Green smoothies are an incredible way to start your day. I'm a vegetarian who doesn't like salads, so green smoothies are a great way for me to get my daily intake of leafy greens. (And they taste much better than a salad). I've shared lots of yummy recipes, so now I want to share some tips that I have picked up over the past year as I became a green smoothie queen.
Green Smoothie Tips
1. Save money on produce by shopping a variety of ways. Our staple store for green smoothie ingredients is Sam's Club (if we had Costco, I would be there in a heartbeat). We get frozen blueberries, strawberries and their fresh organic spinach. You can't get much cheaper than this. If your grocery store is having a great sale on fresh produce, stock up, wash it and freeze it for smoothies!
Another option is to pick your our own berries when the prices dropped at the fields and store them in the freezer. We got 50 pounds of strawberries for $21 a few months back. It was insane!
2. Defrost berries in the fridge a few days in advance. At the beginning of the week, I'll take out a few cups of the frozen berries and store in tupperware dishes in the fridge to defrost. This saves me time when I make the smoothies— don't have to defrost the berries every day. And I think the sweetness really comes out in the smoothie when the berries are defrosted and juicy. Also, blueberries turn smoothies from green to purple, which is a great disguise for those picky eaters.
3. You don't really need to measure the ingredients. I just throw everything in the blender and call it good. Some days I want more sweetness so I'll add more strawberries. Other days I pack in the spinach and cut back on strawberries (usually to make up for eating crap food earlier in the day.) It's a very forgiving recipe.
4. Reuse Starbucks venti cold drink cups for smoothies on the go! They are a great size, easy to clean and can be reused many times. If I am on the go, I can throw a lid on it and not worry about spills— and I can toss the cup when I am done. Reason #5689 that I love Starbucks.
5. Clean the blender right after you make the smoothie. If you wait, the food gets stuck on it and it's a pain to clean. I blend, pour into cups, and immediately fill blender with warm water and soap to start the cleaning process