Most mornings in the Serbinski house start with the roar of a Vitamix blender and the cheers of a toddler. “Smoothie Time” has become a morning ritual for my guys thanks to an awesome blender and the recipes/concoctions Ted dreams up. While I turn my nose at most of the smoothies they make, Dad and Joey can’t get enough. If Mom decides to participate in the smoothie making action, there’s one ingredient I always include: dark, leafy greens.
What’s in a Green Smoothie?
Something green of course! We typically use dark leafy greens [kale, spinach, swiss chard, bok choy, etc.] and this fancy formula to make smoothies- no matter what color they turn after blending.
Green smoothies are packed with all kinds of good-for-you stuff, such as fiber, calcium and Vitamin C. Do your kids turn their nose up at the taste of leafy greens? It’s ok. Lots of adults do too! Green smoothies make a great alternative for getting those leafy greens in your diet. While smoothies are a great way to eat more fruits and vegetables, I don’t suggest you use smoothies as a meal replacement; but rather a meal enhancement.
10 Healthy Green Smoothie Recipes
Since this blog is ran by Mom [the hesitant smoothie drinker], I polled some of my registered dietitian pals and asked for their favorite, easy green smoothie recipes. I’ve also included a few of Ted and Joey’s favorites too!
Joey’s Favorite: kale, vanilla Greek yogurt, milk, a Granny Smith apple, and cucumber
Ted’s Green Machine: parsley, romaine lettuce, chia seeds, cucumber, and almond milk
Other Green Smoothie Resources:
If you are a smoothie aficionado, what’s your favorite combination using dark leafy greens?