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, egg shells and chia seeds. There are so many different combinations of recipes to try out, that you’ll never have to stop experimenting.

Why Blending?

Blending is probably the easiest way 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. So 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 need to try blending different types of vegetables. A good tip with this is to keep the rainbow in mind when you go grocery shopping. Find vegetables of different colors and you’ll be fine.

Read more about why you should start drinking green smoothies regularly.

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 list of best blenders for recommendations on some really good blenders that can make the best smoothies for you.

If you’re more into juicing, check out my juicer buying guide for the best juicers across all 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!

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.

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How to Clean Your Vitamix Container

How to clean Vitamix container

Have you had a Vitamix blender for a while now and you start seeing that cloudy film in your container that just won’t go away? Then this guide into cleaning a Vitamix container will hopefully help you in making it look like brand new again.

Or perhaps you have only recently bought a Vitamix blender and you want to make sure the container stays clean? Make a habit of regularly cleaning it the right way so that nasty stains won’t ever appear.

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Vitamix Containers Explained – Which One Should You Choose?

Vitamix containers explained: dry, wet, classic and low profile

Vitamix containers come in different sizes and styles, so how do you decide which one is right for you? If choosing a blender isn’t challenging enough already, picking the right container can also be quite confusing!

Vitamix containers range in size from 32oz to 64oz. Then there’s also dry and wet containers, not to mention low profile and classic containers.

Let’s go through all of these different types of Vitamix containers and their pros and cons so you know which one to pick for your personal blending adventures.

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Best Blenders for Green Smoothies – A 2017 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.

I’ve used several different types of blenders over the years, but the Vitamix 5200 is still my absolute favorite. This machine can literally blend anything into a healthy creamy drink, extracting all the healthy nutrients from my favorite ingredients. My second favorite brand for blenders is Blendtec whose blenders are just as powerful and durable as Vitamix blenders.

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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!

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3 Delicious Green Tea Smoothie Recipes

Green tea smoothie recipes

Once you have a good blender in your kitchen, it’s time to start experimenting with different fruits and vegetables that you would otherwise not usually eat or buy. Over the years, I have created many green smoothie recipes, some worked really well, and others turned out to be a complete fail!

But that’s the fun of having a blender. Just keep experimenting and see what works best for you. It was only recently that I tried adding green tea to my green smoothies as I was looking for new ideas for recipes.

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Detox Green Smoothie with Parsley and Cucumber

Detox green smoothie ingredients

This parsley and cucumber detox green smoothie with extra ginger and lemon is a very powerful and effective way to detox and will make you feel recharged and revitalized within moments.

Packed with nutrients this detox green smoothie will reduce inflammation and will detoxify and re-hydrate your body. It is the perfect way to improve your alkaline-acid balance.

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Sunrise Green Smoothie

Sunrise green smoothie

With a mix of fresh fruit and thick Greek yogurt, this sunrise green smoothie will be the best way to start your day. You certainly won’t need a coffee to wake you up after drinking this delicious smoothie!

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Banana Berry Smoothie

Banana berry smoothie ingredients

The color may not be that green, but this super healthy, easy-to-prepare banana berry smoothie will definitely give you an instant health and energy boost.

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Carrot and Spinach Green Smoothie (with Apple and Ginger)

Carrot spinach smoothie

If you’re in need of a healthy energy boost in the morning to get you going for the rest of the day, then try this delicious carrot and spinach green smoothie with apple and ginger.

This powerhouse drink is high in vitamins A and C and is loaded with a great variety of minerals such as potassium, calcium, folate and magnesium.

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