Weight Loss Wednesday: Switch up Your Greens!

Most of us get the gist of green smoothies by now. You throw in your fruits, almond milk or water, and of course, your greens. I don’t have the scientific evidence to back this up, but I’m guessing if you asked a group of people what kind of greens they use in their smoothies, most would answer “spinach.” If they’re a bit more adventurous, they may answer “kale.”  Now, I know what you’re thinking, “…but what about all of those other lonely greens out there that are just dying to become one with the bananas and strawberries inside my blender?” Don’t worry! You can use them too!

Don’t feel bad if all you’ve been using up to this point is spinach and kale! Spinach is high in folic acid, vitamin A, and B vitamins and kale is filled with iron, calcium, and fiber!

If you’re ready to take the plunge, I recommend trying out Swiss chard first. It’s got a mild flavor, similar to spinach, so you won’t be giving your green smoothie loving taste buds too big of a surprise. Swiss chard is high in vitamins A and C, potassium, and iron! It also helps to boost your immune system, so I love to add it to smoothies whenever I’m feeling a bit under the weather. Just sub it wherever you would normally use spinach!

Another green that I love to add to my smoothies is romaine lettuce. It’s a green that most people just pass right over, but it’s high in vitamins A and C and is known to lower cholesterol. Romaine doesn’t pack as much of a nutrient punch as some other greens, so add more than you usually would! When a recipe calls for two cups, I usually add 3 or 4.

Here’s a recipe using romaine from Simple Green Smoothies:

“My Heart Romaines” … best name ever, right?

2 cups of romaine lettuce (I usually do three here)
1 cup of strawberries (with tops)
1 cup of frozen blueberries
1 clementine
1 banana
2 cups of water

So we’ve got spinach, kale, Swiss chard and romaine, but how about something a bit more challenging? How about arugula? Yes, the peppery stuff! A few people have given me strange looks when they I find out that I use arugula in some of my smoothies, but I stand by the fact that it’s a delicious addition! Arugula is high in fiber and low in calories; what more could you ask for?!

This is another Simple Green Smoothies original. It’s the first arugula smoothie I ever tried, and it’s one of my favorites!

“Berry Zinger”

1 cup of arugula
1 cup of spinach
1 cup of raspberries
1 cup of frozen mangos
1 banana
¼ of a lime, squeezed
2 cups of coconut water

Don’t forget that you can freeze all of your greens to keep them fresh for smoothies without losing any nutrients!

What are your favorite greens to use in smoothies? Ready to try something new? Share!

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2 Responses to Weight Loss Wednesday: Switch up Your Greens!

  1. Donna S. says:

    Please tell me exactly how to freeze greens for smoothies as I never knew green could freeze. Lastly, can I freeze all greens or just certain ones?
    Thanks!
    D

    • elyssa says:

      Just toss your favorite greens in a plastic (or preferably a reusable) bag and freeze! All veggies and greens freeze nicely.

      Thanks for reading, Donna!

      - E

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