at the Blendtec blender range (new and refurbished) on Amazon, or check out the best deals on Vitamix blenders.

Amazon also sells refurbished Vitamix blenders that are a bit cheaper than brand new ones but are still very good quality.

I have been a happy owner of a Vitamix 5200 Total Nutrition Center for more than 4 years now and I can honestly say that it has changed my life for the better. On average, I make around 2 liters worth of green goodness each week with my Vitamix.

My blender makes it so incredibly easy for me to consume many different types of vegetables (mostly raw), combined with a healthy dose of fresh fruit. This allows me to take in a great variety of nutrients on a regular basis, which has a great positive impact on my overall health and well-being.

And it’s not just green smoothies that you can prepare, your Vitamix blender can also make the best soups, such as pumpkin soup.

If you’re thinking to buy a blender, please visit my recommendations for affordable blenders that can prepare great smoothies for you. Is your budget a bit higher? Check out my favorite high-end blenders that can literally blend all foods.

If you’re more into juicing, check out my juicer buying guide for the best juicers across different price ranges.

Green Smoothie Recipes, Tips and Ideas

Over the years I have created many different types of green smoothies. I’ve been documenting the best green smoothie recipes so I can share them here on Healthy Food Tribe for you to try at home. All of these recipes are very easy to prepare and, above all, super nutritious.

Happy blending!

6 Delicious Breakfast Smoothie Recipes for That Instant Energy Boost

Breakfast smoothie recipes

Most of us rely on that much desired cup of coffee first thing in the morning to kick-start the day and to get you going. And I’ll be honest, I do too!

The problem with coffee though is that the buzz you get from it doesn’t last very long. And once it’s gone, your body and mind are desperate for another caffeine fix.

A good alternative is a breakfast smoothie that has all the right ingredients and nutrients to give you an instant, and lasting, energy boost.

Replacing coffee with a green smoothie is not easy, but your body and mind will be able to get used to it. And in the long term, you will start craving that healthy drink instead of your usual cup of coffee.

Not only does a breakfast smoothie give you that much needed energy boost in the morning, green smoothies are also a great way to get your essential nutrients in. Drinking a nutritious smoothie a few times per week really does wonders to your health.

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Smoothie Ratio (How to Make a Good Smoothie)

Smoothie ratio

Preparing a nutritious green smoothie that not only tastes good but also has that perfect texture is not as easy as it may seem.

I used to mix all sorts of ingredients together in my blender, hoping something magical would come out of it. But all too often my smoothies ended up tasting bad or they would be too thick.

So how can you avoid making the mistakes I made? By sticking to a good smoothie ratio that works for you. A proven smoothie ratio that guarantees a healthy drink with a creamy texture and a good balance of nutrients.

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10 Smoothie Add-Ins for Extra Health Benefits

Smoothie add-ins for extra health benefits

When preparing green smoothies, I always look at ways to easily add extra ingredients. Not just for the flavors, but more so because of the extra nutrients I get to enjoy.

My most-used green smoothie ingredients, such as kale, carrots, berries, parsley and avocado, are perhaps not very exciting. But some of my favorite smoothie add-ins, that I often use to maximize my nutrient intake, are a bit more surprising and can sometimes even raise a few eyebrows!

Please note that all of these add-ins have their own unique flavors so it requires a bit of experimenting to work out what your preferred smoothie balance is.

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Best Single Serve Blenders for Making Delicious Smoothies on the Go

Best single serve blenders

Single serve blenders are the perfect solution for those that want to prepare easy smoothies on the go, but don’t want to invest in an expensive blender with too many unnecessary features.

These compact-sized blenders are designed with convenience in mind, so you can quickly prepare a healthy drink without too much effort.

We’ve had a look at some of the best single serve blenders available on the market today and have selected our top six.

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8 Delicious Kale Smoothie Recipes

Kale smoothie recipes

Kale is not everyone’s favorite leafy green, but it is definitely one of my most used green smoothie ingredients. Not only is kale a very nutritious vegetable, it’s also a smoothie ingredient that blends really well with fruits and other greens.

This is why I’ve selected 8 delicious kale smoothie recipes that will hopefully inspire you to consume more of this powerful vegetable and take advantage of its health benefits.

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Health Benefits of Drinking Fresh Smoothies

Health benefits of drinking fresh smoothies

We all know that consuming fruits and vegetables on a daily basis plays an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

Despite being aware of this, many find it challenging and time-consuming to incorporate them into their diet.

Luckily, there are ways to get those healthy nutrients without having to cook elaborate dishes or carry a lunchbox filled with fruit and vegetables everywhere you go.

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How to Blend Kale into a Creamy and Delicious Green Smoothie

How to blend kale into a smoothie

It’s no surprise that kale has slowly become the go-to ingredient for green smoothies, juices and shakes. Perhaps a bit too much hyped up as a super food, kale does actually have some amazing and unique health benefits.

But unless you have a powerful blender at home, such as a Blendtec or a Vitamix, kale is not always the easiest of ingredients to blend into a delicious smoothie.

Read on to find out how to blend kale into a nutritious drink with a creamy, smooth texture.

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Best Blenders for Making Delicious Green Smoothies (2018 Blender Buying Guide)

Best blenders for green smoothies

Blending vegetables and fruits is the perfect way to get your vital nutrients in and improve your overall health.

I have been making and drinking green smoothies consistently for many years now and I can honestly say that this lifestyle change has had a massive impact on my health and well-being.

Are you looking to invest in a new quality blender but not sure which one to choose? Read on as I share with you my recommendations for best blenders for green smoothies, based on price/value, durability, performance and ease-of-use.

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Broccolini Green Smoothie with Ginger and Mint

Broccolini green smoothie

As a green smoothie fanatic, I love experimenting with new ingredients for my recipes and over the years I have created some of the best but also some of the worst green smoothies. But that’s the fun of blending, some recipes work and others simply don’t.

Broccolini is definitely not the first vegetable you’d think of when experimenting with green smoothies. And not surprisingly, it’s very hard to find any broccolini smoothie recipes on the Internet either. But that doesn’t mean we can’t try it!

So I figured, let’s start experimenting with broccolini and see how it works out. But first let’s have a closer look at what broccolini actually is.

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