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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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                                  How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                  How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                  We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                  We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                  So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                  Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                  What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                  Boundaries are limits

                                  —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                  Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                  Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                  Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                  Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                  How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                  Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                  1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                  Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                  You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                  To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                  You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                  • When do you feel disrespected?
                                  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                  • When do you want to be alone?
                                  • How much space do you need?

                                  You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                  2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                  Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                  Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                  3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                  Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                  That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                  Sample language:

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                                  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                  Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                  4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                  Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                  Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                  Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                  We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                  It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                  It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                  Final Thoughts

                                  Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                  Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                  Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                  The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                  Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                  Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                  They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                                  Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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