So, you just blended your first green smoothie.
You threw in a couple handfuls of spinach, a banana, and a cup or two of mixed berries. Then you turned your blender on, waited a minute, shut it off, poured it into a glass, and… wait a minute.
“Why isn’t my green smoothie…. green?!”
Don’t be alarmed! Not every green smoothie recipe will leave your glass a glowing green color. That doesn’t mean that you aren’t technically drinking a green smoothie. We call the drinks that we make “green smoothies” because each recipe includes at least a couple cups of leafy greens (spinach, kale, swiss chard, etc.).
We love leafy greens, and think that they are one of the most nutritious foods that exist. That’s why we recommend having at least one green smoothie a day! You may be thinking, “That’s nice, but why do mine never turn out green?”
Here’s a few reasons why green smoothies turn brown
- Any type of berry was used in the recipe
- The fruit used was dark colored, or red
- It’s a recipe with beets
- Forgot to put leafy greens in the blender
Are brown smoothies as nutritious as green smoothies?
They sure are! No matter what color your smoothie turns out it will nourish your body as long as you’re using leafy greens and raw fruits/veggies. Want to know one of our favorite “brown” smoothie recipes?
Strawberry, Banana, Blueberry Green Smoothie
2 cups spinach, fresh
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed (or 1 whole orange)
1 cup strawberries
1 cup blueberries
Blend spinach, water and orange juice together first. Next add remaining fruits and blend again.