Looking to mix up your green juice and smoothies? As Dreena Burton explains, there are benefits to both green juice and smoothies, depending on what you’re looking for. She says that smoothies still contain all the fiber, making them filling and giving you the benefits of consuming the whole fruit and vegetables. On the other hand, juicing removes all the fiber, which mean they are absorbed more quickly, meaning you can include more veggies and give your digestive system a bit of a break. Check out Dreena’s top picks for ingredients to add to your green juices and smoothies!
If you’re new to green smoothies or need a refresher, check out Dreena’s Green Smoothies 101 post to learn more about the proportions to use to create a great-tasting smoothie.
Full of vitamin C, iron and calicum, Dreena says spinach is a great “introductory” green if you’re new to green smoothies!
Dreena says lettuce is a sweeter green, and suggests it for those new to green smoothies. High in vitamin K and vitamin A, lettuce will also add a burst of nutrients to your smoothie.
Kale and Collards
Once you’re used to the flavor of green smoothies, Dreena suggests trying more bitter but nutrient-rich greens like kale and collards.
The high water content in cucumbers make them great for adding into smoothies – and also add some more green.
Frozen fruit helps add sweetness to your smoothies – as well as that delicious, frosty chill. Dreena’s top picks? Banana, berries, pineapple and mango.
Dreena loves adding a whole, peeled lemon to her green smoothies, as she says it really brightens and lifts the flavor.
Instead of regular water, try adding some coconut water to your smoothies for a hydrating burst of electrolytes.
Try blending in a spoonful of hemp seeds, which are rich in protein, vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids.
Raw Nut Butter
Dreena also suggests adding a spoonful of raw nut butter, which adds great flavor as well as protein and healthy fats.
High in healthy fats, Dreena says avocado adds a great creaminess to your green smoothies!
Plant-Based Protein Powder
Adding a scoop or two of your favorite protein powder to your smoothies will give them a nutrient burst, as well as give you an opportunity to experiment with different flavors.
Try Dreena’s “Easy Being Green” Smoothie!
3 cups (packed) spinach or kale leaves (see note)
1/2 – 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks (or 1 orange, peeled)
1 cup frozen or room temp sliced banana (fairly ripe/overripe is best)
1 cup frozen mango (or 1 fresh large orange, peel removed)
1/2 – 1 cup cucumber, rough cut in large chunks
1 cup water
1-2 tbsp vega energizing smoothie powder, tropical tango flavor (optional)
Add all ingredients to a blender and puree for a couple of minutes until very smooth (if using a high-powered blender like a Blendtec, you won’t need to puree as long, simply run on “whole juice” mode, and then pulse again after if needed if there are any remaining frozen bits of fruit to be incorporated). Makes 2 medium smoothies.
Note: The flavor of kale leaves is stronger than spinach, so you might want to start with spinach, or do a blend of 2 cups spinach and 1 cup kale leaves. Also try substituting in 1/2 cup parsley leaves.
Celery: Because celery yields a lot of water, Dreena says it’s great to add to green juice. It’s also great for inflammation and is high in magnesium.
Lettuce Ribs: Like celery, lettuce ribs have a high water content, making them great for juicing.
Beets: Beets are great for detoxifying and reducing inflammation, plus add a beautiful color to your juice.
Carrots: Carrots are another veggie that Dreena says is great for juicing. Carrot juice is also great for your bones and skin.
Pear: Pear juice is great for your digestion system, and adds a touch of sweetness to your green juice.
Apples: Like pears, Dreena says apples are great for adding to green juice due to their natural sweetness. They’re also great for your heart, skin, hair and eyes.
Ginger: With anti-inflammatory properties, ginger is great for pain and for your digestive system, plus it adds a bit of a kick to your green juice.
Tumeric: Tumeric is well-known for its anti-inflammatory effects, making it a great choice for helping to ease joint pain.
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