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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 October 15, 2018

                                  Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

                                  Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

                                  “Why am I so tired?” is a question that people ask themselves pretty frequently. Everyone gets tired at one point or another, particularly after something like an illness, a long night up with a sick child, or a busy week at work. When tiredness is persistent, however — when you feel tired as soon as you wake up in morning or when sleep doesn’t seem to help, no matter how much rest you get— it may often indicate a deeper, underlying problem.

                                  While there are a lot of possible reasons for tiredness, here’re some of the most common causes of fatigue:

                                  1. Dehydration

                                  If you want to boost your energy levels, first check whether you are dehydrated. The human brain is 85% water, and needs to maintain this level in order to perform its essential functions.

                                  If you fail to drink enough water, the brain extracts fluids from your blood to compensate for the deficit. As a result, the oxygen levels in your blood drop, reducing the amount of energising oxygen available to your organs and tissues. Fatigue and sleepiness set in rapidly, leaving you more vulnerable to the 2 pm post-lunch crash that many of us experience.

                                  You cannot cure this crash with caffeine – the only long-term, effective solution is to drink hydrating fluids throughout the day.

                                  2. Lack Of Exercise

                                  A workout will surely leave you feeling even more tired, right? Wrong! As counterintuitive as it may sound, physical activities have an energizing effect. Moving your body releases endorphins, increases your heart rate, and boosts your concentration.

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                                  Try to fit in at least 30 minutes of medium-intensity exercise every day. It’s easiest if you can make this part of our everyday routine, either as soon as you wake up or right after work.

                                  3. A Poor Diet

                                  The food you eat has a direct impact on sleep quality and the amount of rest you get every night. For maximum energy, stick to protein, slow-release carbohydrates, and a moderate amount of healthy (unsaturated) fats. The majority of your food should be plant-based, high in fiber, and low in sugar. These choices will prevent blood sugar fluctuations, which can leave you feeling exhausted.

                                  An easy way to make sure you stick to a good diet is through meal preparation. It’s easy to just get take-out when you’re tired after work, but if you have a meal ready for you in the fridge, you’ll be less tempted by pizza or cheese.

                                  Find out more about healthy meal prep here: 10 Meal Planning Apps You Need To Have To Get Healthier Easily

                                  4. Skipping Breakfast

                                  Physician Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan advises that eating breakfast is key to maintaining a good level of energy throughout the day. When you eat breakfast, you are sending calming signals to the areas of the brain responsible for avoiding danger, along with those that instruct the body to conserve as much energy as possible.

                                  Ingesting food signals to your brain that there is enough food available to ensure our survival. This encourages it to stay relaxed, which in turn, promotes restful sleep.

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                                  Some great ideas for a healthy, filling, and make-ahead breakfasts include overnight oats, smoothies, and freezer-friendly breakfast burritos.

                                  Or if meal-prepping isn’t your think, stock up on easy but healthy breakfast foods like multigrain cereal, yogurt, and fruit: 20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

                                  5. Poor Quality Of Sleep

                                  We all know that it’s important to wind down a couple of hours before bed. But did you know that it’s what you do throughout the day that promotes good-quality sleep? It’s not just about the number of hours you sleep, but how restful and deep that sleep is.

                                  TO feel rested, try to regulate your everyday routine to make your sleep deeper and better. Get up at a regular time in the morning to ensure that you get regular sunlight.

                                  Eat nutritious foods in moderate amounts, and make sure you stay hydrated. Go to bed at the same time. And before bedtime, avoid screens that can give off harmful blue light and also keep you stimulated when you need to prepare for a restful night.

                                  Read more about how to develop a routine that will get you better sleep: Poor Sleep Quality Comes from All the Things You Do Since Morning

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                                  6. Sleep Apnea (A Person’s Airways Get Blocked off While They Are Asleep)

                                  Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where a person’s airways get blocked off while they are asleep, causing their oxygen levels to drop while they are asleep. This often causes people to stop breathing at night and then to jerk themselves awake (this can happen over 30 times an hour).

                                  Because of this, people with sleep apnea can feel short of breath and have low energy levels. Mouthpieces and other devices to aid in breathing as well as the use of a special breathing machine to keep oxygen levels in a safe zone.

                                  If you feel tired all the time and think you might have sleep apnea, consulting with a doctor is important. Do a sleep study, as this can often reveal if there is an underlying problem causing your tiredness — and once a diagnosis is made, treatment to help you get your energy back begins.

                                  7. Depression

                                  Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States (and in many other countries of the world as well). It is marked by persistent feelings of sadness or unhappiness but has physical symptoms, too. Apart from fatigue, people may also experience changes in sleeping and eating habits and difficulty concentrating.

                                  Treatment can often center on anti-depressants, counselling and lifestyle changes like stress management to help manage this condition. You can take a look at these 15 Ways To Overcome Depression And Sadness.

                                  Many people also benefit from activities like yoga and meditation, which help regulate both the body and mind.

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                                  8. Hypothyroidism

                                  If a person has hypothyroidism, their thyroid gland does not produce adequate levels of these important hormones— and the result can be a persistent and unrelenting fatigue, even if someone is getting enough sleep. Other common symptoms of this disorder include mood swings, weight gain and feeling cold all the time.

                                  Fortunately, simple blood work can reveal if there is a problem and it can be treated with artificial thyroid hormone pills like Synthroid. Check here for signs of having a thyroid problem. If you suspect that you might have hypothyroidism, talk to your doctor.

                                  9. Anemia

                                  People with anemia are not able to make enough red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the their bodies. This is often due to a lack of nutrients like iron or B-12 and can be caused by problems such as heavy periods, bleeding in the digestive tract or pregnancy (due to the increased demands of the growing baby).

                                  However, in most cases, this can be resolved with treatments like changes in diet, iron supplements or B-12 shots.

                                  While here are some drinks you can try to relieve symptoms of Anemia, it’s best to do a blood test and consult your doctor in case of any hidden medical conditions.

                                  10. Cancer

                                  While you shouldn’t be freaking out about cancer just because you are tired, it is a fact that fatigue is one of the symptoms of cancer. Other common symptoms can include unexplained weight loss and the presence of palpable lumps or growths. This disease is marked by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells that can do damage to surround tissues and possibly spread to other parts of the body.

                                  Diagnosis is usually by biopsy and treatment often focusses on radiation, chemotherapy or surgery— and generally when a diagnosis is made early, the outcomes for the patient are better.

                                  Featured photo credit: Lily Banse via unsplash.com

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