Start with your favorite fruit smoothie and add just a small handful of fresh spinach before blending. Other than looking a little greener, you won’t even know that the spinach is there because you won’t be able to taste it. But your body will know because it will get even more nutrients.
Every time you make your fruit smoothie, add another handful of fresh spinach until eventually you are adding about 2 cups. If you find that you can taste the spinach and don’t like it, back off slightly on the amount of spinach and keep making your smoothies with that amount until you get used to it. Try gradually increasing the spinach again. You may be able to get all the way to 2 cups or you may have to back off and get used to another level before getting to 2 cups. If you don’t have enough room for the spinach and all the fruit, use a little less fruit.
Next you can start mixing it up by substituting part of the spinach with other leafy green vegetables, such as kale, Swiss chard, or collard greens. These are all fairly mild in taste. By now you will be used to having greens in your smoothie. See which ones you like.
Experiment with adding other veggies such as carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, cucumber, beets, red bell peppers, or celery. If you like spice, try adding some fresh jalapeno. Meanwhile you could (but you don’t have to) cut down on the amount of fruit to accommodate the extra veggies. Find the right combination of fruit and veggies so that you like the taste of your smoothie.
Before you know it, you will be enjoying fresh green smoothies and your body will love you for it! To see my signature green smoothie recipe, look under the “Healthy Recipes” tab on this website.