Green Smoothies

Have you tried a green smoothie yet? It’s an easy and delicious way to add some extra produce into your diet. As opposed to juicing, making a smoothie ensures that you get all the pulp (fiber & nutrition) of the raw fruits and vegetables. As long as you follow a general formula, you can use extra leftover fruits & veggies from your fridge and have a delicious and nutritious treat.

Here’s what you need:

• Fruits: any fresh or frozen fruit you like!

• Veggies: For a more mild taste try using kale, spinach or cabbage or mix in any green you have on hand. You can also add carrots, celery, cucumbers, avocado… the sky’s the limit!

Liquid: Options include fruit juice, milk, soy or almond milk, water, coconut water, etc.

• Extras (optional): Here’s where you can add some extra nutrition or protein. I like to add chia seeds, hemp seeds, protein powder, Greek yogurt, peanut butter or wheatgrass.


For this smoothie I used a banana, fresh strawberries, pineapple, frozen blueberries & frozen raspberries for my fruits. My veggies were a kale & spinach mix, avocado & carrots. My liquid was almond milk and my extra was some hemp seeds. All you do is put all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. (The best blender for these whole fruit/veggie smoothies is a Vitamix!) The amounts are all optional. Just make sure you have enough liquid for it to be drinkable.

If you still don’t believe that these are tasty, just ask my 3-year-old nephew Graham. Even he loves green smoothies (a great way to get nutrition into kids!).


About the Author

Laura Furr is an Austinite who enjoys fitness, food & fashion. She graduated from the University of Texas Advertising Master’s program and works as a social media consultant. She loves cooking, exploring Austin & her boxer dog Rufus. She posts about her adventures on her blog