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Green Smoothies - Emerald Mango Recipe

Updated on April 4, 2011
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Green Smoothies

Green smoothies are an emerging presence in the mainstream world of fruit smoothie domination. Popularized by raw food diets, interest in green smoothies has grown tremendously and many great smoothie recipes and resources are available on the internet these days. 

Green smoothies are any combination of greens (often baby spinach, lettuce, and/or kale) blended with fruit as the basis for a satisfying, healthy smoothie. Smoothies with added greens (or vegetables in general) boost nutritional content and are limited only to one's imagination.

There are endless possibilities when combining fruits and greens in a smoothie. Experimenting is to your advantage and the following is a recipe I discovered doing just that. As I personally enjoy green smoothies, I'm glad to share this information with you. I can think of few other ways to get your greens easily than in a simple to make, delicious green smoothie.


Before You Start

Making a green smoothie is just like making any other at home. Details vary from person to person but the basics remain the same: juice/liquid + fruit + vegetables + ice. Typically, smoothies contain some kind of frozen fruit and some choose to rely on that in lieu of adding ice.

Again, experiment with what works for you and remember, using more fresh fruits and vegetables (versus frozen) yields greater health benefits. While using a high-power blender like a BlendTec or Vita-Mix is not necessary (although a worthwhile purchase), keep in mind that using a good quality blender is important in producing a smooth, well-blended final product. This is especially helpful for allowing the versatile flavors of fruits and vegetables better complement each other in the smoothie.


Emerald Mango Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and chopped into medium-sized pieces
  • 1 medium apple, peeled (unless organic), cut into medium-sized pieces
  • 1 large, ripe mango, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups baby spinach (or several handfuls)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup ice or 5-10 icecubes

Combine all ingredients and blend on high until smooth (at least 1-2 minutes depending on blender). Serve immediately and enjoy.

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Additional Tips

Consider the above as a blueprint for making green smoothies. There really isn't any right or wrong way. Substitutions are easily made (and encouraged) and adjusting amounts of ingredients is a likely eventuality. Let your creativity flow but start conservatively if you know you struggle with the taste of greens or vegetables.

Don't be afraid to try different greens, fruits, and vegetables (swiss chard, mixed baby greens, celery, parsley, pineapple, bananas, berries, oranges, kiwis etc.). You can also exchange whole fruits or vegetables for their juice counterparts (eg. pomegranate juice, celery juice) or use soy milk or nut milks for a liquid component. While using plenty of fruit adds natural sweetness and balances the taste of vegetables in a smoothie, many choose to add additional sweeteners like dates or agave nectar.

Happy Blending!

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    • Joanna Verdan profile image

      Joanna Slodownik 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      This definitely sounds delicious. I would also throw in a banana or a piece of avocado to make it more creamy.

    • sharing the sky profile imageAUTHOR

      sharing the sky 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Chin chin- Yes, green smoothies are a nice way of getting in daily fruits and vegetables, especially if one needs a change from salads. Glad you could stop by, thanks!

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      Chin chin 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      I haven't tasted smoothies with vegetables in them. Maybe I could try your recipe one of these days for a boost in vegetable nutrition. Thanks for the recipe.

    • sharing the sky profile imageAUTHOR

      sharing the sky 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Om- Thanks for the suggestion! I occasionally throw in a hint of ginger but it'd be neat to try lemongrass. I think green smoothies can get quite creative so it's fun to try new things.

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      7 years ago

      Very nice. Sounds like a good combination of tastes. One ingredient I usually put in my green smoothies is lemongrass. It doesn't add much taste to the smoothie but lends it a wonderful aroma. :)

    • sharing the sky profile imageAUTHOR

      sharing the sky 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Tina-yes, isn't that green color lovely? That's one reason why I love green smoothies-they look good AND taste good. I'm glad to hear you'll try some!

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      Christina Lornemark 

      7 years ago from Sweden

      Thanks for those green ideas for smoothies! I love the green colour it makes the smoothies look really tasty and I will try it next time! Tina

    • sharing the sky profile imageAUTHOR

      sharing the sky 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the comment, AliciaC! I definitely agree; one reason I started making and drinking green smoothies was to get my vegetables for the day. I'm glad to hear you and others are doing the same.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the recipe and ingredient ideas. I always add salad greens to my fruit smoothies. It's a good way to boost vegetable intake for the day, and as you say, the fruit balances the taste of the vegetables.

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