When you hear the word green smoothie, what do you think of?
Most of the time, people imagine a glass of green-colored juice. They start thinking of juices made with green ingredients, like granny smith apples, celery, grapes, and kale. Some people will even cringe at the thought of it. Even though green smoothies are a lot more popular these days than say, ten years ago, there are still a lot of people who “eat with their eyes,” and refuse to eat, OR drink, anything green.
One of the beauties of green smoothies, though, is that they don’t necessarily have to look green. Let me repeat that. Green smoothies don’t have to look green. In fact, Will and I make plenty of green smoothies that are chocolatey brown, bright red, or dark purple!
“Well, then that’s not a green smoothie!” some might say. Unbeknownst to them, these smoothies we make still have leafy vegetables hidden away in them. So if you have any picky eaters at home who can’t get past the green color in the glass, here are some recipes for you to try out 🙂
2 cups frozen blueberry
1 cup pineapple (preferably frozen)
1 whole zucchini or yellow squash
1 cup of baby spinach
1 cup water
Blend on high speed for 1 minute, or until smooth
“Pink Lemonade” Smoothie
1 cup grapes (green or red)
1/4 beet, peeled for milder flavor
1/2 peeled lemon
1/2 cup bok choy
1 cup ice
Honey or stevia extract to taste (optional)
Blend on high speed for 1.5 to 2 minutes, or until desired texture
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Power Shake
2 bananas, frozen (if using fresh bananas, add 1 cup ice)
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup baby spinach (or another green)
1 tbsp mild protein powder
1 cup white cabbage
2 cups water OR almond milk
Blend on high speed for 1.5 minutes, or until desired texture
Bananas are fantastic at covering up less pleasant flavors. They’re one of the best go-to smoothie bases to keep around because they freeze well!
- Baby bok choy, cabbage, and zucchini are three vegetables that are not only mildly flavored, but are lighter in “food coloring” than spinach or kale. Load them in to recipes for people who are color sensitive!
- Try using dark and rich-colored fruits to hide the green – we’ve found cherries, blueberries, and red dragonfruit to all easily take over the color of a smoothie, leaving beautiful and delicious looking red and purple blends! Having a bag of frozen mixed berries around can be a life saver.
- Chocolate and coffee are two strong flavors that cover “green” flavors, and their brown colors will win the color battle in the blender if you add enough! Use any chocolate smoothie or frappe recipe and throw in a cup of greens to get some vegetables, without the green showing through your cup.
What are you favorite “secret” green smoothies to make? Let us know in the comments or share a photo in our Facebook group!