Green smoothies have been growing in popularity for several years now – I don’t think there’s anyone who hasn’t tried one yet! As I did with my post Green Smoothies: Five Beginner Mistakes – and How to Avoid Them, I follow the recommendations of the green-smoothie guru Victoria Boutenko.*

Hannah Frey Grüner Smoothie© Franzi Schädel

1. Starchy vegetables

It’s better to leave starchy veggies out of green smoothies, since they can cause digestive issues when combined with fruits and leafy greens. Starchy vegetables include roots like carrots, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, beetroot, celeriac, and sweet potatoes.

Artichokes, eggplant broccoli, fennel, garlic, kohlrabi, pumpkin, leek, corn, asparagus, and onions are also not so ideal for a green smoothie; most of them can, however, be juiced (note that corn, asparagus, onions, potatoes, and radishes aren’t really great for juicing).

Perfect for both green smoothies and juices are the greens of some of the roots mentioned above: carrot greens, radish greens, kohlrabi greens, etc.!

2. Legumes

Beans and lentils don’t really work in green smoothies either – again, because it’s not so great for digestion. Save them for a proper meal!

3. Grains

The situation with grains is similar to the one with legumes: grains in green smoothies make digestion more difficult. (In non-green smoothies, by the way, including my Coffee Banana Smoothie and the Basic Recipe for a Power Breakfast: Smoothie Bowl, I’ll often toss in some oat flakes or other grain flakes in order to add bulk and energy and make the smoothie more filling overall.)  

4. Dairy products

Milk, yogurt, quark, whey powder, and so on are best omitted from green smoothies. The reason is that protein and carbohydrates (from vegetables or green leaves and fruit) are digested differently, so consuming them together can complicate digestion.

5. Cooked foods

Leave out anything boiled, sewed, baked, or roasted! Think raw and fresh!

For more info on Green Smoothies, click here. Happy blending! :-)

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