Top 10 Benefits of Green Smoothies

Romaine lettuce green smoothie

Green smoothies have many health benefits, and can include spinach, lettuce, kale, and collard greens; for the more advanced green smoothie drinker, you can also add parsley, dandelion greens, watercress — really, any leafy green veggie your palate can handle, and enjoy. Bananas, apples, pears, avocado, and mango are great companions in these beverages. Here’s a brief introduction to the many advantages of drinking green smoothies on a daily basis.

First, here’s a sampling of VegKitchen’s recipes for green smoothies. See the entire range in our Green Smoothies category.

1. Green smoothies offer pure nutrition. The amount of vitamins you’ll get depends on the fruits and vegetables you choose for the smoothie. However, most fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins A and C. Guava is also high in folate, while avocados provide high amounts of potassium and magnesium.

2. Green smoothies are much healthier than fruit or vegetable juices. When juices are extracted, you get vitamins and minerals but no fiber. However, smoothies are made using the whole fruit/vegetable, so you get all the fiber in your drink.

pineapple, apple, and leafy greens smoothies

3. Green smoothies are a great way to eat your veggies without even realizing it. Although most people like fruit, many have trouble getting their daily requirement of veggies. When you make a green smoothie, the taste of the greens is hidden by the taste of the fruit, so you don’t even notice the veggies are there.

4. Green smoothies are easy and quick to make. The only equipment you need is a blender (and a pitcher if you make large amounts and need to store some in the fridge).

5. Homemade green smoothies are cheap. Buying smoothies at a juice bar can set you back as much as $6 a glass. At home, combining fruits and vegetables won’t cost you more than a few cents. Drinking a glass every day will provide you with all the vitamins you need, a much cheaper (and more natural) option than buying multivitamins.

Spinach and apple smoothie

6. Green smoothies can be a good way to get kids to “eat” their vegetables. You might need to start with a higher proportion of fruit vs. vegetables (for example, 70/30 instead of the standard 60/40) until they get used to the flavor.

7. Green smoothies will provide you with a lasting source of energy. Fruits are a good source of energy, but eaten alone will only provide short bursts of energy (they contain lots of sugars, which are quickly metabolized). Because of their high content of veggies, green smoothies have a balanced sugar content.

8. Green smoothies are low in calories but very filling. Because they contain high amounts of water and fiber, they’ll make you feel as if you just ate a full meal. If you’re trying to lose weight, green smoothies will help fight hunger and cravings while helping the pounds melt off easier.

Green velvet smoothie (kale, banana, and avocado)

9. Green smoothies are easy to digest. Because they’re already blended and liquefied, smoothies are quicker to digest. After all, your body no longer needs to work so hard to “break down” the food in order to extract the nutrients. People who suffer from indigestion after eating a heavy meal will also benefit, as smoothies are filling but light.

10. Green smoothies will keep you hydrated. Although one should drink at least eight glasses of water a day, experts believe most people don’t drink even half that amount. One of the reasons for that is that many people simply don’t like the taste of plain water. If that describes you, simply add more water to the mix as you prepare your smoothie. You’ll be drinking more liquids without even noticing it.

green smoothie diet cover by hilary greenleafThis article was excerpted with permission The New Green Smoothie Diet: Going Green Never Tasted so Good,* by Hilary Greenleaf. Hilary Greenleaf is a health enthusiast who blogs at hilarygreenleaf.com. 

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62 comments on “Top 10 Benefits of Green Smoothies

  1. Jen

    I started drinking daily home made smoothies two weeks ago. Tried a few different blends but so far this one is my favorite, this makes two good size portions. 2 cups kale or spinach, 1 cup coconut water, 1 cup water, 1 banana, 1.5 cups of mango, 1 cup pineapple, juice from 1 lime and chia seeds.

  2. sonia

    Green Smoothies are very effectice for health and I love using green foods in my daily dose.
    anyways thanks for writing about these health benefits of green smoothies.

  3. Tessa

    I have made green smoothies a part of my breakfast every morning and can’t remember the last time I felt so great. My personal concoction differs slightly by what kind of greens I can get my hands on, but the main blend is something like this:
    1/4 cup Kefir (I usually use blueberry or blackberry)
    1 handful of mixed greens(baby spinach, kale, bok choy)
    1 banana
    4-5 strawberries
    1 (small) carrot
    This makes one serving, but has a great flavor and is simple enough to make on the go while providing energy all the day through!
    Enjoy 👍

  4. sondra

    How many times a day do u need to drink the smoothie. And give me an estimate on how much water, fruits, and veggies should I use in one glass of smoothie

  5. Melissa

    Another thing I do is add a bit more than I would for a smoothie, and then add more water and drink it like a juice throughout the day. It keeps me away from my sweet tea addiction.

  6. Anjel

    I love ALL smoothies! Green smoothies are absolutely delicious. I like to add flaxseeds to mines.
    1 cup spinach- is like 6 calories if that
    1 banana
    3 strawberries
    1/4 mango
    1/4 peach
    tsp flaxseeds
    blend with water!
    if you like it a little sweeter, add a touch of pure honey.
    Blend and enjoy!
    I use frozen because the extra water will make it too bland for me, but you can add ice if you like!

  7. Marilyn

    I just finished drinking my second green smoothie. I used 1 cup of tightly packed coursely chopped kale as my green, water, 1/4 cup OJ, 1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt, 1/2 banana and two packets of Truiva (I have a terrible sweet tooth I’m trying desperately to tame). Blended at high speed and it was delicious.

  8. david Rosenberg

    My main meal is my breakfast smoothie.
    Oatmeal old fashion
    Agave syrup
    2 glasses filtered water
    Spinach or other greens
    carrots
    Peppers and banana and nuts
    Pineapple and frozen blueberries
    VitaMix machine
    Results after four years outstanding
    BP 140/90 now 117/79 cholesterol 48/161 with statin now 58/52 no statin
    Dr . McDougall who teaches you how to cook as a vegan for $6500.00 and 10 days does not approve. Do not blame him. He has built a very successful enterprise
    and has many success stories This is my breakfast and
    lunch normally.
    My doctors are amazed
    No supplements except B-12 three times a week

  9. Angelo

    Thanks for the list! Here’s a smoothie I just made up that contains –

    cantaloupe

    frozen raspberries/strawberries/blueberries,
    avocado

    kale

    spinach

    sour cream mixed with sugar free jello mix (my low carb “yogurt” creation)

    sugar free juice/sparkling soda.

    Love It!

  10. ask

    This blog was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something that helped me.
    Kudos!

  11. Kimberley

    I’ve only had green smoothies a few times but they are delicious! The recipe I made makes two tall glasses and contains:
    Two handfuls of watercress
    One tall glass of water
    Two large bananas
    Three peaches
    Three spoonfuls of pure honey
    And a chia seed shot

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