All about Green Drinks 101

The thought of eating vegetables can be gag-worthy to some…

But the idea of DRINKING your vegetables can sound just down right repulsive.

If you would have asked me 5 years ago to drink a green smoothie I would have laughed in your face than had nightmares for 6 months after that. They are down right scary.

Oddly enough, not only do I now eat my veggies, but I drink tons of them too. Trust me. I gots me lots a friends….(And good Engrish too…)

And if somebody asked me what is ONE thing they could do differently to adapt a healthier eating lifestyle, I would beg them to drink a green smoothie everyday. It’s the one thing that I believe can have a major impact on your diet and change the way you feel.

But what exactly are the benefits of drinking green?

Improved digestive system

Better energy

Opportunity to give your body nutrients it most likely wouldn’t receive on a regular basis

Being able to eat raw veggies(w/o a cup of ranch dressing on the side.)

-Weight loss

-Fight off sickness

-Sleep improvement

-Rid your body of toxins

-Essential vitamins, nutrients, and minerals

-Helps your kids (and hubby’s!) get their veggies

-Fast to make AND healthy!

The list goes on and on….

But sometimes the benefits are not enough to convince somebody to drink green. Sure it’s good for you, but is it really worth stomaching something that can taste so freak nastay?

That’s where your wrong my friends…Because I am here to tell you I have never tried a green drink I didn’t like.(And trust me…I’ve had my fair share of green drink varieties.) With the right ingredients, knowledge, and helpful perks, green drinks can taste more like a regular smoothie(even a dessert one) without even noticing the hint of any vegetables!

First, let’s start with the veggies:

Spinach is an obvious choice when it comes to drinking greens. It’s a very mild tasting green, so a lot of people love to use it. On top of that, it’s a familiar ingredient. People are scared of it, but not too scared since they know a little bit about it. I think spinach is a GREAT green to add in smoothies, but I think sometimes we get stuck in a rut of ONLY using spinach. There are SO many other veggies out there that have different types of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that our bodies need.

Here are my favorite veggies to use as of right now:

Spinach

Kale (no stems, just leaves. Stems are stanky!)

Rainbow and Green Chard

Collard Greens

Dandelion Greens (Just a little, it can tend to me strong)

Mustard Greens (just a little, it kind of has a kick.)

Cucumbers

Carrots

Beets

Avocados

Pumpkin Puree

*Remember to wash your greens to get rid of dirt and yucky stuff! (Yes, I said yucky. So professional.)

And to store greens properly, I just wash them, dry, and then put them in labeled zip lock bags with a paper towel.

Perfect for portioning sizes for smoothies and what not!

Next Step: Add your fruit!

Veggies aren’t the only thing that you can add to your green drink. I especially love adding fruit!

Fruit is a great way to add a natural sweetness to your drink, giving it a ‘smoothie’ like taste, and hiding the taste of some of those veggies. Not too mention fruit is another great way to get in some extra goodness like antioxidants and fiber!

Here is some of my top fruits to add in smoothies. And fruit will do, it just depends on your liking. For more tropical flavors choose things like mangos, oranges, pineapples, etc…

Bananas (GREAT sweetener! Also does well hiding those veggies!)

Cherries

Strawberries

Blueberries

Blackberries

Raspberries

Mangos

Pears

Pineapples

Peaches

Orange Juice (Fresh squeezed)

Pomegranates

Grapes

Apples

Next, give that smoothie some VA VA- VOOM!

Here is where you can go above and beyond a strawberry banana smoothie, and move onto a sweet almond cherry coconut bliss smoothie. The world is your…green drink? That made no sense, but are you catching my drift? There are many little things we can add to our green drinks to give them that extra flair that will make them more desirable to drink. No one ever said no to a chocolate PB drink! And if they did, well then…I’m speechless. :-)

Here are some things to add to those green drinks to give them some extra OOMPH!

Nut Butters (Almond Butter, Peanut Butter, Walnut Butter, Sunflower Butter…etc. Great source of protein and healthy fats!)

Nuts (Don’t have the butta’, then just throw in a few nuts!)

Cocoa Powder (Chocolate…Heck yes!)

Carob Powder

Oatmeal (Bring on the hearty breakfast grains!)

Almond Extract

Vanilla Extract

Spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger)

Mint Leaves

Basil Leaves

Coconut Milk

Orange Juice (If you combine coconut milk and Oj, you get a creamsicle taste!)

Cocoa nibs

Dark chocolate chips

PB pong balls or Fudge Balls or S’more Balls

Apple Butter

Pumpkin Butter

Lemon, Lime

Ginger

Don’t forget those added bonus:

Every green drink needs those few added bonuses that will boost their nutrient value even more!

Here are my favorite little added bonuses:

Chia Seeds

Ground Flax seeds

Protein Powder (I love to use a plant based protein powder. My favorite brand is Sun Warrior!)

Choice of Liquid (whether it be non dairy milk, reg. milk, water, etc.)

Lastly if needed, add a sweetener.

I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t usually need a sweetener, especially if I have loaded it with fruit. But the more stronger tasting veggies like beets, I tend to add a little bit to sweeten the drink to my liking.

Here are my favorite go-to natural sweeteners:

100% Pure Maple Syrup

Agave Nectar

Raw Honey

Dates

Stevia

So where to begin?

Start simple. Add ingredients you are familiar with, and slowly each time add in different things to get used to. You will adjust smoothies to your taste buds preferences, and in time find what is right for you!

Here are a few recipes to get you started!

 Beginners Green Drink

1 C. non diary milk

2 C. spinach

1 frozen banana

1 TB. Chia Seeds

1 tsp. Sweetener of choice

1tsp. vanilla

Ice

Optional: Peanut Butter

 Tropical Cream Green Drink

1/2 C. fresh OJ

1/2 C.-1 C. coconut milk

1 C. spinach

1 C. kale

1 frozen banana

1/2 c. frozen pineapple, mango, or peaches

1 tsp. vanilla

2 TB. coconut flakes

ice

Red Velvet Smoothie

1 C. non dairy milk

1 medium beet peeled, steamed, and chopped

1/3 c. frozen raspberries, cherries, or strawberries

1 frozen banana

4 TB. cocoa powder

4 pitted dates

1 TB. chia seeds

2 tsp. sweetener of choice

1 tsp. vanilla

ice

PICTURE

Green Smoothies are great for breakfast! Baby Boo has one pretty much every morning, it’s her favorite thing to have!

Here is a typical smoothie for Boo. It’s loaded with healthy fats, protein, greens, and tons of vitamins and minerals!!

Princess Bliss Avocado Green Smoothie

1 C. milk of choice (I used coconut-from a carton, not a can.)

1 frozen banana

1/2 frozen avocado

1/2 c. kale

1/4 c. oats

1/4 c. vanilla yogurt (soy or reg.)

1 TB. Chia seeds

1 TB. almond butter

1 tsp. vanilla

1 TB. maple syrup (Boo really doesn’t need a sweetener because she can’t tell the difference, but for older kids you could add a little more than 1 TB.)

ice

Then this morning for breakfast the three of us split this smoothie:

My husband said it was the BEST smoothie he has ever had…And trust me, those words don’t always come out of his mouth…

SHOCKER! :-)

Chocolatey Chocolate Green Smoothie

1 c. milk of choice

handful spinach

handful kale

handful chard

1/4 c. dandelion greens (just the leaves)

1 frozen banana

handful frozen cherries

4 spoonfuls cocoa powder

2 TB. almond butter

1 TB. chia seeds

2 TB. agave nectar

2 c. ice

A lot of times I make more than enough smoothie, so I just freeze the extra in an ice cube tray and use them for another day! That way, when I am in a hurry I just throw some in a blender with some milk and voila!

Whew! That was a LONG post! Don’t be afraid to try a green drink! If anything, you won’t regret the way it will make you feel on a regular basis. :-)

For additional recipes, just go to my recipes tab underneath the header and click on green drinks!

Have a great day!! :-)

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Comments

  1. Love this post! It’s so weird, but now ever smoothie I drink had a green tint. it really does do wonders for the digestive system ;)

    My favorite add-in is sweet potato. Avocado is a close second though. And the almond extract! It almost gives it a cookie dough flavor. (If an “outsider” were reading this, they would probably think I have the most jacked up taste buds ever.)

  2. I used to make green smoothies all the time but kind of fell out of it. I think I’ll start up again. Plus this helps with knowing what to put in them without them tasting horrible! Thanks

  3. Karen says:

    Love the post…thank you! I’ve been doing green smoothies for about a month now and am TOTALLY HOOKED. I feel soooo much better…and if I’m away from home for a couple days I actually start to crave them (which is pretty impressive from a girl that hates having different foods even touching each other on my dinner plate).
    Anyway…I have a couple questions. All of the smoothie “recipes” I find, everyone seems to have banana in them. I have desperately TRIED to like this fruit….even tolerate it…. because I know its so good for you….but I just can’t stomach it. So….
    1. What is a good banana alternative to sub into smoothie recipes that call for it to get the same texture/consistency?
    2. What else can I add to a smoothie that will give me the same potassium as a banana would?
    Thanks!

    • Arielle says:

      haha my brother was the SAME way! if anything on his plate touched he wouldn’t eat it! :_)
      And I always add bananas in my smoothies because they mask the taste really well of some of the veggies. A lot of smoothies, if they have like cocoa powder or other fruit, you can’t even taste the banana. But otherwise, I would add more fruit of something else to help with the sweetness. You can also increase the sweetener. Mangos puree kind of like bananas, but those have a really strong flavor. Maybe try half a banana with a bunch of other fruit and you won’t notice! :-) As for foods with potassium, I have heard dates/raisins/apricots/prunes have them, as well as things like avocados and nuts and seeds! :-)

    • jacqui crown says:

      Hello, I have just started on smoothies and I must say I am totally hooked. I would just like to suggest
      pawpaw or papaya if bananas aint your thing. I dont think they have the same properties but they are good for stretching your smoothie out.

    • Kimberly says:

      If you add avocado to your smoothie, that would give you the same consistency as the banana.

      • Arielle says:

        Great Idea Kimberly! It wouldn’t give you the same sweetness as a banana would, but it would definitely be a great consistency, along with a great boost of healthy fats! :)

  4. Tine says:

    I’ve never tried green smoothies but I will do now. Thanks for the information, tips and recipes!

  5. Oh yum! I keep my green smoothies simple, but the red velvet one looks great. Now if only I could find someone to make it for me…

  6. Oh you KNOW I wanted you to post this for so long, it’s exactly what I need to get started! I’ve had your green drink pinned on my Pinterest board for so long for something to start eating. Especially in warmer months I drink a smoothie for breakfast every day – what better way to start off than a refreshing smoothie – but it’s always been fruit and protein powder only. Can’t wait to change it up a bit and reap the health benefits!

    • Arielle says:

      It’s definitely cooler outside, so drinking a smoothie makes it worse! :-) But I still drink them anyways. I am one of those people that like ice cream when it’s raining :-)!

      • OK Ari, so I tried one! This morning for breakfast I made your Beginners Green Drink, subbing my daily tbsp of flaxseeds instead of the chia. I also added the peanut butter. I cringed, saw how green it was, refused to look into the glass, dared myself to take a sip, fully expecting to throw it out and get on with a different breakfast, and…voila! It was good! I loved it!

        Didn’t taste the spinach AT all. I added agave to sweeten it which hopefully I can cut out over time but for my first one I wasn’t taking any chances ;). It tasted like a creamy peanut, banana-y smoothie. It was really good, and I was also able to add in a tbsp of this Omega 3-6-9 oil my naturopath wants me to have every day which I don’t like the taste of. Couldn’t taste that at all! Thanks so much for getting me onto this!

  7. Heidi says:

    I reeeeaally wish I could motivate people around me to just try green smoothies. My kids love them, and I can’t get enough but somehow everyone else is totally grossed out when I cram a handful of spinach in my smoothie and they don’t believe me when I tell them it doesn’t taste any different. One day maybe my extended family will try them :D They really are so good for you. It’s one thing I can add to my diet and actually FEEL a difference. Thanks for all the ideas/recipes :D

  8. This is awesome! I love the energy green smoothies give me. I’m kinda a scared to use kale though… I made a banana blueberry kale smoothie once and it tasted like dog turds. And I like my green smoothies! Maybe I added too much the first time?? I’ll give it a go again cause I have kale on hand and I love green smoothies.

    How’d you get your hubby to start liking them? Mine is on full resistance if he sees green.

    • Arielle says:

      kale is really strong, but the stems are what give it that nasty taste…so I always just do the leaves. As long as you have a good amount of fruit(even a banana), maybe some Orange juice…it can taste really good!

      As for my hubby, I just slowly gave him sips of mine every so often, and eventually he started liking them. Now, he knows he has to drink one because he will most likely have something unhealthy for lunch or dinner.. lol!

  9. Gorgeous drinks! So many choices, so many beautiful pics :)

  10. I love this informative post on green smoothies! And your pics are gorgeous as always….do you use a lighting kit btw???

    I need to try that beet smoothie! And boos fav looks amazing too! I think it’s a great way to get greens in kids!!!!

  11. leanor says:

    I’m going to have to try these. Do you suppose a regular blender will do the trick? I know you like your vitamix but I don’t have one…yet…

    • Arielle says:

      Oh yes please do!
      haha and I love the ‘yet’ part. You do not need a vitamix, but of coarse using one gives it a more creamy feel to it in no time flat! with a regular blender it might require more liquid and some moving of some ingredients every so often to get it to blend. Might take a little bit longer than a vitamix would, but totally worth it! :-)

  12. Lauren says:

    I definitely want to try green smoothies! What is an appropriate portion size? Is it a meal replacement?

    • Arielle says:

      I can really drink a whole blender of a green smoothie, and it fills me right up! But you can definitely use it as a meal replacement, or make a smaller one for a snack. it’s really up to you! If it makes too much, I always freeze extra in ice cube trays and save it for other days! :-)

  13. seriously I think you are our long lost sister!!! we love how much you love green smoothies and aren’t afraid of using different greens!!! ya spinch is great but like you said there are so many other great greens that need mroe attention in smoothies too :)

  14. Robin says:

    Ok, you have officially inspired me. I’ve made smoothies with spinach and love them, but last night I figured I’d be adventurous and buy some kale (it’s cheaper too!). This morning I made my green drink with the kale, oats, vanilla almond milk, vanilla extract, fresh squeezed OJ, a banana, and frozen strawberries. I can’t even taste the kale!!! I love it!!!! Thanks for all this great info! :)

  15. Ashley says:

    This is an awesome post! I usually stay pretty balanced as far as eating veggies/salads, and when I’m pregnant I start to crave veggies when I’m not getting them as often as I should. This is a great way to satisfy my sweet cravings combined with veggies. I just made my first green smoothie ever with your advice from this post and it was awesome! Love your blog by the way!
    -Ashley

    • Arielle says:

      oh yea Ashley! That is so awesome that you crave veggies! When I was pregnant I craved pizza and milkshakes, it was horrible! haha
      And so glad you tried a green smoothie and liked it! I have one everyday, even when it is cold…they are too addicting!
      And your little boy is getting so big! Such a cutie! :-)

  16. Sarah says:

    I don’t even know how I came upon your blog today but I am really inspired by this post! Thank you for the long descriptions, recipes and gorgeous photos!
    Our son will mostly eat only white or yellow food (bread, cereal, pasta, cheese sticks, corn, etc.) And my husband pretty much only eats Romaine in a salad, no fruit, and few other veggies.
    If I can sneak the veggies into a smoothie (maybe I would call them milkshakes?!) then perhaps I can get more vitamins into those two!
    I am looking forward to getting some greens and giving this a try over the weekend! I have many of the other ingredients on hand.

    • Arielle says:

      Hey Sarah! I know how it is! All those easy simple snacks kids love are just SO hard to break habbit…and it is even harder to get them to eat things that are good for them, especially when they love the other stuff. Green smoothies are life savers! perfect for picky husbands too! :-)

  17. Alice says:

    I had been meaning to try a green smoothie for months now, and this post inspired me to finally do it! I loved it and am already looking forward to making another one! Thanks :)

    • Arielle says:

      Way to go Alice!! What kind of green smoothie was it?! Trust me…they are So addicting! If I don’t have one every day I get sad :( haha! Good Job my friend, I am so proud of you! :-)

      • Alice says:

        Just spinach and banana – a bit tame, I know. I was planning to add peanut butter and cocoa powder but it tasted so good without that I didn’t bother. I will be more adventurous next time! :)

  18. Cindy says:

    I copied down a couple of the drink recipes. I have been wanting to start incorporating green drinks into my daily food plan. Of course I chose the chocolate with cherries, it just happens to be one of my favorite combos and it is so delish!

    I raw juice fast for 10 days every two months and I am having great success. Doing this to lose weight… obesity has been in my family for generations and I was not like this until I got very ill and had to take medications that caused me to balloon to over 300 pounds. I dropped about 30 once I was off the meds, but there I have sat for years. No diet worked, until raw juicing… Now I am tweeking the program to help me to maintain what I lose in the the 10 day fast. I gained some of it back, mostly because of the Thanksgiving meal thing… not doing that ever again! So… I am loving this drink… can not get over just how good it tastes. Mine does not look like the picture because I added too much in the way of greens, so it is a dark brownish green color… doesn’t bother me at all though. I know my friends will comment… what are you DRINKING!!! LOL!!!

  19. Monica says:

    Great post. Extremely informative. Beautiful pictures. We will link to this every chance that we get!!

    Thanks
    LittleGreenSmoothie.com

  20. Brynn says:

    My 1 year old little girl and I split your Bliss smoothie this morning and she loved it! Thanks for all your awesome ecipes! I can’t wait to try out more. I’m going to try and drink one everyday, and I’m sure my little girl will want some of those too! Lol
    Keep up the awesome work!

    • Arielle says:

      Awe thanks so much Brynn!! So glad you guys were able to share :-)! I am super excited for your green drinks every day!! :-) Keep up the good work!

  21. Lily says:

    I am a newby to green smoothies, but have no trouble making them without sweeteners! It is harder without bananas, which I try to avoid. But I’ve found pineapple to be perfect. I do have a question, that might sound stupid. Is it necessary to use frozen fruit? I can’t stand brain freezes (wuss) and my teeth are sensitive (ok now I’m just whining), but I’m worried that the frozen aspect might be helping to cover up some of the veggie taste. So if I don’t use frozen fruit, will it taste worse? And I love this post! Now I’m going to get more adventurous with my veggie choices… I’ve only stuck to spinach so far.

    • Arielle says:

      Hey Lily!! Congrats on trying green smoothies, and you are a super star for not using sweeteners! It all depends on preference when it comes to smoothies, and whether or not to use frozen fruit. I love smoothies cold, thick, and ice cream like..but some like them thinner, and just a little cold. Using frozen fruit only makes them colder and thicker…so really it’s all what you like. You definitely can use non frozen fruit, but I would suggest them to be at least cold/refrigerated, because a warm or luke warm green drink wouldn’t taste that good…in my opinion :-)! Hope that helps, and happy green drink making!! :-)

  22. Lea says:

    Love these recipes. Legit can’t wait to try them

  23. Jina says:

    Hey I just found this thru pinterest… I’m intrigued. I have never attempted to put any sort of vegetable in a blender before. Can someone tell me though, do you have to have a really awesome blender like a vitamix to make these kinds of smoothies? Will a regular blender make them?

  24. I came across your blog a few days ago and absolutely love this green smoothie post! I started making green smoothies a couple of years ago, but have not ventured far from my basic spinach, frozen banana, almond milk + frozen berries smoothie. I’m pumped to try out some of your recipes and tips! Thanks :)

  25. Amy Griffith says:

    LOVE this download of all things green shake. You inspired my sister-in-law to write to me with this link that she was inspired by in learning more about the infamous green shake she hears me recommend to clients. THANKS FOR THIS COMPREHENSIVE POST! :)

  26. Janine says:

    What blender do you use? I am super sensitive to texture of smoothies…

    • Arielle says:

      I have a vitamix blender. What texture do you prefer?

      • Janine says:

        I was afraid you would say that. I have been covetting that blender for ages now. I have a magic bullet right now.

        • Arielle says:

          I used a magic bullet the first time I started making green drinks! :-) They are awesome, especially for their non expensive price! And they make the perfect serving sizes! I still use mine today for quick smoothies for my daughter because I don’t want to dirty a huge blender…so don’t worry. You don’t need an expensive blender, the bullet works just fine. :-)

          • Kris says:

            This website is just so amazing! I could never ever before drink green smoothies. Simply couldn’t imagine they could actually taste…But today I tried the Beginners Green Smoothie. Substituted the spinach for lamb’s lettuce and the result tasted unexpectedly fresh, sweet and vanilla-y…
            So I stucked my fridge with greens today (my husband looked worried that he would eat nothing but salad during the week -hahaha). Tomorrow I’ll make the Tropical Orange Green Smoothie!

  27. Cathy says:

    Hi! Love these and will try them! But is there a printer friendly version? This takes up way too much paper to print just the recipes. :-) Thank you!

  28. Denise says:

    Thanks for the post! I’ve been a vegetarian for over 15 years (28 now) and have never tried a green smoothie, although I have always loved vegetable juices (and normal smoothies, obviously). Now I really want to try these! Maybe a stupid question, but how do you dry those greens and how long can you keep them before they go bad? Thank you!

    • Arielle says:

      Hi Denise!! I am so excited you want to try green smoothies!!
      Keeping the greens fresh and clean is simple. I usually buy all my greens at once and wash them all as soon I get home and dry them in a salad spinner. Then I place them in a plastic bag with a paper towel in them to soak up the moisture. They usually keep for a week, and some greens a little more! Hope that helps!!

      • Denise says:

        Hi Arielle,

        I finally tried my first green smoothie today! I tried your red velvet one, it tasted really good! I couldn’t locate fresh beets so I used sliced beets from a jar (washed them first since they store them in vinegar etc.) and I did not really know how much to add since they were beet slices ;) I also believe I overdid it a bit with the cacao, next time less cacao! But the first attempt was great, tomorrow I will try the Avocado one :) Do you have any green smoothie tips using green apples? Thank you!

  29. alyssa says:

    My gym makes the most wonderful green protein smoothie ever, but i’ve always wanted to try it on my own… thank goodness for this blog! I made my first green smoothie and loved the taste, but it had a somewhat grainy consistency… is there anything I can do to change that?

    • Arielle says:

      Yea so happy for you!! What were the ingredients in the smoothie? Not sure what would make it grainy, but it could be because it wasn’t blended all the way, or depending on the ingredients which could have something to do with it too.

      • alyssa says:

        I used almond milk, spinach, cucumber, banana, and half an apple…. now that I’m thinking about it though, I think it might have been the apple’s texture!

  30. Catt says:

    OMG! THANK YOU SO MUCH! I appreciate this post so much!!!!

  31. Anna says:

    Question – when you say that you freeze the leftover smoothie in ice cube trays so that you can quick blend them later with a little milk, how much milk do you use? Or do you just add it a little at a time until it is the right consistency? My daughter will be starting school in the Fall and I know I am going to need something quick & easy in the morning to eat during our commute and I want to make sure that I am getting as much of my fruit and veggie servings as I can in :)

    • Arielle says:

      I usually just add until the right consistency! So glad you will be drinking green drinks in the morning! :) Great way to start the day!

  32. Johanna says:

    I am so happy I stumbled upon this. Now I am a smoothie making woman. The only thing I don’t add is milk. I substitued greek yogurt for it and the vanilla is like a sweetner. Also, happy about finding out how to store the veggies. Now they last way longer. I’ve only used veggies and fruit, now I want to try adding cocoa powder and peanut butter. Thanks again. This was really informative.

  33. ReesePayne says:

    C’mon!!!! Your red velvet smoothie is to die for. Truly a red velvet cupcake in smoothie form. I have been loving your website. I’m making a ton of your recipes and am truly enjoying eatting vegan. I have a new baby (3 months old). Breast feeding shed almost all of the baby weight but I’m shooting to loose an extra 20 to 30 lbs. I thought training for a marathon would certainly do it. After training for almost 4 weeks and logging 20 miles a week, I am sad to say that my newly muscular butt and legs are still covered by the same layer of fat and I haven’t shed a single pound. Did I mention I haven’t changed my crappy diet. That’s where your website comes in. I’m changing the way I eat and I’m loving all of the food. I’ll keep you posted on my success. Thanks for being my inspiration.

  34. ReesePayne says:

    Do you know why I can’t pin some of your pics on pinterest?.

  35. Ellaine says:

    I love your site, I am pretty new to juicing and haven’t really tried the smoothie thing yet. However, after checking out these delicious looking smoothies I am making a trip to the market tomorrow!!

    Just one question though, I know you said you wash the veggies and then keep them in a ziplock bag with a napkin, but do you keep it out or in the fridge? How long do they usually last?

    • Arielle says:

      I am so excited for you to try smoothies! You are going to love them! :)
      As for the greens, I keep them in the fridge and they last about a week. Usually by the end of the week I have used up all of the greens, so it works out great!
      Good luck to you, and keep me posted on how you like them!

  36. Molly says:

    Just a couple of suggestions- Add SORREL. It’s a tart green that was MADE FOR SMOOTHIES and came down from the heavens. It’s a perennial so you can harvest it over and over and not have to buy it (major plus in my book)! Also, we have milk sensitivities in our house and I don’t like to add juices like apple, grape or whatever. Try kombucha. This summer especially, it has been so hot that my kombucha needs to be bottled every 2-4 days and that’s sooo much more than we can use. Kombucha adds a nice tartness to the smoothie without people going “oh, there’s grape in there” and it doesn’t water the smoothie down. It’s a great add-in liquid not to mention FULL of beneficial goodies that make your smoothie that much better!!!

    Thanks for all of your great smoothie ideas. I get into a rut with the same stuff and this was a nice little kick-starter for some new ideas. :)

  37. Julie says:

    Have you ever used frozen spinach and frozen kale instead of fresh? If so, how much do you put in?

    • Arielle says:

      I have! I usually just kind of eyeball, but around 1 c. of fresh spinach equals 1/4c-1/2c frozen so I will put around that amount. Hope that helps!

  38. Elise says:

    What type of blender do you recommend??

    • Arielle says:

      You can use any regular blender. I have a green smoothie video, posted in my video section, and in it I use a standard blender to make the green smoothie. I do own a vitamix though, and would recommend that to anyone! :)

  39. Carmen says:

    Oh my gosh Ari I love your green drinks they have absolutely changed my life! I don’t feel right when I don’t have them everyday. I’m like a green drink weirdo telling everyone I know about your blog and the benefits of healthy smoothies! Since I have changed the way I eat I have lost 25 lbs my skin looks amazing, my energy is through the roof and it’s super easy too! I’ve been in the beauty business my entire career and healthy eating, is the foremost most important ingredient in looking good and staying young!

    • Arielle says:

      WOW!!! I am so proud of you and happy to hear that!! Thanks for sharing this with me, and it’s so true! What you eat can really show on the outside!!

  40. Michelle says:

    Thanks for such detail in your post. This is super helpful for a newbie juicer!

  41. Sylwia says:

    I’ve been making my green smoothies for over a week now and I feel great. I have this nasty super healthy multivitamin and probiotic green powder that I can’t stomach, which I started adding to my smoothies and it’s almost completely unnoticeable. I’ve also been adding a tablespoon of coconut oil to the smoothies. You have to be a bit careful though and blend for a while, otherwise you may get a mouthful of it, which is not the tastiest thing in the world.
    I also want to say that I appreciate all the recipes and I can’t wait to try beets and chocolate together! Please do share more if you have.

  42. Deanna says:

    I’ve been drinking green drinks for over 6 years now and in that time I have not been sick…not even the sniffles. For me, they are easier to drink when they are the consistency of water. I use kale, spinach, dandelion, apple or apple juice, apple cider vinegar, Udo’s oil, fresh ginger, cucumber, celery,and ground flax-seed. By using a Vitamix, there are no chunks and it is like drinking fresh tasting water. I fill my reusable bottles and take it to work. The Vitamix blends so well that the ground flax-seed is necessary for fiber.

  43. John says:

    I am off to Whole Foods in the AM with grocery list in hand. I have been thinking about this for some time and after reading you Blog. I’m ready to make a change and give it a try. I’ll just keep the cloths pin handy for my nose, and if all goes well maybe the wife will follow suit.Thanks for the great recipes and info.

  44. Eve says:

    I just started back to making green drinks. I throw everything I have in the frig into my Vitamix and end up with about 2 quarts of mix. I take one with me in the morning and refrigerate the rest for the next day. I use a lot of kale, parsley, spinach, arugula, cucumber, peppers, banana, and any other fruit I have on hand. I add protien powder, chia seeds, flaxseed. I also add green powder which tastes horrible in any other liquid but is masked in green juice.. I’ve never used avocado tho – silly question now -do you peel the avocado? Love this site. Just found it. ????

    • Arielle says:

      Hi Eve! LOVE that you are making green drinks, you are just so on top of it and doing a great job! Keep up the good work! Not a silly question at all about how to peel an avocado. just cut the avocado in half, working around the center ball, and when it’s open scoop out the flesh! :)

  45. DD2 says:

    I would like to store my Green Smoothie in a fridge, can i use water bottle that i use when i`m training,. got 3 of them,. :D

  46. Nicole says:

    These recipes look amazing. How many servings does this make?

    Thanks!

  47. Kaytie says:

    Since you used a bullet before you started with a vitamix, how do I get a smoother texture?! My smoothies are soooo thick and unpleasant. Even if I get the flavour right, the texture makes it completely disgusting. I end up forcing it down in order to get the nutrients in and get rid of the nasty smoothie.

    • Arielle says:

      Hi Kaytie!
      With the bullet I find that you may have to cut in the recipe in half since it’s a smaller blender and not as powerful. If it’s too thick, adding more liquid definitely helps to thin it out. Hope that helps!

  48. Tara says:

    Okay, I am so excited to try some of these recipes! We do a green smoothie most mornings, but I usually keep them pretty simple. I LOVE avocado, but have been too much of a wuss to try them in smoothies so far. It just sounds so gross to me, even though I know all the other veggies I’ve tried have been great in smoothies! I’m thinking I will suck it up and try one of your recipes with avocado this week!

    • Arielle says:

      You are so sweet Tara! I was skeptical of trying avocado too, but as long as you have the right ingredients for the smoothie, it can taste amazing! I hope you try it! :)

  49. Karen says:

    It all sounds great with the benefits from this green drink……for the first couple of days do you have problems with bowels and havein’ the “Boot scootin’ boogies”

    • Arielle says:

      haha you are so cute Karen! I would say yes and no :). It all depends on your system, how it reacts to certain things, and also what is currently in your system. If it’s full of junk and other stuff, it might clean you out a little bit :). But it shouldn’t have you running to find the nearest bathroom :)

  50. Julie Schilling says:

    I suffer from Oral Allergy Syndrome and the allergy shots didn’t work- so I have to avoid some of the best things for smoothies (used to be able to eat these fruits/veggies raw and now can only have them cooked) Has anyone tried cooking banana or avocado and then using in a smoothie? Just curious because I can’t eat either raw….nor any melons or tomatoes to name a few…
    Thanks for your thoughts/ideas in advance! (I did see one for sweet potato that has a thicker consistency and masks the sharper tastes of some greens)

    • Arielle says:

      Hi Julie!
      You could definitely cook the banana or avocado a little and then freeze it after it has cooled to use it in your smoothies. Sweet potato is sweet, but I don’t know how well it would do covering up greens. You may also try applesauce, mangos, and pineapples. Those are super sweet!

  51. Becky says:

    Wow!!! I just heard about Dr. Oz’s Green Drink from a friend today and was out’n’about looking up information. Your blog is *fantastic* and has so many great tips just right here. I’ve bookmarked it and tomorrow is shopping day–so we’ll be taking along some of the recipes you provided. :)

    I’m looking forward to smoothies that are actually Better for us, but still tasty. I realize they won’t be Starbucks-Sweet, but… not like drinking a plain ol’ V8 either!

    Again, thank you for the time you put into this and sharing with everyone. :D

    • Becky says:

      Oh… and I meant to ask… how long do you find that the veggies tend to keep in the fridge? We’re still new-ish to regularly having fresh veggies around partly because we were always afraid they’d just go bad before we remembered them. XD

    • Arielle says:

      So glad to hear this Becky! I have tried Dr. Oz’s Green drink and it’s delicious! I’m excited to hear how things are going for you! As for the veggies in the fridge, I usually keep them for about a week. They usually are gone after that anyways since I don’t buy too many at a time. Good luck and can’t wait to hear how things are going!

  52. Jennifer says:

    Might be a silly question but what do you use for cocoa powder? The unsweetened kind for baking? Hot chocolate kind for drinking? Thanks!

  53. Sharlee says:

    I made your chocolate cherry green drink this AM. My first green drink EVER. I am on the inflammation elimination diet that does not allow you to drink your calories, but I have found that I am not getting enough veggies and I had to do something drastic. I have to say, for my first green drink EVER, I am soooooooooo HAPPY!!!!!! We loved it!!!!!! And it fit all the proportion ratios that are required on the diet and I feel sooooooo encouraged that I have found a good way to get some really good greens in us. Thank you thank you thank you! I am looking forward to trying your others.

  54. Jessica says:

    Thanks for helping me to get started! I have been drinking this drink call a wellness drink. I would like to start making it at home but don’t know how much of each to put in any thoughts here are the ingredient:

    Green grapes, green apple, pineapple, orange, lime, wheat grass, kale, spinach, collard greens, ginger, flax seed.

    • Arielle says:

      Hi Jessica!
      Any type of fruit/veggie, I would say 1 c. is a good start. For greens you could do 2 c. Things like flax seeds & ginger would require just a little amount. Flax seeds would be a couple TB, and ginger would be under 1 tsp.

  55. Andrea Milne says:

    I. LOVE. THIS. POST. Thank you. I actually just stole an image from this page for my post on “Smoothie Hacks” over at The Six Million Dollar Scholar. Don’t worry… I attributed the image to you, and made sure anybody who hits up my page will show yours a little love as well.

    I’ve just started using smoothies as a way to get healthy, lose weight, AND reduce my grocery bill (I’m a starving PhD student making under a living wage). This post has been a huge help to me as I build my smoothie expertise. And hey, I’ve lost about ten pounds in the past month!

    Thanks a lot… and congrats on the bun in the oven!

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