What Is a Green Smoothie? - dummies

By Jennifer Thompson

Part of Green Smoothies For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You don’t have to be on a strict vegan, vegetarian, or even raw food diet to enjoy the health benefits of green smoothies. And you don’t have to eliminate any foods that you’re already eating or enjoying. The idea behind green smoothies is to drink one smoothie a day as a complement to your current diet. With just that change alone, you should start to see results. Here are a few things to know about green smoothies:

  • You make green smoothies in a blender by using three main ingredients: leafy green veggies, fruits, and a liquid base, such as water, almond milk, or coconut water.

  • Green smoothies take less than five minutes to make. They’re truly the fastest and easiest way to start improving your diet. You don’t need any special culinary skills to make green smoothies.

  • Green smoothies will keep in the fridge for up to two days. That means you can make them in advance the night before school or work and in the morning be ready to leave the house on time with a healthy drink in hand!

  • Green smoothies are affordable. You don’t need any expensive equipment or ingredients to make green smoothies.

  • Unlike green juice made in a juicer, green smoothies keep all the fiber in the fruits and veggies intact. The fiber keeps you fuller longer, helps regulate blood sugars, and reduces food cravings, making losing weight and keeping it off easier.

  • Green smoothies are full of minerals, such as calcium, zinc, potassium, manganese, magnesium, and selenium and are loaded with vitamins C, A, E, and B complex.

  • The high amounts of antioxidants in green smoothies make them a perfect anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory food.

  • Dark leafy greens are the star ingredient in green smoothies because most people today simply aren’t eating enough greens. Adding fruits hides the bitter taste of the greens.

  • Because green smoothies are blended into liquid form, they’re easy to digest and absorb.

  • Green smoothies are great for breakfast, before or after workouts, or as an afternoon snack to give you a healthy boost of natural energy. They’re wonderful for kids and adults. Your whole family can get in on the healthy fun!

  • By having a green smoothie once a day, you can naturally start to “crowd out” refined and processed foods with natural, whole, pure foods.

  • You can use green smoothies to do a mini-detox at home for one, two, or three days, or try a once-a-week detox.