When you think of green smoothies, you probably think of spinach first, right?
At least I did when I first started venturing into the world of making green smoothies at home.
Spinach is by far the most mild green, which makes it the no-brainer option when adding it as a smoothie ingredient (in fact, it’s the star green ingredient in the recipe I shared with you last week). The flavor of the greens are easily tempered by other ingredients after a nice whirl through the blender.
While spinach is a great starter green when you’re first dipping your toe into the world of green smoothies, over time you’ll want to start diversifying your greens to reap the benefits of many different vitamins and phytonutrients that the different varieties have to offer.
Each leafy green, like any other fruit or vegetable, has it’s own cocktail of beneficial traits and necessary vitamins, so it’s important to switch up your smoothie greens regularly. Even mamas like us need to pay attention to not overloading our bodies with too much of one good thing – and not enough of another.
Adding greens to smoothies is an excellent way to get that much-needed boost in energy most of us mamas with little ones at home are looking for, especially when we’ve hit that afternoon slump that I think you and I are all too familiar with. (Click here to read more about the benefits of green smoothies)
Some greens are a bit more “potent” than others, as you may already know. While they’re all great for you for varying reasons (we’ll get into that a bit more below), some just blend into smoothies better than their other leafy green friends.
Here are 5 greens to perk you and your smoothies up – in order of my own taste preference.
Swiss, Rainbow, or Red – they’re all great options. With a slightly similar taste to spinach, chard offers vitamins A, C, and K, magnesium, manganese, potassium and iron.
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