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5 Green Smoothie Tips

green smoothie tips

Green smoothies are an incredible way to start your day. I’m a vegetarian who doesn’t like salads, so green smoothies are a great way for me to get my daily intake of leafy greens. (And they taste much better than a salad). I’ve shared lots of yummy recipes, so now I want to share some tips that I have picked up over the past year as I became a green smoothie queen.

Green Smoothie Tips

1. Save money on produce by shopping a variety of ways. Our staple store for green smoothie ingredients is Sam’s Club (if we had Costco, I would be there in a heartbeat). We get frozen blueberries, strawberries and their fresh organic spinach. You can’t get much cheaper than this. If your grocery store is having a great sale on fresh produce, stock up, wash it and freeze it for smoothies!

Another option is to pick your our own berries when the prices dropped at the fields and store them in the freezer. We got 50 pounds of strawberries for $21 a few months back. It was insane!

2. Defrost berries in the fridge a few days in advance. At the beginning of the week, I’ll take out a few cups of the frozen berries and store in tupperware dishes in the fridge to defrost. This saves me time when I make the smoothies— don’t have to defrost the berries every day. And I think the sweetness really comes out in the smoothie when the berries are defrosted and juicy. Also, blueberries turn smoothies from green to purple, which is a great disguise for those picky eaters.

3. You don’t really need to measure the ingredients. I just throw everything in the blender and call it good. Some days I want more sweetness so I’ll add more strawberries. Other days I pack in the spinach and cut back on strawberries (usually to make up for eating crap food earlier in the day.) It’s a very forgiving recipe.

4. Reuse Starbucks venti cold drink cups for smoothies on the go! They are a great size, easy to clean and can be reused many times. If I am on the go, I can throw a lid on it and not worry about spills— and I can toss the cup when I am done. Reason #5689 that I love Starbucks.

5. Clean the blender right after you make the smoothie. If you wait, the food gets stuck on it and it’s a pain to clean. I blend, pour into cups, and immediately fill blender with warm water and soap to start the cleaning process

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9 Responses to “5 Green Smoothie Tips”

  1. shannon 2.17.2013 at 6:55 pm #

    Hi! I’ve been wanting to get into smoothies but can’t afford a juicer. It looks like you use a blender though? For all types of smoothies?

    Also, when you get the spinach from costco/sams, do you freeze that?

    • Jen H 2.18.2013 at 7:57 am #

      Hey Shannon— we are all about the blender. I buy my spinach weekly at Sam’s Club and actually use it up during that week so I typically don’t have to freeze it. Yet there are some weeks when I know I am not gonna get through the entire tub and I will transfer it to a freezer safe ziplock and store it in the freezer.

  2. Ajitha 1.22.2013 at 3:00 am #

    hi, how do i use papaya and watermelon in smoothies, give me a suggestion what will go with it!! i know ginger and lime goes well, but what green would go with that?? :)..

  3. Kaitlyn 1.20.2013 at 12:12 pm #

    I portion out a weeks worth of smoothies and freeze them so I can just blend and go. I don’t have time to defrost the fruits and veggies before I blend and it takes a lot of the taste away from it. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Jen H 1.21.2013 at 6:07 am #

      Hi Kaitlyn. You could pull out a serving the night before and put in the fridge to defrost overnight while you sleep. Then you just wake up, pull it from the fridge and pop in the blender. That should save you time and add some more flavor to the smoothie.

      • Kaitlyn 1.21.2013 at 9:16 am #

        Well now why didn’t I think of that haha. Thanks Jen!!! Loooving these smoothies!!!! Who knew I’d fall in love with kale, spinach and flaxseeds? Haha

      • Jen H 1.21.2013 at 5:04 pm #

        I hear ya— I never even knew what kale or flaxseed were 3 years ago. :)

  4. Rayna 1.16.2013 at 6:29 pm #

    Now I know what to do with frozen berries. When using the ninja I always saw small pieces of blueberries hanging around in my smoothies.

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