Smoothies can taste great, but often the ones that you buy from Jamba or Booster Juice are so full of sugar and mysterious base mixtures that it kind of cancels out the point of having a healthy snack.  Depending on if you think the convenience is worth it or not, they’re also pricey!  If you make your own, you can make just the way you like it and you know what’s going into it.
Personally, I think it’s pretty easy to get all the fruit you need in a day, but that’s not always the case for veggies. Many people just aren’t big fans of veggies (especially raw, or sans ranch or cheese sauce).  But with the right ingredient combinations, you can’t even tell that there are veggies in your smoothie!
Here’s a handy chart for making a great Green Smoothie:
Pick 1 from A, 2 from B, 1 from C, and add 1 cup of ice.  Blend it up, and you’re set!
Pro tips:

  • You can use frozen fruit in place of ice
  • Blend up your greens with the liquid first to help get rid of the chunkers
  • If you really want to mask the veggie taste, use strong fruit (raspberries>apple or pear, for example)
  • Greek yogurt is the bomb.  I could rave about it all day.