Green Smoothie Recipes Turn Salad into Something Special

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If you're like most people, you don't eat enough vegetables. Your kids probably don't, either. The good news is that you can pack about two to four servings of fruits and veggies into a sweet, delicious smoothie. Add some other key nutrients, like proteins and good fats, and you've created a meal that satisfies cravings, fills you up and gives you the nutrition you need.

Have you made a green smoothie before and found it disgusting? Fine tuning your ingredients can solve that problem. Here are 3 great recipes for green smoothies that pack a punch and taste great too. Just blend all the ingredients together and enjoy.

Smart Tips for Green Smoothie Recipes:

-If you don't have a high-tech blender like a Vitamix, cut your ingredients into small pieces before adding them to the blender.
-Use water kefir or kombucha instead of juice or water, and use dairy kefir instead of milk in any smoothie recipe. You'll add powerful probiotics. Substitute fruit juice or water if you don't have this on hand.
-adding a tiny bit of lime can take away some of the bitterness of the greens, although their taste is normally masked by the other ingredients.
-freezing the ingredients or adding ice can make your smoothie thicker, colder and more delicious.

Sneaky Strawberry Smoothie

1 cup kale
1/2 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen; leave the green tops on if you can)
1 cup watermelon
3 TBSP hemp hearts, cashews or almonds
1 cup water kefir or kombucha

Fiber-Filled Green Juice

1 green apple
1 celery stalk
1/2 cucumber
1 cup kale
3 TBSP hemp hearts, cashews or almonds
1 cup water kefir or kombucha
Sliver of lime with peel (seriously smaller than a slice)

Greenia Colada

1 cup kale
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup coconut water or coconut milk (can substitute kefir for less coconut flavor)
1 TBSP chia seeds
2 TBSP shredded unsweetened coconut

Next time you've been overindulging in sweet summer treats, blend up a salad smoothie instead using one of these green smoothie recipes. You can turn any of these into ice pops too. Just add an extra few tablespoons of sugar (they won't taste as sweet once they're frozen) and freeze using molds. Looking for a post-5-o'clock treat? Add a dash of rum to the pina colada green smoothie recipe. At least the other ingredients are healthy.

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