Drink Your Veggies: A Guide to Green Smoothies

By Amy Wagner on November 13, 2013

Are you a college student looking to consume more vegetables in spite of your busy lifestyle? Well, it can be done – look no further than a green smoothie! Not only are these concoctions healthy and quick to make, but they allow you to have an entire day’s worth of vegetables in one delicious, colorful drink. Making your green smoothies at home is also much cheaper than going to a smoothie shop every day ($5 Jamba, anyone?).

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First, decide what you want your smoothie base to be. If you want to hydrate with electrolytes, go for coconut water. Almond milk will give your smoothie that familiar creamy texture, as will soy and dairy milk (just be careful about using citrus fruits in your smoothie if you go with dairy milk). Feeling really adventurous? Freshly brewed tea, especially green, is a perfect green smoothie base. And of course, there’s always water!

Next, choose your greens. Be sure to add at least two cups. I like spinach and kale, but there are many possibilities – don’t limit yourself. Collard greens, Swiss chard, cucumber, broccoli, avocado, asparagus, Brussel sprouts, romaine lettuce, and any other favorite green vegetables can all be used.

Now, add fruit! Not only does fruit add extra vitamins and antioxidants, it also keeps the green smoothie from tasting like one is drinking a giant, never-ending salad. I usually use bananas or oranges, but again, the possibilities here are truly endless. Blueberries and strawberries work well, as does pineapple. You’re the one who is going to be drinking the smoothie, so pick a fruit that appeals to you.

It’s time for the add-ins! Add-ins can be chia seeds, flax seeds, wheatgrass powder, a tablespoon or two of nut butter, a splash of fruit juice, cocoa powder, dates, honey, agave nectar, stevia, or anything else you can think of. Want to add more protein to your green smoothie? Simply blend in some silken tofu.

Finally, blend your smoothie thoroughly and enjoy!

What are your favorite green smoothie ingredients? Tell us in the comments!

 

Amy is a third-year student at the University of Denver majoring in Communication Studies, with concentrations in organizational and intercultural communication, as well as minoring in business and international studies. She is a Colorado native, avid reader, coffee drinker, lover of all things active, and now, thanks to Uloop, a writer.

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