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Green Smoothies – Join the Revolution

  • Kelli Farley
  • 13 March, 2014
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Why Green Smoothies?

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According to the Center for Disease Control, the vast majority of Americans aren’t getting nearly enough fruits and vegetables in their diets. In fact, more than 75% of people eat fewer than three servings of vegetables a day–far below the recommended daily amount of 3-4 cups a day.

For many people, finding out how to fit that many fruits and vegetables into their diet can be a daunting task. Green smoothies simplify healthy eating and are the antidote to the lack of disease-fighting nutrients and minerals in our diets. Here’s why:

  • They’re fast. Green smoothies are the ultimate fast food. In less than 2 minutes, you can blend up a green smoothie that contains all the fruits and vegetables you need for the day.
  • They’re easy. Preparing a green smoothie is as easy as adding fruits and vegetables to your blender and pressing a button.
  • They’re delicious. While the thought of drinking spinach and avocado might make you cringe, believe it or not, green smoothies are a delicious treat. When combined with fruits and juice, you’ll be amazed at how much they taste like any other great-tasting fruit smoothie.

Health Benefits of Green Smoothies

The health benefits of green smoothies are virtually unending, but here are some of the most compelling reasons to start incorporating them into your diet:

  • Boost your nutrition intake. Green smoothies provide large servings of leafy greens, including spinach, kale, chard, and lettuces.  These are some of the most nutritionally dense foods you can consume. Adding 2 cups of leafy greens to your smoothies adds just 20 calories and a host of vitamins and minerals.
  • Defend against cancer. Not too many things can make this claim, but the chlorophyll in leafy greens have been shown to help prevent a wide range of cancers.
  • Stay fuller longer. Green smoothies are a great source of fiber, which keeps you feeling full for longer periods of time.
  • Assist in weight loss. Approximately 45 million Americans diet each year in an attempt to lose weight. Green smoothies can help you lose extra pounds and maintain a healthy weight.

Getting Started

Making green smoothies is easy. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

Use recipes.

One of the great things about green smoothies is the chance you have to experiment with different recipes and tastes—the possibilities are endless! In the beginning, however, it’s a good idea to stick to some tried and true popular green smoothie recipes for beginners.

Always load your jar properly

You will get the best blends and avoid the dreaded cavitation (air bubbles that form around the blade) if you load your jar in this order:

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Start with the basics.

For some people, green smoothies can take some getting used to. Don’t get too crazy by adding every green ingredient you can think of to your smoothies at once when you’re getting started. Instead, start with the basics. Spinach and kale are green smoothie staples. As you develop your palate, you can work your way up to more creative and adventurous green smoothie recipes. Try our week of green smoothie recipes. They start out with a slight taste of greens and work there way up to a stronger taste.

Week of Green Smoothies

Use frozen fruits.

When blending fruits into your green smoothies, using frozen instead of fresh fruit can be advantageous. It is typically more cost-effective, since fresh fruit tends to spoil quickly. Frozen fruit can also double as ice or cut down on the amount of ice you need to use in your smoothies.

Store leftovers.

Green smoothies are faster than fast food. They can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days, making them perfect for busy mornings when you’re on the go. Just make a double batch and refrigerate what you don’t use.

39 thoughts on “Green Smoothies – Join the Revolution

  1. Nancy Lofton

    Hi Kelli
    I just received my Blendtec a few days ago. The purpose of me buying the blender is too juice. I have a juicer but I am getting more pulp then juice. I have recipes on how to lower blood pressure and cholesterol for juicing. I try one of the recipe in the blendtec , I push the button for whole juice, it didn’t come out to well. I didn’t like the texture. I was trying to make the texture like juice by redoing the process twice. The end results the mixture was hot like soup. Do you have any recipes on lowering BP and Cholesterol. I am thinking about returning the blender.

    This is the recipe I used.
    Ingredients

    Apples – 2 medium (3″ dia) 364g
    Beet Root – 1 beet (3″ dia) 175g
    Carrots – 4 medium 244g
    Celery – 3 stalk, large (11″-12″ long) 192g
    Cucumber – 1/2 cucumber (8-1/4″) 150.5g
    Ginger – 1/2 thumb (1″ dia) 12g
    Directions

    Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

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    1. Kelli Farley Post author

      Hi Nancy,
      Unlike a traditional juicer, a Blendtec blender will not remove the pulp. That’s why we like to call it Whole Juice, because it does not remove the pulp like a juicer. If you don’t want the pulp, you will have to strain it through a cheese cloth or something similar to remove the pulp.

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      1. Julia

        So, what can you recommend the brand of blender do we need to use in order to achieve this smoothie? I was actually looking for some answers on the net regarding the best blender, what to buy and what is its pros and cons.

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        1. Kelli Farley Post author

          Any of our Blendtec blenders will be able to make this smoothie effortlessly. Depending on which one you are looking at, there are many reviews about the pros and cons of them on our site. Are blenders have dual blades that blend food very well and they are easy to clean. The flat surface of our blenders also makes them easy to clean. Our blenders also have a metal drive socket, unlike others that are plastic, so if you come across something that is hard to blender, the blender will just stop itself instead of breaking the drive socket.
          The biggest con that our customers talk about is the noise, but keep in mind that this blender has a very powerful motor; 1500+watt, depending on the model.

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  2. Vanessa Scott

    I am having a lot of trouble making a decent green drink – often comes out with too much texture (not fully blended), despite running it on whole food speed. Example: almond milk, frozen blue berries & peas, kale came out mealy and not smooth at all. About to send this machine back…..Used to use a simple 5 speed blender that often did a better job!

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    1. Kelli Farley Post author

      Hi Vanessa, thank you for your comments and welcome to the Blendtec family. I am sorry to hear you are having problems with your green drink. I also make a green drink every morning and drink it on my way to work. I drink it through a straw so my drink is not thick. The frozen ingredients is what makes the drink thicker and liquid makes it runnier.

      Thank you for the example you gave me of what you put into your drink. If the drink is not smooth it could be the amount of liquid you are putting into the recipe. We have lots of green drink recipes on Blendtec.com. Try looking at them and see if your drink has about the same ratio of liquid versus frozen. You could also add some yogurt, banana or avocado to make it smooth and creamy.

      Please let me know if these tips do not work.

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  3. Julie

    Thanks for the recipes. It’s true that you can’t really taste the green stuff if you mix it with fruit and it’s so healthy for you.

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  4. Jackie

    I purchased a Blendtec two weeks ago. I like the pineapple skin. I am not sure whether it is the blender or the layer of food put in is not in the right order. I can always taste the pineapple fiber from the skin. In addition, I can also taste the berry seeds. Please advise.

    I do the blending with frozen celery, cucumber banana and pineapple WITH SKIN but WITHOUT ice. Two times, the blender was jumping around. I thought it was broken. My husband said I put too much stuff in it. Do you think so?

    If I blend all these frozen fruits and vegetables, do I need to use a lot of water? How do I determine how much water is needed?

    Can you explain the reason why you recommend the order of the ingredients being put in?

    Thanks,
    New to blending and Blendtec

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    1. Kelli Farley Post author

      Hi Jackie, thank you for your comments and welcome to the Blendtec family. You do need liquid to blend ingredients in the blender. How much depends on how you want your drink to turn out. Remember it is not a juicer so you will need to have liquid to make it a juice. It is very important to load the jar from softest to hardest, liquid first. When the jar is loaded properly the blender can pull the ingredients down to the blade in the most efficient way.

      If you are blending a lot of frozen items you will need more liquid then if you are blending fresh fruits or vegetables. The frozen items are what makes the drink thick. If the ingredients are too cold (too much frozen and not enough liquid) it will freeze on the side of the jar and not allow the ingredients to get to the blades of the jar. This can also cause an air pocket and you can hear the jar make a high pitch sound, because the blade is spinning but not grabbing onto anything. You can fix this very easily by adding more liquids or less frozen. If you are using frozen ingredients you may not need the ice depending on how thick you want your drink.

      If you are tasting the seeds and fiber, try blending just the fruit with your liquid before adding the rest of the ingredients. This will allow an extra cycle just for them.

      If you are having a problem with the machine moving around while you are blending, answer these questions. Does the machine move when there is not a jar on it? Does it move only when making a certain recipe? Does it move when there is enough liquid in the jar? Am I over filling the jar? When you are through blending the blended ingredients should not be above the markings on the jar.

      Try making a recipe from the book and see if you have any problems with that. The recipes have the correct amount of liquids and non-liquid ingredients. Then try using your own recipe to match the same amount of liquids and frozen ingredients

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  5. Hilda

    Love my blendtec , use every day. Another reason to use this magic tool. so, I am doing this! While I write I have been trying the first smoothie, so far, just great! Thanks

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  6. john

    green smoothies are addictive. if i miss a day my body knows it. my blendtec has never let me down, i’m getting close to 4000 cycles without any problems. btw, if you don’t have wildside jar you need to get one. it makes a great blender even greater.

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  7. Sidney Cliett

    I had the nutra bullet that was a joke motor burned out. I got the ninja same deal in the middle of making a smoothie same deal motor burned out took both of them back and purchased the blendtec before my purchase I did research on the vitamixer and for me it came down to Asthetics but the salesman at bed bath & beyond said the Blendtec had a more powerful Motor so it was a no Brainer at that point use it almost every day clean up is quick and if your having problems making a smoothie than you are doing something wrong love My blendtec blender

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  8. Carmen

    I am planning to buy a Blendtec as the juicer I have got at the moment waste a lot of fruit and veggies, however I would like to know if i can put any vegetable/fruit on the Blendtec? Beetroot, apples, avocado,carrots? etc, etc.

    Also I have a question, using water, does not change the flavour of the juice?

    Many Thanks in advance.

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    1. Kelli Farley Post author

      Hi Carmen,
      Yes, the Blendtec can replace your juicer and do just as well of a job, or better. Depending on how much water you add, it can dilute the flavor a bit. Please note that when juicing with a Blendtec blender, we call it whole juicing, as it does not take the pulp out like most traditional juicers.

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  9. Christopher Paine

    I just bought twelve Ball pint-size canning jars and am going to be taking three of these to work to drink throughout the day. I’m guessing one every two hours, but may end up only drinking two because they’re so filling.

    Love the Blendtec and green smoothies. I’ve made the Green Flaxy the most so far, but bought avocados and celery to try the week of green smoothies.

    Thanks for the recipes!

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  10. Mary Hagy

    Just bought the Blendtec from Costco in Mesa, AZ. and love it! The store on Sossaman had a super rep giving a fantastic demo!!! That gal is what sold us! Lots of EZ recipes and super quick cleanup! No sharp blades anymore to clean. All you have to do is choose a color! We chose RED… Thanks Blendtec!!!

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  11. Bangkok Bill

    A good recipe is the one you will make often and drink, a bad recipe is one that is to complicated, too many steps, or doesn’t taste great. It has to be easy to make and great tasting, or you won’t stick with it. The good news is that’s easy to do. Try this, keep lots of frozen fruit on hand like strawberries, blueberries and bananas(peel, brake in thirds, freeze in zip locks). Use a few of each, add a little orange juice for liquid, and some fresh fruit if possible for taste and a big handful of fresh spinach, for green vitamin goodness (you can’t even tell it’s in there). Then add some greek yogurt if you like, a scoop of vitamin powder, protein powder, ground flax seed meal if you like. All of that is easy to keep in stock. The fresh fruit isn’t, so you need to only go to the store for that twice a week. Just adding something fresh, improves the batch 100% over going all frozen, but all frozen batches still are good. I never use ice, only frozen fruit and never use water, just OJ for a little liquid to get it going. You can use one third fresh or go 50/50 fresh and frozen and it will taste fantastic. I make a big batch and drink it out of the fridge all day.

    Your body craves these nutrients, if you don’t get them, you’ll keep eating lots of junk until you’re full.
    Soon, like in about three days, you’ll lose the craving for snacks and junk food, have more energy too.
    Don’t sweat the expense of fresh fruit, just do it for a month or two and you’ll see it’s the best money you’ll spend. Much cheaper than doctors, pills, and weight loss diet foods. You just need the nutrients…
    These nutrients are not available in a pill, if they were, everyone would take those pills, no, you need this blender to do the work for you, then just drink it. No pills needed after that, usually.
    If you haven’t yet, you should watch “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” on Netflix. Juicer or Blender, I use both.
    Good luck,
    Have fun,
    B

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  12. Donna

    Hi, I’ve been making a smoothie every day since I bought my blender. I’m concerned though because when I put in fresh fruit or frozen fruit like blueberries or blackberries my smoothies always come out too seedy. It’s like drinking grit! What am I doing wrong? I use 1 cup almond milk, greens, frozen fruit, that’s it! Is there an order I need to do or put on something other than smoothie to blend the seeds? I’m very disappointed at this point!

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    1. Kelli Farley Post author

      Hi Donna,
      You are not doing anything wrong. With fruits that have seeds that small, you will never be able to get rid of the completely. If you don’t want the seeds in your smoothie, you can try running through a sieve or cheesecloth.

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  13. Otto

    I am curious as to why nobody has mentioned how well frozen vegetables blend after they have been microwaved. I usually blend brussel sprouts or carrots or broccoli or butternut squash or peas. I have not had success blending these without microwaving them first in a pyrex bowl with a little water and seran on the top of the pyrex bowl. I have also had very bad success blending them with any machine that I have owned other than the Blendtec. I usually microwave for 4-5 minutes depending on the vegetable. I only add enough ice to chill the smoothie as I do not like my smoothies to be icy. The amount of water added will determine how thick the smoothie is. Thus, I have only one vegetable with lots of water and just a little ice. I must also mention that it is important to cool the pyrex filled with vegetable before adding it to the Blendtec jar because one does not want to hurt the rubber gasket at the bottom of the jar. I usually cool the pyrex filled with vegetable by adding ice and then water. On my Blendtec blender I use the smoothie button for blending. I have a giant cup that I use for the smoothie. If I am on the go, then, I like to use a 24 oz metal canister or maybe even two of them for transporting my smoothies mess free. Last, I did look the word smoothie up in the dictionary and to the best of my knowledge, no one ever said that a smoothie has to include more than one ingredient.

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  14. Erica

    I use 8 ozs of organic 2% milk for the 32 oz. container, w/protein powder, flax seeds, chia seeds, 2 handfuls of mixed greens from Costco, an apple, frozen strawberries, sprouted mung beans, frozen banana, some pineapple with juice and if it needs to be sweeter I use frozen grapes. My husband and I drink this daily. It’s like a treat full of excellent nutrition. Sometimes I add cinnamon for taste. Love my Blendtech–I’ve used it over 1000 times.

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  15. Diana

    1) How many times in a row can we use the blender? last night we used the Blendtec about 3 or 4 times in a row and the motor was quite hot. is that normal?

    2) What is the difference between ‘whole juice’ and ‘smoothie’?

    thank you

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    1. Kelli Farley Post author

      Hi Diana,
      1) The motor is very powerful and the friction does create heat. We recommend that you do not over use it. Four blends and a rest in between to let it cool would be advised.
      2) Whole Juice runs for 10 seconds longer. It also runs at a higher speed. It has different intervals to pull the whole foods around and down into the blade.

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  16. Suzie

    I have been using a Nutribullet and actually love it for making a very THICK smoothie. I can not drink much liquid with my meals due to low stomach acidity (liquid dilutes it – making it harder to digest foods). So, my “smoothies” are more like the consistency of baby food. I use the following ingredients: spinach, carrots, celery, avocado, cucumber, chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts and plain rice protein. The Nutribullet does a fantastic job of blending up everything – even the chia and flax seeds. However, the motor is burning out. I’m considering replacing it with a Blendtec. My concern is that a Blendtec will not grind up the chia seeds and flax seeds as well as the Nutribullet. I have noticed others complaining about fruit seeds being left whole in their smoothies with the Blendtec and your reply mentions that these small seeds just can’t be blended up. If this is the case, then it would seem that my chia and flax seeds will not get blended using a Blendtec. I don’t want to have whole seeds in my smoothie. Do you have experience using the Blendtec to successfully blend up chia and flax seeds in a smoothie?

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    1. Kelli Farley Post author

      The Blendtec does a fantastic job of blending chia and flax seeds into powder (if using exclusively) or into pieces in a smoothie. If you are wanting to do a really thick smoothie, I recommend using the Twister jar as it will get a better result than the WildSide+ or FourSide.

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  17. Sasha

    This is the kind of topic that I really look forward to with regards to making green smoothies. I am just starting to make this a hobby and I find it really helpful, so with this article of yours, thumbs up!
    Will make more smoothies for the days to come! And give a smile :) to this helpful post!

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