Green Smoothies—Health in a Cup

Aug, 06, 2015

By Fredrica Syren:

My life is crazy busy sometimes, and that’s when I find myself forgetting to eat or having to eat on the fly. Food on the fly is not a good idea by any means and, at the same time, it’s hard to make something that’s fast and healthy. Voila, enter green smoothie! Green smoothies are part of my daily routine, no matter whether I’m super busy or (like these days) or when we have nice, warm, mellow days. A green smoothie is yummy, healthy and easy to make, and it usually appeals to anyone. Sometimes I prepare a smoothie and store it in a mason jar (with lid on) in the fridge for easy access to a healthy snack that I can grab and go.

A green smoothie is simply a fruit smoothie with raw fruit and vegetables added for maximum nutrition. It takes only minutes to make a super smoothie with all kinds of raw and healthy goodies, and they can be varied in a million ways. My kids go completely nuts for green smoothies. Sometimes they like theirs in a glass with a straw and sometimes in a bowl with granola, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, bee pollen or muesli on top. I like to add extra nutrition like hemp, chia, spirulina and wheat grass to my smoothies. Here are a few of my favorite standard recipes and like I said, you can drink it and eat like a smoothie bowl:

Mango, Oh, My!mango smoothie

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp. wheat grass powder
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. hemp seeds
  • Handful baby spinach

Place in blender and mix until perfectly smooth


Apple and Sprouts Smoothie

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 apple
  • ¼ cup alfalfa sprouts
  • 1 ripe banana

Cut apple into slices, and place everything in blender and mix until smooth and creamy.

Beet-a-Berryliciousblueberry and beet smoothie

  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 small raw beet, peeled and chopped
  • Handful raw kale

Place in blender and mix until perfectly smooth

Fredrika Syren

Fredrika Syren is an environmental activist and writer. In 2016, she founded the website Green-Mom.com where she shared her family’s journey of living zero waste. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband James and their children Bella, Noah, and Liam. Fredrika and her family were recently featured in the documentary Zero Time to Waste. Fredrika is also the author of Zero Waste for Families - A Practical Guidebook (which you can buy on this site)

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