Best Liquids For Green Smoothies


Best Liquids for Green Smoothies

Lets talk about liquids!  You know the stuff you mindlessly dump in your smoothie just so you can liquify greens? Yeah, that stuff.  Well the liquids can actually bring something to the smoothie table. Here are some of my favorites:

coconuts

1. Coconut water (Not to be confused with coconut milk — don’t worry; we will get to that later.)

So I really love this stuff — like A LOT.  This is the healthiest “Gatorade” on the planet. It is full of electrolytes and potassium. It has fewer calories, less sodium and more potassium than a sports drink, all great for the body when you are exercising. When I was at the Boston Marathon expos they were sampling coconut water. In fact John Isner credits coconut water to keeping him hydrated and on top of his game at Wimbledon. He mixes it with sea salt and drinks it during the marathon.

But WHICH one should you buy? You can buy a young coconut that you actually hacksaw yourself and drain the liquid — it’s actually kind of fun, you feel like you are on Survivor. You can also buy pasteurized coconut water at health food stores, Costco, and even some health food stores. The last option is unpasteurized, my favorite.  Each has its pros and cons. Read more about that here.

 

Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk

(I chose this brand to show because it is the easiest to find in most grocery stores. I like to buy my coconut milk at an Asian grocery store to save money, so I use a different brand.)

2. Coconut milk (Not to be confused with aforementioned, coconut water.)

Mmmmm. Want a real treat?  Add part of a can of full-fat coconut milk to your smoothies along with coconut water or water. What?! Add fat?? But isn’t the point of green smoothies to notice your clothes fit better? Adding fat to your smoothies is SUPER important. It actually helps your body absorb all the nutrients in the yummy greens that you are eating. A lot of the nutrients that are in the veggies you are drinking are fat soluble. Meaning, they need the little fat bus to pick them up and drop them off throughout the body. Without the fat some of the vitamins don’t get used by the body properly. An easy tip to make your coconut milk stretch farther is to freeze it in ice cube trays. Then just pop in some coconut milk cubes for a creamy treat. This is also a great way to make ice cream without an ice cream maker.

You can also buy coconut milk in a carton. It doesn’t have the same amount of healthy fats but it still makes the smoothies really creamy. Just check to make sure it isn’t loaded with unrecognizable ingredients.

 

almond milk

3. Almond milk

Love this stuff. In fact it is incredibly easy to make on your own.  In my Real Foods Made Easy program, we have a 30-second almond milk recipe. Literally it takes less than a minute to make. Or the other option is to buy almond milk. Make sure the almond milk you are buying doesn’t contain carrageenan, an additive that we don’t know a lot about yet but could pose some health threats. Off the top of my head, I know that Silk and Sprouts brands do not have it, but check your favorite brand to make sure.

 

water

 

3. Water

This is my go to. It is free, always on hand, and SO good for you. In fact if you feel drained of energy or feel constantly hungry, you might just need H20. Another perk to water is it keeps your skin hydrated. “Water naturally plumps skin, fills in fine lines and wrinkles, and boosts a lackluster complexion,” says Howard Murad, M.D. Here’s to beautiful skin ladies!

fresh squeezed orange juice

4. Juice

Fresh-squeezed orange juice is SO good in smoothies. Fresh is best when it comes to juices. So get out your old juice maker and press some oranges. Note that juice does spike the sugar content in the smoothies so counter balance it with some fruit that isn’t as sugary (think berries, apples, “cold weather fruit”).  I love to make green smoothie “monster pops.” I freeze a green smoothie of baby kale, orange juice, strawberries, vanilla, and a dash of honey. I call them Monster Pops and the whole neighborhood loves them. These are really fun molds fun molds to make them in, or for portable ones I love these too.

 

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7 Responses to Best Liquids For Green Smoothies

  1. Danelle says:

    I’m surprised I haven’t seen this suggested for any of the smoothie recipes I see on line….my favorite liquid to add is green tea. (As long as I remember to brew it ahead of time so it can cool down!)

  2. Becky Smith says:

    I think the hardest thing is having to go to 4 different grocery stores for the specialty items and bet prices on different things… Would love advice on how to rotate shopping in stores and not be in the store everyday for different things! 🙂

  3. annette says:

    Are you going to have all your ’30-day challenge’ recipes on your site? I’m not a subscriber to Facebook (yes, I know, probably the only one). I would like to try it – sounds great!

  4. Bethany says:

    Can I ask why you don’t suggest soy milk? That is what I have typically used.

  5. These can be great for kids too! Our girl scout troop just did an experiment with green smoothies – first we gave all the kids small samples to taste, then asked them what was in it. They all freaked out when they found out, but lots came back for more! It’s all perception and packaging!
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  6. Charmaine says:

    I would love to get my diabetic husband on board. He does have anything that has sugar or could convert to sugar in it i.e. orange juice. What can I offer him in a green smoothie that would taste good and have no carbs at all in it?

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