So, you just blended a 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 smoothie… green… or beautifully purple?!”
Don’t be alarmed! Not every smoothie recipe will leave your glass a vibrant Instagram-worthy color. That doesn’t mean that you aren’t technically drinking a tasty smoothie. And if you added any leafy greens to it, you can still consider it a green smoothie — even if it looks more brown.
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 a dark colored, or possibly red
- It’s a recipe with beets
- You forgot to add the leafy greens…oops!
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.