The Secret to a Tasty Green Smoothie by Hilary Phelps


If you are on Instagram, Twitter or any other social media platform, you’ll notice green smoothies (and juices) popping up everywhere. While you can throw whatever suits your fancy into the blender and drink it down, there’s a formula to use that will make the smoothie yummy, instead of tasting like you’re swallowing lawn clippings. Between smoothies and juice, it’s a neck-and-neck race for the “healthiest elixir.” The difference is simple: green juice has been extracted from fruits and vegetables by using a juicer to create a smooth juice. A green smoothie also contains both fruits and vegetables, but uses a blender and calls for water or a milk alternative (soy, coconut, almond) to make the blended drink.

Juices are void of fiber, which means they quickly enter the blood- stream and provide nutrients, meaning you want to ensure there are more greens and veggies than fruit, because fruit juice is filled with sugar, and without the fiber of the whole fruit (aka eating it), the juice will create a quick spike in your blood sugar. Smoothies, on the other hand, do have fiber, because it’s simply blending the entire fruit and vegetable, keeping all the nutrients intact. Both have benefits and are great additions to your day.

Now, the “rule” for smoothies is simple: 1 cup liquid (I like almond milk) + 1 cup greens (spinach is the mildest in flavor, but I like kale as well) + 1.5 cups of fruit = 1 serving of a green smoothie. Add-ins include protein powder, flax seeds, hemp seeds, a tablespoon of almond or peanut butter (I like almond) or chia seeds.

The secret? Blend the liquid and greens first to make sure the elixir is smooth before adding the fruit. If you like yours icy, add frozen fruit, such as bananas or blueberries. Trader Joe’s has a wonderful assortment of frozen berries, mango, and pineapple. You can also add ice cubes (including frozen coffee—more to come on that) to the blender for a frozen texture. The add-ins are blended last. Next? Enjoy!

Below are two of my favorites –

I threw this one together because I had a pear that was super ripe. My options were to throw it into a blender or into the trash. Into the blender it went.

Green Pear
• 1 cup of almond milk
• 1 ripe pear quartered
• 2 handfuls of spinach
• 1 scoop of Vega Vanilla protein powder
• Water to thin as needed
• Blend and enjoy!

Chocolate Banana
• 1 cup of almond milk
• 1 banana (frozen or unfrozen)
• 1/2 apple
• 1 cup of kale or baby spinach
• 1 tbsp raw almond butter
• 1 scoop Vega Protein chocolate energizing protein powder (you can also use cacao powder)
• Blend and enjoy!

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and after enjoying one of these green smoothies, you have already had 2-3 servings of your fruits/vegetables for the day. I’d say that starts your day off on the right foot, wouldn’t you?

Hilary Phelps is the founder and creative director of Genuine Joy Media Group, LLC. She is a lifestyle consultant and media analyst, as well as an Ironman finisher, a certified yoga instructor, a regular attendee and columnist during NYC Fashion Week, an accomplished baker, and a vegetarian. She was the first in her family to begin competitive swimming at the age of 5, prompting her sister, Whitney, and younger brother, Michael, to follow the same path as they got older.

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