The green smoothie has gotten a bit of a bad reputation as being good for you but not so great tasting . . that is, until now.  With a little experimenting, it turns out, your can make a green smoothie taste great.

There is a secret to making a great tasting green smoothie.

A green smoothie is one of the best healthy breakfast ideas as it is quick and easy to prepare and is great fuel before you start a busy day or a morning workout. However, to get a smoothie green usually means it is made with everyone’s favourite salad ingredients . . . spinach, avocado or kale. And this is where the enthusiasm is lost.

A green smoothie should not be feared. Ingredients like spinach or avocado means this healthy breakfast is packed full of fiber, vitamin A, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and folate! No wonder the green smoothie is all the rage. There are a few secret ingredients that can boost your green smooth both in nutrition and taste.

An important ingredient in every smoothie, especially when talking about healthy snacks and healthy breakfast ideas, is protein. Important for preventing muscle loss as we age, protein is also what can transform a smoothie from a drink into a meal. There is 21 grams of high quality protein in a single scoop of Boomer Nutrition ENERGY Vanilla Protein Powder which will fill you up and helps control hunger between meals. But lets face it, a green protein smoothie can be healthy and good for you, but if it doesn’t taste good, you will not be drinking it.

Make a Great Tasting Green Smoothie

Secret Ingredient #1

Lime

Really. Just 2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed or bottled lime juice added to your blender or bullet and your green smoothie is going to rock.

Two of my favourite lime recipes are the Morning Mojito Protein Smoothie and the Refreshing Lime Green Protein Smoothie.

The Refreshing Lime Green Protein Smoothie offers a healthy blend of spinach and lime, with more than 25 grams of protein from a scoop of vanilla protein powder and greek yogurt. A banana could be added to the Morning Mojito Protein Smoothie, but what this recipe is lacking in the fruit or spinach department it more than makes up for in taste.  I mean, a mojito that is packed with protein and good for you, why wouldn’t this make your favourite breakfasts top 10 list?

Secret Ingredient #2

Honey or Maple Syrup

A little sweetness can enhance the flavours of any smoothie and adding 1 tablespoon of natural honey or pure maple syrup is a great way to do this. Many smoothie recipes don’t require the additional sweetness but if you find the taste of a particular green smoothie just isn’t pleasing, try adding honey or maple syrup before banning green smoothies forever.

Two very good green smoothies that benefits from the addition of a touch of honey or maple syrup are the Green Tea Protein Smoothie and the Tropical Avocado Protein Smoothie.

I love getting the added benefits of the healthy fats found in avocado in my morning smoothie and the mango and pineapple in the Tropical Avocado Protein Smoothie make it a perfect combination.  The Green Tea Protein Smoothie lets you get your caffeine fix while also enjoying the health benefits of the green tea and added spinach, yes, spinach in this one too.

Secret Ingredient #3

Greek Yogurt

Packed with protein, probiotics, calcium and B12, just a little goes a long way to thickening your smoothies and adding to its health benefits.  A greek yogurt with added honey or vanilla for taste may enhance the flavour of your green smoothie and eliminate the need for any other added sweeteners.

All of the above green smoothies contain some greek yogurt with the exception of the Tropical Avocado Protein Smoothie.  I find the avocado and frozen fruit thickens and sweetens it just enough, but feel free to add some greek yogurt when you try this recipe.  It will only add to the health benefits of our daily green smoothie.

Don’t let the colour fool you, these green smoothies are a fabulous way to get a healthy breakfast and their distinct flavours makes them a refreshing healthy smoothie to enjoy any time of the day.

When it comes to the healthy green smoothie, I say drink up!