We all know smoothies are a great way to get your nutrients in one go. However, sometimes we get carried away and our smoothies end up tasting like pond scum. So if you are wondering how to make a green smoothie taste good, here are a few tips!
13 Ways To Make a Green Smoothie Taste Good
1. Follow the 60/40 ratio
I don’t think anyone really likes the taste of only green juice. It basically tastes like you are drinking grass. When you add fruits to smoothies you get a yummy glass of smoothie deliciousness!
Some of our favorite fruits to add to smoothies are mangoes, pineapples, passion fruit, bananas, grapes, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, papaya, peaches, or watermelon. If you don’t have access to fresh fruits you can use frozen fruit such as frozen strawberries or frozen blueberries.
2. Pick your greens and vegetables carefully
When trying green smoothie recipes it is best to use milder tasting greens such as kale, spinach and collard greens. These vegetables tend to have a neutral flavour.
Some greens tend to have a more distinct taste that will overpower the taste of a smoothie. If you are adding other types of vegetables you can add vegetables such as cabbage, beet roots or carrots.
3. Slightly steam the vegetables
Sometimes I slightly steam my leafy greens and vegetables to minimize the green, grassy taste. Keep in mind you only slightly steam them, just barely, do not overdo it.
4. Use Bananas
I sincerely believe bananas can make any smoothie taste good. In my mind bananas tend to make smoothies taste like a blended fruit punch. When selecting bananas the riper the better. If you don’t have ripe banana available you can use a frozen banana.
5. Use Mangoes
Mangoes have a naturally sweet flavor and are a great addition to any green smoothie recipe. Mangoes can be used fresh or frozen and add a nice tropical flavor to your smoothie.
6. Use Pineapples
Pineapples are another go to favourite when making smoothies. Are you dreaming of a pina colada on the beach! Well you can make a healthy version with some of the pineapple smoothie recipes on your site.
7. Use Dates as a Sweetener
Dates can be used as a sweetener for your smoothies. They have a rich, caramel, buttery flavour. Dates are a great addition if you want to make a healthy chocolate milkshake smoothie.
Dates combine well with almond milk and cacao powder or cacao nibs. I have tried using pitted dates in my green smoothies. Surprisingly I didn’t need many to sweeten my smoothies; you will find two to three dates will work.
8. Use Passion Fruits
9. Add Ginger
Ginger is not only a healthy addition to your smoothie but the sharp, tangy, zesty taste helps to disguise the green, grassy taste of smoothies. One warning: don’t use too much ginger in your smoothie!!
10. Use fruit juice instead of water
My favorite fruit juice to use with smoothies is orange juice. A close runner-up is pineapple juice.
The sweet flavor of the juice offsets the green, grassy taste of smoothies. If you are using fruit juice add ginger to the mix and you have the perfect smoothie concoction.
11. Add Yogurt or Kefir
Yogurt and Kefir are a great way to add protein and calcium to your smoothies. The distinct taste of yogurt and kefir offsets the green, grassy taste of smoothies.
Keep in mind when adding yogurt or kefir to your smoothie you need to add a sweetener.
12. Add Lime or Lemon
The tart, zingy taste of lemons or limes will disguise the taste of any green smoothie. Keep in mind though that you need to add a sweetener to offset the sourness of the lime or lemon.
However, the final product will taste like a version of lemonade even with a lot of green vegetables.
13. Keep it Simple
The beauty of smoothies is it is a great way to get a lot of healthy stuff in a glass. In other words it’s a whole meal on the go.
However, sometimes we get a bit carried away and start adding 101 ingredients to our smoothie and end up with a blender full of brown sludge that has us gagging when we try to swallow it.
So my final tip is keep your green smoothies simple, add two to four ingredients and leave it there, don’t get carried away and start adding tons of ingredients, especially if you have just started making smoothies.
I hope you have found our list of suggestions useful and please feel free to try them all and see which method works best for you. If you have tried some of the ingredients in our list above, let us know which item on our list is your favorite.