Go Green Gradually: If adding greens to your smoothies is a new thing for you, start with fresh baby spinach or other baby greens and work your way up to heartier, more intense flavored greens. You might also considering starting with 1/2 to 1 cup and working your way up to larger amounts. I would say I generally use 2-3 loosely packed cups of greens per smoothie. I usually don’t measure, I just grab two massive handfuls and throw them in the blender.
In the rare occasion when I really want to give my digestion a break and I am looking for a milder flavor, I will opt for steaming my greens first, this is especially wonderful for more intense and hearty flavored greens, like kale or chard.
Go with whatever greens you like best and you can totally mix and match, blending multiple greens in your smoothie.
If you don’t have a high speed blender, like a Vitamix or Blendtec, I suggest adding the greens and liquid to your blender first and blending until the leafy chunks are gone. Next add the fruit and any other add-ins.
The sky is the limit when it comes to choosing your liquid in a smoothie. I find non-dairy milks provide a nice creamy and rich texture and often times extra protein and other valuable nutrients. Fruit juice is great with or in place of fruit, as a sweetness to offset the greens. Finally, if you add a lot of greens, fruits and other stuff to your smoothies, you can even simply opt for water.
As you guys already know, I prefer to make my own homemade nut milks whenever possible, almond or cashew milk being my favorites. Unfortunately, I know this isn’t always an option for some of you. I also personally don’t always have this luxury when I am traveling or when I am having an exceptionally busy week.
Silk brand non-dairy milks are my go-to option for non-dairy milks when I cannot make my own, their unsweetened Almondmilk and unsweetened Cashewmilk being my favorites. They are a wonderful choice for