I’ve been a long time green juicing advocate. I love juicing everyday and coming up with new green juice recipes. Some people swear by smoothies and while I was once reluctant, I find myself enjoying a green smoothie now and then. They are super tasty and packed full of essential vitamins and minerals!
Before I share with you my spicy green smoothie recipe, I want to talk about why I was reluctant to make smoothies (vs. juicing).
For one, I don’t like milk or any milk substitute (think yogurt, almond milk, coconut milk/water, etc.). Many smoothies call for these “creamy” ingredients, which I just cannot personally do (yuk – not for me!).
The second reason I’ve been so hesitant to make smoothies is because of the large fruit content, which means they have a high sugar and calorie content as well. I tried making smoothies with more vegetables than fruit and they are pretty disgusting. The texture and flavor are all wrong.
That said, I have found myself enjoying some green smoothies now and then – and even craving them like I crave green juice! They are easier to make as they require less clean up and you can use frozen fruit, which, let’s face it, requires less shopping and prep work!
Green smoothies work similarly to juicing in that they allow your digestion system to rest while you pack in a nutrient dense liquid snack or meal replacement. The digestion might take a little longer since you’re retaining the fiber in the smoothies vs. juicing, but you won’t have to work very hard to digest the ingredients since they’re thoroughly blended before they enter your digestive tract.
If you want to try a great green smoothie with a little kick, give my spicy green smoothie a try. No funky milks or add-ins. Just fresh from the earth ingredients.
If you want to read more about juicing, read my article, The Case for Green Juicing Your Way to Health!