6 Energy-boosting ingredients for green smoothies - Simple Green Smoothies

6 Energy-boosting ingredients for green smoothies

If you’re like me, you would do anything for more energy through the day. Chasing around two kiddos, cleaning the house, and getting all of our meals prepped for the day… Whew! By 2 pm, I crash, which makes me reach for the unhealthy coffee drinks to get me through the day. Put that coffee or energy drink down, I say!

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Supercharge your green smoothie

We’ve got 6 all-natural fresh fruits, veggies and boosters to reach for to give yourself a natural burst of energy that will help supercharge your body for the whole day!

Bananas

This yellow beauty comes with a boatload of natural energy. Loaded with potassium, fiber and b vitamins, bananas are a great pre and post workout fuel as well as a crazy nutritious snack.


Berries

A cup of berries gives your body a good amount of healthy Vitamin C. This is great for a natural boost of energy and is filled with fiber—great for keeping things moving regularly. Check out this post for our 5 top berry picks.


Citrus Fruits

These vitamin C powerhouses provide a quick burst of energy and endurance. Citrus fruits are easy to add to any green smoothie by squeezing the juice from a half of lemons or limes or tossing in some peeled oranges or clementines to your recipes. We love adding these 8 citrus fruits to our blenders for a burst of Vitamin C.


Leafy Greens

The powerhouse of veggies, leafy greens contain vitamins A, C, K, Magnesium, Iron and the almighty B which all provide natural energy and keeps your energy levels up and running throughout the day. Check out this post for all the wonderful leafy green options.


Nuts

Full of magnesium, most nuts provide a quick pick-me-up and help to keep you there. Instead of reaching for a cup of coffee, reach for a handful of your favorite nuts. *tip* Be kind to your tummy and blender. Soaking nuts in water the night before helps with digestion and is also easier for your blender to chop them up without hurting the blades.


Seeds

Chia and Sunflower seeds help regulate your blood sugar giving you energy throughout the day. They’re a great source of fiber and protein and you can’t beat that crunch factor. Here’s our top 6 reasons why we love chia seeds.

Keep a handful of these items on hand at all times if you’re struggling with keeping your energy-levels up. You’ll thank yourself later!

 

What are your favorite natural energy boosters?

Share what works well for you in the comments below.

74 Responses to “6 Energy-boosting ingredients for green smoothies”

  1. Mary 5.22.2014 at 8:57 am #

    Sorry, meant to give the site that gave the information re Metric and US measurements:

    Volume – One cup dry = 225 ml.
    Volume – One cup liquid = 250 ml.

  2. Mary 5.22.2014 at 8:44 am #

    US and UK equivalents – found on – exploratorium.edu

    British and American Variances
    Term Abbreviation Nationality Dry or liquid Metric equivalent Equivalent in context
    cup c., C. usually liquid 237 milliliters 16 tablespoons or 8 ounces
    ounce fl oz, fl. oz. American liquid only 29.57 milliliters
    British either 28.41 milliliters
    gallon gal. American liquid only 3.785 liters 4 quarts
    British either 4.546 liters 4 quarts
    inch in, in. 2.54 centimeters
    ounce oz, oz. American dry 28.35 grams 1/16 pound
    liquid see OUNCE see OUNCE
    pint p., pt. American liquid 0.473 liter 1/8 gallon or 16 ounces
    dry 0.551 liter 1/2 quart
    British either 0.568 liter
    pound lb. dry 453.592 grams 16 ounces
    quart q., qt, qt. American liquid 0.946 liter 1/4 gallon or 32 ounces
    dry 1.101 liters 2 pints
    British either 1.136 liters
    teaspoon t., tsp., tsp either about 5 milliliters 1/3 tablespoon
    tablespoon T., tbs., tbsp. either about 15 milliliters 3 teaspoons or 1/2 ounce

  3. Anne 5.12.2014 at 5:30 am #

    My brother got me onto this little gem of an idea. Take a serving of wheat grass, about one eighth of a tray, put it in a high speed blender, add one or two cups water and blend until water is nice and green. Strain and keep water, that is where all the good stuff is. Put it back in your blender and use that as a base for your smoothie, whatever you decide to put in your smoothie, it already has an excellent base of great nutrition in the wheat grass juice. When my brother started eating healthy and making smoothies, his marathon time for running a marathon improved drastically.

  4. Marie 3.7.2014 at 8:11 pm #

    I am so glad to have found you gals, the website and the challenge! I’ve had a smoothie every morning since 2/24, I’ve surprise myself. My coworker has been telling me about green smoothies for years. I don’t eat veggies, but this has been great. Anyway would it be a good idea to add protein powder to the smoothies. Thanks, Marie

  5. Frank B 2.11.2014 at 11:16 am #

    Hi Girls!
    I just started the 21 day cleanse challenge today!! I just wanted to say that the recipes rock! and get this…they actually taste great!! Thank you!!

    • Jadah and Jen 2.11.2014 at 12:08 pm #

      Hope you enjoy it, Frank! Glad you’re doing it with us :-)

  6. Cubby 1.14.2014 at 1:19 pm #

    loving the site and so happy to have stumbled upon it!!!

    question: what is the recommended way to add chia seeds to the green smoothies? blend in? post blending? I also usually prepare my smoothies the night before.

    I guess an even better question is how YOU like to do it?

    thanks ahead of time!!!

    • Jadah and Jen 1.15.2014 at 8:45 am #

      Hi Cubby!
      We do it any of these three ways:

      -Soak for 15 minutes and then blend in
      -Blend them straight in
      -Or add them to the top

      Any of these works!

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