Making Clean Green Smoothies the Right Way
Green smoothies can be really healthy or laden with sugar. In this article we look at how to make clean green smoothies. A clean green smoothie is a drink which is packed with nutrients. It includes lots of whole and natural ingredients. It has no added sugars and has limited fruits or fruits with a low sugar count.
I think by now we all know that our bigger health concern is having too much sugar in our diet rather than the fat content of healthy whole foods.
So when we make smoothies, we need to be extra careful to make sure that we limit the amount of sugar we are eating.
Follow this how to make clean green smoothies guideline by wellness and food journalist Candic Kumai when you decide what to add to your smoothie.
How to Make Clean Green Smoothies – Guideline
Ingredients for a healthy and nutritious clean smoothie:
Start with a solid base: Avocados are the best source for a base, as they contain fiber, potassium and vitamins galore, good fats and virtually no sugar.
If you need that extra sweetness, slice your bananas into small pieces, and freeze in an airtight sealed baggie. Frozen banana pieces are excellent for a delicious ice-cream like consistency in smoothies.
You can additionally use fresh pear and frozen mango can give you a smooth ice-cream-like texture. Organic silken tofu is also a great option for a smoothie base. And its packed with organic plant-based protein! Ice is another sure cheap-thrill that works perfectly for a base to any smoothie and makes for a refreshing, cold beverage.
Avoid: Frozen yogurt, milk, and ice cream based smoothies, ummm hello, calories and sugar galore!
2- Frozen Fruit
Work in those frozen fruits: Add in some frozen blueberries, acai packets, blackberries or strawberries. Organic peaches, raspberries and mango chunks are delicious too, be mindful not to add too much fruit, it packs on the pounds with loads of sugar. Your best bet is frozen berries, lower in sugar and high on antioxidants and nutrients!
Great choices to blend: Kale, spinach, baby spinach, watercress, Hawaiian spirulina powder and when you can’t get fresh greens you can try a scoop of super-greens at the health food store.
But a rule of thumb, always add greens to your smoothies, you’ll get vitamins, A, C, K, fiber, iron and yes… protein!
4- Liquid Gold
Opt for unsweetened options. Unsweetened almond milk, unsweetened coconut almond milk blend, unsweetened green tea, or better yet, water!
5- Super Boosters
These are items like: Pea protein powder, rice protein powder, spirulina greens, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, carob powder, cocoa powder, lemon juice, quality matcha green tea powder, raw almonds, raw walnuts, turmeric powder, and bee pollen.
Source for this guideline.
The most important element on how to make clean green smoothies is to use the best and healthiest ingredients. To make a clean smoothie it is also helpful to use a powerful blender. Candice uses the Vitamix 5200. She says that she starts out on a slow setting and works up to a high speed for a smooth and creamy smoothie.
Please share your tips on how to make clean green smoothies…