Guest Post – How to make the Perfect Green Smoothie

by Her Happy Balance on August 20, 2013

Hey everyone! I’m so happy to be guest posting for Leslee today. She is such a sweetheart and I love Her Happy Balance, so I was really excited when she asked me to guest post. Hopefully she’s having an amazing time at the beach!

A little background on me: My name is Erin and I’m 22 years old. I just graduated college, just got married, just moved to Nebraska from Pennsylvania for my husband’s job, and just started my career as a marketer. Life has been pretty hectic lately! I also run the blog Girl Gone Veggie where I write about working on my fitness, eating a mostly plant based diet, and just life in general.

Something to know about me is that I love smoothies. And while I love all smoothies, I particularly love green ones.

My stepmom and I are known for making gargantuan smoothies. The powerful motor in the Vitamix lets us get away with putting pretty much anything in there.

The thing I realized as I started learning more about smoothies is that there is actually a formula to getting a healthy, filling smoothie. After all, who wants to drink hundreds of calories and feel hungry twenty minutes later?

Another important thing I learned about smoothies: as healthy as they may be you also want them to taste good. I know that brown liquid looks pretty gross but I swear it tastes amazing.

Over the years that I’ve been making green smoothies I think I got my formula down pretty well. Everyone has a different mix that works for them but I thought it would be fun to share mine.

Some notes about this:

1. The sweeter the fruit you use the sweeter your smoothie will be. I love throwing in some mangos and/or pineapples. It’s fun to play around with the combinations.

2. Never skip the banana. I haven’t figured out why the banana is so critical but without it my smoothies always taste gross. If I don’t have a banana I’ll skip making a smoothie that day.

3. The chia seeds add healthy fat to allow your body to soak up the nutrients in the fruit. Without fat your body isn’t able to break down a lot of needed nutrients in food.

4. I use hemp protein powder out of all the protein powders out there because it is the only protein from a plant source that is a complete protein. It also just tastes good.

Green smoothies are a routine way I start my morning. It’s fun to drink your fruits and veggies!

Questions of the Day: Do you like green smoothies? What’s your favorite way to make them?

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Chelsea @ LittleOneRuns August 20, 2013 at 9:05 am

Banana’s are high in sugar? I think haha. Plus when frozen, they make the smoothie milkshake texture :D. I haven’t made a green smoothie YET. I love my fruit smoothies, and and playing with the idea of making it green. Maybe I’ll use this recipe 🙂

Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures August 20, 2013 at 9:28 am

Haha, bananas are important because they’re are one of the highest in content for sugar out of all the fruits in the land! 🙂 This is awesome, I love green smoothies too! My roomie experiments with this all the time and a banana always makes it better. 🙂

Heather @Pinakholic Fitness August 20, 2013 at 10:58 am

Happy you guest posted today! I truly love gust posts, such a great way to meet other bloggers you may have never followed before!

I love love love smoothies also! I am actually holding a smoothie challenge September 1st-14th and you should sign up! I have all the information on my blog!

Can’t wait to start following another smoothie lover! : )

Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom August 20, 2013 at 11:05 am

I like green smoothies but they are so unphotogenic! I love putting spinach into mine with a bunch of fruit and chocolate protein powder. I will definitely keep the banana in mind!

Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat August 20, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Smoothies are the best! This one sounds wonderful and I can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for sharing!

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