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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 December 13, 2018

                                  12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

                                  12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

                                  Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

                                  A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

                                  1. Eat Before Heading Out

                                  First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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                                  2. Select The Treats

                                  Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

                                  3. Avoid Skipping Meals

                                  Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

                                  4. Drink With Moderation

                                  It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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                                  5. Be Active

                                  You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

                                  6. Get Out Of The House

                                  Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

                                  7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

                                  Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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                                  8. Set Realistic Goals

                                  You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

                                  9. Enjoy Yourself

                                  Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

                                  10. Drink A Lot Of Water

                                  This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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                                  11. Eat Less And More Often

                                  Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

                                  12. Prioritize Your Workouts

                                  Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

                                  So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

                                  Happy Holidays everyone!

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