Green Smoothie Recipes: Our green smoothie recipes have been prepared by registered dietitians and are especially for those raw and whole food enthusiasts. Give them a try and we promise you'll notice positive improvements in your health!
Our basil pesto smoothie recipe proves that you can combine flavors that you know are good together and come out with a delicious smoothie every time. It is fun to savor each sip of this smoothie and notice all the nuances of flavor. Try giving it to someone who does not know what is in it and ask them to try to name each ingredient. One sip might have a little more garlic flavor or a little more tartness, but all-in-all, this is a recipe bursting with flavor. If you like pesto, you know how it can make you eat more pasta than you should. With this healthy smoothie, you get all the flavor without all the calories.
Asparagus contains a specific mix of amino acids that have been shown to alleviate symptoms of a hangover by helping the liver process alcohol. Kale is high in potassium, which helps the body’s electrolytes get back into balance. Carrots provide beta carotene and antioxidants to help liver cells function optimally. You could try using beets in place of carrots in this smoothie recipe for the same effect. Garlic has a liver cleansing effect. Milk thistle has long been known to the herbal community as a liver cleanser, and it may also help keep blood sugar balanced. Our hangover cure smoothie recipe will fix you right up after a crazy night!
Wheat grass can be purchased as a juice or powder, or you can grow it yourself and trim it to use in smoothie recipes and other dishes such as soup, salad or stir fry. It has been shown in studies to help heal ulcerative colitis, a severe inflammatory disease of the large intestine, specifically the colon. It has also been shown to protect cells during chemotherapy. Both wheat grass and green tea are chock full of antioxidants to rid your body of free radicals and protect your youth. This green smoothie recipe will be one of your favorites, and your body will thank you!
Spinach and kale are both super green vegetables that contain between them just about every identified vitamin and mineral, including large amounts of vitamin K, the vitamin responsible for proper clotting of the blood when the skin is injured. Fresh ground flax seeds provide a delicious nutty flavor that compliments the flavor of the greens, while also providing ALA, a precursor to omega-3 fatty acid, which keep blood flowing smoothly by reducing triglycerides. So, your entire circulatory system will benefit from this tasty green smoothie recipe. Apples and vanilla yogurt always add sweetness and texture to smoothie recipes, and this one is no exception.
This smoothie is full of antioxidant power, and it surprisingly tastes great with the combination of green vegetables, nutty flaxseeds, wheat germ, sweet apples and pineapple juice. The garlic adds another spicy dimension that has been called addictive! It is very high in vitamins A and C, which both protect the skin. It is very high in manganese, which has strong antioxidant properties in the body. Our cancer prevention smoothie recipe is also high in fiber to protect the colon, potassium to protect the heart, magnesium to protect the bones, and vitamin B6 to protect the nervous system. Feed all your body cells, and protect yourself against the cancer epidemic with a nutty yet sweet green smoothie.
Tired of eating salads? Try drinking one instead with the Salad in a Glass Smoothie recipe. It is easy to get your daily greens by drinking a tasty smoothie. We all know that spinach is a super green vegetable, which can be eaten in lieu of a multivitamin, but romaine lettuce is packed with nutrients as well and has a much milder flavor when used in smoothie recipes. It is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate, and contains almost every other vitamin and mineral known to man (and most likely some that have not yet been identified). Surprisingly, romaine even contains omega-3 fatty acids and protein.
At only fifteen grams net carbohydrates per serving, this smoothie satisfies your sweet cravings while providing blood sugar balancing soy protein to satisfy your hunger. Use this smoothie as part of your weight loss plan or simply as a satisfying, guilt-free dessert. For a milder flavor, use less cantaloupe and more watermelon. Melon and berries are low carbohydrate fruits. Spinach is a super green vegetable that has a place in any smoothie recipe you can throw it into. Very few people eat enough green vegetables, so fit them into almost any fruit smoothie, and although the color may not always be the most appealing, the taste is amazing.
Protein keeps blood sugar steady by slowing down digestion and absorption of sugar. This blood sugar balancing effect makes you feel satisfied longer, while a high carbohydrate meal or snack can cause a rapid rise in blood sugar and then a reactionary drop later. When blood sugar drops, you crave carbohydrates again. So break this cycle by drinking this blood sugar balancing smoothie. Cinnamon may contribute to lower fasting blood sugar, lower cholesterol levels, and it also may prevent inflammation. Spinach and carrots are very low in carbohydrates and add a negligible amount of natural sugar to this smoothie recipe.
When the body’s pH balance leans toward the acidic both inflammation and chronic health conditions such as arthritis may develop. Some foods have the tendency to neutralize acid or have an alkaline effect after they have been digested. These are the "alkaline ash" foods. Every ingredient in this smoothie recipe has an alkaline effect on the body’s pH (except for the ice cubes, which may be neutral to slightly acidic). In addition, this smoothie contains green vegetables that are high in potassium, as well as flax seeds that provide healthy fats for heart health. Counteract excess acid from eating meats and grains as well as excess stomach acid while enjoying this creamy, green, health-giving smoothie.
Yummy! This smoothie recipe tastes like fresh green vegetables out of the garden. Why cover up that awesome flavor with too much sweet fruit or juice? The parsley gives the smoothie a fresh, almost savory taste. One serving of this smoothie is only 120 calories. It is high in at least 10 important nutrients, including fiber and iron. The fact that the leaves are ground up may increase the absorption of the iron from the fibrous leaves of the spinach and kale. The high vitamin C content provides an acidic environment for iron to be absorbed in the body.