Going forward, simply mix and match the 21 recipes I have provided. Feel free to experiment with any kind of veggies, fruits, juices, yogurt, milks, etc. Whatever keeps you going.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Try and drink 3 cups of green tea. Keep going with the 1 Tbsp. of Chia Seeds
Try and increase the amount of dark leafy greens. If you used a small handful now try a large handful or 2 small handfuls.
Frozen vs. fresh fruit
The standalone freezer is your friend
Went a little crazy at the market buying fruit and produce did you? All that lovely fruit and produce you’ve been growing? Invest in a standalone freezer for your garage or carport – heck, put it in the kitchen or laundry room. My freezer was the most basic frost-free freezer I could buy. I didn’t want to worry about having to defrost it or having any fancy features. I bought a Kenmore upright frost-free freezer from Sears and bought a freezer thermometer from the hardware store and it is jam packed with fruit and greens. Pending an extended power outage, I’m stocked up for months.
Many people have asked me if it’s ok to use frozen fruit and frozen greens in their smoothies. My response is simple, frozen is just as good. It’s picked and directly frozen so the fruit and greens retain their nutrients. It’s fast, and you will always have some on hand when hunger strikes. If you’re worried about only using fresh, what happens when you are on your way home from work, starving, and stop at the grocery? My guess is, you may bypass the produce section and head right for those old processed food cravings who by now are screaming out your name. Sure it’s great to use fresh if you have it but please don’t feel like you’re a failure if you don’t, those are the self-righteous purists trying to make you feel bad. I want you to be healthy not perfect. Frozen fruit is picked when ripe and then immediately frozen so it’s healthy; don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The same with greens, so thumb your nose at your well-meaning family and friends and you’ll be the one laughing with your new healthy body and younger looking self!
Can I put yogurt or dairy in my smoothie with the greens?
There is plenty of discussion online and in various publications regarding adding dairy or starchy veggies, such as carrots, to your smoothies. If you have dietary restrictions or have an easily upset stomach or disorder, then don’t add these to your smoothies. In the recipes where I’ve added diary (soy milk, almond milk, yogurt or Greek yogurt) or starchy veggies (broccoli, carrots, etc.), leave them out or substitute for something else you like. You’ll find plenty of variations in the recipes as I’ve tried to create smoothies with and without dairy and starchy veggies. In the case of carrots, you can use the green carrot tops, they have a great flavor and fantastic nutrition. For the dairy, substitute with juice, water or more fruit and you won’t miss it. Some folks just don’t like the taste of dairy in a green smoothie or they think it sounds wrong – not sure? Try it and you’ll know. I was surprised how well they go together and wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t made it and tried it for myself.
Keep blending those Wicked Green Smoothies! Have you come up with a favorite combination? Share it here.