How to Make a Basic Green Smoothie


My love affair with green smoothies started with envy. Maybe you'll relate to this little story.

This was several years ago, before green smoothies were readily available at coffee shops and in the malls. I was quite overweight then, working all the time, and completely sedentary. Of course, I didn't love being in that state, but I couldn't really find a way out either. I had high hopes, though, and started browsing healthy food blogs and books. Suddenly, I became aware of the green smoothie, a mysterious elixir that the healthy folks couldn't stop raving about.

And then I started seeing people drinking these green smoothies more often — on Youtube videos, on the street, coming out of yoga studios. I'll admit: I kind of hated these people: oh aren't you healthy? But of course I wanted to be like them, too. They made it seem so easy to be skinny and blissed out on greens — instead of hooked on Doritos and french fries, which I was.

Eventually I got the courage to try smoothies, and then I ventured out into green smoothie territory. And you know what I found out? It was super easy, and I barely tasted the spinach I'd cautiously sprinkled into the blender container. After awhile, I began to add more and more spinach, and to try other greens such as kale and romaine lettuce. And the smoothies still tasted good!

I'm telling you all of this just in case you're one of those people who are simultaneously curious, puzzled, or even repulsed by green smoothies. And yet deep down, you might want to be one of those smoothie-sipping health nuts.

Your Turn

Want to try a green smoothie? Here are my tips for making it as simple and non-intimidating as possible:

  1. Dust off your blender, or borrow one from a friend.
  2. Buy some unsweetened almond milk.
  3. Also pick up a bag of frozen spinach or kale.
  4. Have some nut butter on hand: peanut, almond — you choose.
  5. Chop a ripe banana into chunks, throw it in a ziploc, and freeze it overnight.
  6. Pick out another fruit you like, such as an apple or pear.
  7. Get up 10 minutes early and make the magic happen.

Next, you'll need my Super Simple Green Smoothie Recipe — just click on “Get the Recipe” below.

I hope you try the recipe sometime soon, especially if you're new to green smoothies. If you do try it, please let me know how it goes — I'd love to hear from you! You can drop me a line at at .

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