[tweetmeme source=”VeganChickie”] I’m nominating April as Green Smoothie Month here at Vegan Chickie. I will continue posting about my meals and desserts as usual, but during the month of April will also be showcasing some of my favourite green smoothie recipes.

For those of you not yet in the know, a green smoothie is exactly like it sounds, just imagine your favourite smoothie a startling shade of green and you’ll be picturing the right thing. They are made with fresh fruit, just like a regular smoothie, but it’s the addition of leafy greens that give them their amazing colour. Although they can look a bit scary, they taste great and since they are made with fresh fruit and leafy greens they are just about the healthiest things on earth! Not only that but they are also a magnificent way to get all your daily fruit and vegetable requirements in before you’ve even had breakfast!

The one thing you’ll need in order to have a successful green smoothie is a decent blender. It doesn’t have to be top of the line, but if your blender ends up making your greens stringy instead of smoothie then you just aren’t going to enjoy the green smoothie experience. We have a Kenwood Kmix 800W blender and it does a great job and didn’t cost the earth. If you have the budget for it, a Vitamix is always going to be a wonderful addition to your kitchen and comes highly recommended from lots of smoothie buffs around the world.

A good rule of thumb when making your smoothie is to have 60% fresh fruit and 40% leafy greens, which greens or fruit is totally up to you. As you are starting out you might find that you need a little more fruit than veg, just until you get used to drinking your green vegetables, but after just a few days you’ll find you need less and less fruit to get your desired sweetness.

A great trick is to make sure that you add some banana or avocado to your smoothie every day to give it a creamy texture. Below are a list of some of my favourite green smoothie ingredients, it will give you the chance to experiment with your own concoctions, but I’ll give you a much better idea as I come back through the month and share with you my favourite recipe ideas (and hopefully some not too frightening photography, but we’ll have to see about that!).

Leafy Greens:

  • Spinach
  • Silverbeet
  • Savoy Cabbage
  • Celery leaves
  • Green Oak Lettuce
  • Mint


  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Orange
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Peach
  • Mango
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