If you're a normal person, like me, you probably think that making a homemade smoothie or green juice each morning is totally out of the equation. And I'm here to tell you that you're wrong, you jerk.
Just kidding, but it can be much easier, better, less hippie, and more doable than you'd ever think.
Here are my tips on how to make a green smoothie, from start to finish:
First thing's first: buy your ingredients!
When possible, you should always shop local. Not just because it's better for the environment and supports your community, but because it's often cheaper. Sometimes travelling fewer miles = less of a markup = less dough you have to dish out.
If you have the ability to buy your produce nearby and it's affordable, you should do that. Also get involved with your local CSA, if that's something that makes sense for you.
The key to making a green juice that's not only healthy but also tastes like something you could actually drink is balance. I like to do a nice blend of fruits and vegetables - this way, you'll actually eat vegetables, and the sweetness of the fruit will counteract any of that overpowering green veggie taste.
I tend to stick with:
kale, spinach, carrots, cucumber, berries, cherries, a banana
As soon as you have your veggies, wash them and chop them up. Because otherwise, it's just never going to happen - let's be real.
According to Eating on the Wild Side, tearing up your greens increases the antioxidant levels up to four times. So maybe do that.
In addition to the fruits and veggies, I also like to add:
a little water, 3-4 ice cubes, all natural oats, and chia seeds and wheatgrass powder if I have them (links for the types I use below)
If you find you're smoothie tasting a little too bitter (thanks, greens) you can add some lemon or lime juice...it helps to combat the bitterness without forcing you to add extra sugar by way of more fruits.
So, make a smoothie and show me! It's so not as bad as you think.
Oh, and here are those links I was talking about: