5 Green Smoothies That Actually Taste Good

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Adding vegetables to your smoothies is a great way to eat your greens! Green smoothies can sound like a good idea until you take one sip and realize it tastes horrible. If you’re looking for smoothies that are packed with vegetables and other nutrients yet taste delicious, VALLEY has you covered. All you need is a good blender and a handful of ingredients to make these recipes!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Smoothie
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If you’re a fan of chocolate and peanut butter, look no further. Even if you hate spinach, you would never know it’s in this yummy, protein-packed shake.

What you’ll need:
  • 1 frozen chopped banana (peeled)
  • 1 cup tightly-packed fresh spinach
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup milk (dairy milk, almond milk, etc.)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey (if needed)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • (optional topping: mini semisweet chocolate chips)
What youll do:
  1. Pulse in blender until combined
  2. Top with chocolate chips if you want an extra treat
Cauliflower Cinnamon Bun Smoothie
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Putting a cauliflower in a smoothie seems scary until you realize 1) you can’t taste it and 2) it makes your smoothie so creamy. Also, putting cinnamon in your smoothie like this can help reduce inflammation and can act as an antioxidant, according to Insider.com 

What you’ll Need:
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen raw cauliflower 
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 scoop vegan chocolate protein powder of choice or sub 1-2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 Medjool date
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 5 drops pure stevia (or use 2 dates)
  • Handful ice
What you’ll Do:
  1. Blend until combined and enjoy!
Kale Blueberry Smoothie
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The kale and banana will help you feel satisfied and full of energy. But thanks to the sweet blueberries and honey, you won’t taste any of the bitter kale. Plus, kale and blueberries are two of the best antioxidant foods you can eat, so not only is this smoothie yummy, it’s packed with nutrients too. 

What you’ll Need:
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup chopped kale, packed
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
What You’ll Do:
  1. Blend until creamy and enjoy!
Sweet Green Smoothie
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A mix of kale and spinach, this smoothie is naturally sweet because of the other ingredients mixed in. This smoothie is especially great for preventing colds as it’s filled with “immune-boosting” foods. Don’t let the green color fool you!

What You’ll Need:
  • 1 cup roughly chopped spinach and kale, packed tightly
  • 1 1/2 cups Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond milk (or a milk of your choice)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mix of mango, pineapple, and kiwi chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
What You’ll Do:
  1. Add spinach and kale to a blender with the milk and blend well.
  2. Add the frozen fruit, ginger and lemon and blend until smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add more milk 1 tablespoon at a time.
Almond Chai Green Smoothie
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Want to spice up your chai tea latte in the morning? Try a chai smoothie! This smoothie is a great breakfast alternative, especially if you’re not a fan of fruitier-tasting smoothies.

What You’ll Need:
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder of choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 scoop natural, smooth almond butter
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • optional: 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
What You’ll Do:
  1. Add ingredients to a blender in the order listed.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Serve with toppings of choice (ex: hemp seeds, cinnamon, almond butter)

Which bowl is your favorite? Let us know @VALLEYMag

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