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30+ Flavorful Green Smoothie Recipes That You Can Make In Less Than 5 Mins!

30+ Flavorful Green Smoothie Recipes That You Can Make In Less Than 5 Mins!

Getting in those daily servings of green can sometimes be a pain – and sure, salads are a great option but when you think of the amount of calories you end up ingesting with salad dressing – well, leaf chomping suddenly doesn’t sound all that great! So how do you get that daily dose of greens in without actually having to go through endless plates of drab and tasteless salad? Simple, you drink it!

Green Smoothies

Traditionally smoothies used to be calorie-laden drinks with yogurt being the only good thing in them, the rest being artificial flavors and tons of sugar. Then came the concept of the healthy smoothie of yogurt with fruits. Now of course, the trend has changed with the concept of the green smoothie that incorporates all that is healthy; veggies, fruits and of course, all natural additives like nuts, seeds and herbs. [1].

If you are a green smoothie virgin, then the very concept will sounds alien and tasteless to you. That said, after a few hits and misses, you can make green smoothie recipes that are good to taste and very healthy to eat/drink as well. The advantage of green smoothies are many; they are nutrient-packed with ample fiber, low on calories, filling and hydrating and are easy to make, be it pocket-wise or kitchen wise. Here’s how you can make that perfect green smoothie [2].

    An infographic to basic green smoothie!
    • Use alkaline greens: 60 to 80 percent of your smoothie should be alkaline greens – start with mild tasting ones like cucumber, romaine and spinach and move on to more adventurous tastes like kale, fennel, collard greens as well as green herbs like cilantro, basil, parsley and coriander.
    • Use low GI fruit: Sugary fruits can give you a sugar rush early in the morning – in smoothies, keep your fruits flavorful and low GI. Think apples, pears, kiwi, citrus, strawberries and plums; and even bananas, mangoes, papaya and pineapple.
    • Add in some healthy organic supplements for taste and health: For fiber, think flax or chia seeds whilst for protein you can add in nuts like almonds, walnuts or brazil or seeds like pumpkin, sesame or sunflower. Various herbs and roots can also give you vitamin and mineral boosts – cacao for magnesium or maca root for Vitamin B, iron and calcium. To make a creamier but no less healthy smoothie add coconut meat or avocado. And in case you need to make it sweeter, think of dates or even stevia.

    Green Smoothie Recipes

    So now that you know the basics, here are some ideas how to make awesome green smoothies that are as good to taste, as they are for the health…

    The Greenest Smoothie Ever

      Think spinach, cucumber, jalepeño, mint, cilantro, coconut water, mango. Sounds yum and is one healthy smoothie.

      Microgreen Smoothie

        With kale, mango, microgreens (or alfalfa sprouts), hemp seeds, and almond milk, with some raspberries thrown in, this smoothie will not taste green at all.

        Grapefruit & Spinach Smoothie

        The cooling citrus, couple with mild-tasting spinach greens makes for an excellent smoothie, excellently spiced up with ginger and with the added fiber of flax seeds.

        Pomegranate Green

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          Coconut water, strawberries, spinach, and pomegranate, thickened with banana or Greek yogurt make this green smoothie an antioxidant superstar.

          Spinach & Kale Greenie

          This may sound a bit much but it calls for just a leaf of kale for the flavor and is made yummy with spinach, frozen yogurt and almond milk. The recipe is here.

          Cranberry Kick

            With kale, cranberries, oranges, bananas and water – how simple is it to make this awesome smoothie?

            Kale Up

              For a great fall smoothie that’s sweet and energizing, think of kale, pear, grapes, banana and cashew almond milk.

              Yummilicious

                Made with avocado, cinnamon, spinach, banana and almond milk, this is one smoothie that simply does not taste like one.

                Green Warrior Smoothie

                This one is for the algae lovers, and the serious vegetarians only. With algae oil, virgin coconut oil, grapefruit, kale, celery and a host of other ingredients – this is one complicated and nutritionally dense smoothie indeed.

                Go Vegan All The Way

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                  This vegan smoothie is made from fresh spinach leaves, frozen mango chunks, banana, coconut milk, and a splash of orange juice.

                  Raw Mango Yumminess

                  A raw mango coupled with frozen banana and kale make for the perfect yummy green smoothie, complemented by chia and pumpkin seeds.

                  Ginger Pear Green Smoothie

                    Kale, pear, banana, ginger and citrus flavor kombucha give this smoothie a probiotic twist.

                    3-Layers Spinach Smoothie

                      Spinach, mango, strawberry and honey give this green smoothie a sweet pick-me-up flavor.

                      Strawberry Kiwi Kicker

                      Kiwi, strawberries, pineapple, spinach and a twist of lemon along with coconut water go into making this a simple and sweet smoothie, suited to beginners too.

                      Green is for Pistachios too!

                        Fresh mint, avocado, pistachios, and protein powder go into this slightly heavy but very fulfilling green smoothie.

                        Green “Slime”

                        Don’t go by its name! With spinach, frozen strawberries and the goodness of honey, this green gunk will be popular with the kids too.

                        Pineapple Whiz

                        Pineapples, grapes, spinach and oranges. Sounds good doesn’t it? Well, this smoothie tastes even better!

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                        Green PB&J Smothie

                        Yogurt, banana, spinach and PB aka peanut butter make this smoothie one awesome one indeed.

                        Coconutty Kale Smoothie

                          Spice up bland kale with tropical flavors of peach, banana, ginger, honey and coconut water for a healthy and delicious smoothie.

                          Simple Beginner Smoothie

                          Marry celery, banana, cucumber and pineapple for a simple and fulfilling smoothie that’s easy on the tongue.

                          A Smooth Mojito

                          Spinach, mint, lime, lemon, oranges and banana make this a yummy, filling and a healthy smoothie indeed.

                          Smoothie Bowl

                          If you want to eat your smoothie than drinking it then go for this green option with spinach, banana, dates, almond butter, and wheat grass powder.

                          Go Green

                          Kale and green grapes, you cannot get more green than this pleasing smoothie that’s as great as it is simple and healthy.

                          Vanilla Twist

                            Spinach married with honey, banana, lime juice, and vanilla make this green smoothie a super flavorful one.

                            Multi-Ingredient Detox Smoothie

                            How does pineapple juice, spinach, pear, apple, avocado, and broccoli florets sound? Healthy and surprisingly tasty too, in this smoothie that truly detoxifies and energizes you.

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                            Berry It Up

                              Frozen spinach, peanut butter, flax seed meal, mixed berries and banana go into this sweet, creamy smoothie that really fills you up.

                              Matcha Green Smoothie Bowl

                              For this green smoothie, you can use spinach, chard, or beet greens and then flavor up with matcha, mint, vanilla, protein powder and maple syrup.

                              Chocolate, Mint and Green Smoothie?

                                Avocado, baby spinach, mint and vanilla whey protein go into making this decadent smoothie, that might as well be dessert!

                                Brekkie in a Glass

                                Too tired to eat breakfast? Drink it up in this smoothie that combines oats, aloe vera juice, baby spinach and kale, cucumber, banana, and so much more… Can’t say no to this all-in-one green smoothie.

                                Peachy Kick Start

                                  Want to lose weight with a meal that’s green and in a glass? Well this peachy smoothie with Swiss chard, coconut water, cayenne pepper and more is perfect for that.

                                  We hope you enjoy these recipes – and have fun drinking them to be at your healthiest!

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                                  Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                  Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                  Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                  1. Exercise Daily

                                  It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                  If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                  Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                  If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                                  2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                  Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                  One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                  This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                  3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                  Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                  Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                  Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                  4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                  Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                  The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                  • Eat unprocessed foods
                                  • Eat more veggies
                                  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                  Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                    5. Watch Out for Travel

                                    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                    6. Start Slow

                                    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                    Final Thoughts

                                    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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