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The 10 Best Leafy Greens for Green Smoothies

There’s nothing quite like a green smoothie. Filled with phytonutrients, protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, green smoothies make us bright eyed and invigorated.

We all know it’s important to incorporate a wide variety of colors into your diet to ensure adequate nutrition, but what if we’re talking about that one simple, beautiful color: Green?

It’s important to eat a wide variety of greens to promote a healthy thyroid and keep your body functioning optimally.

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10 Best Leafy Greens

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Kale

Kale

Health Benefits

If you haven’t already jumped on the kale bandwagon, you probably should. Kale supplies your body with beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, calcium and fiber (that’s the short list). It’s also full of phytonutrients and antioxidants. The benefits of kale are more readily reaped when kale is blended. It’s true, we should all eat (and drink) more kale. Cleansing, heart and lung-protecting, immunity boosting, kale is the superstar of the super greens, and makes some pretty tasty smoothies if we do say so ourselves.

Taste

Earthy, green, fresh, fibrous, kale has a strong, semi-bitter flavor many people learn to love. Aspiring kale lovers may want to start with mellower baby kale for a more mild experience, then make their way up to lacinato kale and curly kale. Master these basic stepping stones of kale, and you’ll be an avid lover of the good stuff in no time.

Best Blended With

To offset the bitterness of kale, it is best blended with sweet fruits, like mangoes and bananas.

Blend up some kale in the Almond Joy Smoothie or the Orange Sunrise.

swiss chard

Swiss Chard

Health Benefits

Coming in a beautiful array of colors, swiss chard boasts an impressive nutritional profile. It’s rich in vitamins A, C, K, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and iron. This leaf will do wonders for bone, lung, and heart health. The phytonutrient content in swiss chard is quite unique, and is especially good at stabilizing blood sugar levels. Check out our Banana Nectarine Chard Smoothie and discover how versatile and delicious swiss chard can be!

Taste

Most folks find this tender green much more palatable than more fibrous ones like kale. With a pleasant and mild flavor, swiss chard can be compared to the likes of spinach.  However, it does have a slight bitter, earthy, ever so salty flavor.

Best Blended With

Since swiss chard has delicate leaves, it can be seamlessly blended into any smoothie. Swiss chard can be deliciously paired with flavorful fruits like banana, pineapple, and citrus.

You work chard to stay healthy: Try the Camu Camu Berry Berry or the Green Tea Nectarine next.

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Spinach

Spinach

Health Benefits

Did you know that one leaf of spinach has more than twenty different nutrients? Spinach is a miracle green that gives your skin a healthy glow, lowers blood pressure, fights cancer, improves vision and heart health, boosts immunity and energy, and acts as an anti-inflammatory. Rich in potassium, protein, calcium, iron, niacin and vitamins A, C, B, C and B-12, spinach should definitely be making its way to your blender. No wonder spinach is one of the most popular smoothie greens!

Taste

Most people find spinach quite mild. Baby spinach is especially easy on the tastebuds, making it a go-to green smoothie addition.

Best Blended With

Once again, the soft leaves of spinach make this superfood prime for blending. Our favorite fruits to blend with smoothies are strawberries, blueberries, apples and pears. Since these fruits are low in sugar, the spinach acts as a nice neutral green.

Try the Funky Monkey or the Pumpkin Seed and Cantaloupe Smoothie.

Beet Greens

Beet Greens

Health Benefits

Beets, a powerful root vegetable in their own right, bring a whole new level of nutrition to the table when you utilize those deep green leaves growing out of them. That’s right, optimize your consumption and cut down on waste; you can eat those greens! Beet greens are rich in vitamin A and C, and K and support healthy skin, blood, and bones. They also promote heart and eye health. Beets greens also contain the essential minerals calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, and manganese. Feeling adventurous? Try this smoothie!

Taste

Beets greens are very similar to swiss chard and spinach. Soft, mellow, and easily blendable. They are not as bitter as kale and dandelion, and they are easily hidden by just about any sweet fruit. Beet greens have a texture similar to Swiss chard, but with a milder flavor.

Best Blended With

The mild and dainty leaves of beets can be blended smoothly into almost any smoothie. The flavor of the greens will not overpower the flavor of your fruit of choice. Be adventurous. Try beet greens with grapes, peaches, apples, even figs!

Did someone say chocolate? Beet greens go great in the German Chocolate CakeRomain Lettuce

Romaine

Health Benefits

Crisp, mild, and highly nutritious, romaine lettuce is the perfect leafy green for green smoothie newbies. Romain lettuce provides an impressive amount of calcium, vitamin A, iron, B-vitamins, vitamin K, and the minerals copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. Afraid of green smoothies? Maybe not with this green!

Taste

Romaine lettuce is crisp and refreshing. The flavor is so mild, you can go undetected in smoothies. Try it out on some of the pickiest eaters you know! They’ll be green smoothie converts in no time.

Best Blended With

Honestly, the light and mellow flavor of romaine makes it ideal for any smoothie. You won’t be able to taste all the nutrients your giving your body with every sip.

Try the Ginger Wheatgrass Pear or the Green Coconut Cream Pie.

Arugula

Arugula

Health Benefits

Arugula is one fierce leafy green. It is rich in cancer fighting antioxidant, chlorophyll, vitamins A, C,  K, and B vitamins. Arugula gives your immune system and brain functions that boost it needs to stay strong. Arugula is also a great source of calcium. So blend up and strengthen your bones!

Taste

Arugula is bitter and peppery tasting. Bold in flavor, bold in health benefits! Right?!

Best Blended With

The strong flavor of arugula goes well with other strong tasting smoothie ingredients. We love being innovative with this powerful green by adding it to beets, and citrus. Using dried fruit, such as cherries, raisins, or dates also compliments the bitterness in the best possible way!

Turn things up with the a Beet with a Kick.

carrot tops

Carrot Tops

Health Benefits

The tops of carrots are edible and extremely nutritious! They are rich in chlorophyll and magnesium, making them super important for healthy blood pressure as well as blood purity. Rich in calcium, vitamin K, and potassium, carrot tops support healthy bones and muscles.

Taste

Carrot greens are bitter and astringent, but there is just a hint of sweetness in them as well. They are coarse and grainy when raw, but make great smoothie additions!

Best Blended With

Since carrot tops are bitter, they blend well with sweet fruit. We think ginger compliments the flavor of carrot tops perfectly! Try it for yourself. 

Bok Choy

Bok Choy

Health Benefits

A member of the brassica family, like cabbage, kale, and broccoli, bok choy is a wonderful alternative green when you’re stuck in a green smoothie rut. This powerful leafy vegetable has loads of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and calcium. Enhance immunity, bone strength, and heart health by incorporating bok choy into your diet.

Taste

Bok choy has a distinctive, bitter flavor. It tastes somewhat like spinach, only stronger. However, the leaves are tender, and much less bitter than kale.

Best Blended With

In green smoothies, the bitterness and earthiness of bok choy is easily masked by just about any fruit. We love it with papaya, pears, strawberries, and citrus. Here’s a winning combo if you’re feeling thirsty.

collard greens

Collard Greens

Health Benefits

Collard greens are a cruciferous vegetable related to cabbage, kale and broccoli. They have cleansing benefits and are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  These thick leaves are full of vitamins A, C, and K. They also provide your body with a healthy dose of fiber.

Taste

Collard greens are excellent green for smoothies. They are slightly more bitter than spinach, but less bitter than kale. The leaves of collard greens are sturdy, so blending these up with a high power blender is ideal to ensure smooth sipping.

Best Blended With

To offset any bitterness collard greens may add to your smoothie, we recommend blending them with flavorful fruits such as mango, pineapple, peaches, banana, or cherries. Collard on your mind? Here’s a recipe we love.

dandelion greens

Dandelion Greens

Health Benefits

Dandelion greens are not well known, but get ready world, this powerhouse leafy green is one impressive veggie. One of the best sources of calcium and iron, dandelion greens are high in vitamin A and vitamin C, which helps your body absorb the iron they provide! Cleansing to the liver, these super greens are also a complete protein. Consuming dandelion greens may lower your risk of cancer and stroke. They also act as an anti-inflammatory and promote eye, heart, and lung health.

Taste

Dandelion greens are quite bitter, even more bitter than kale. However, their nutritional profile helps sweeten up this leafy green, figuratively speaking.

Best Blended With

The bitter nature of dandelion greens make them ideal additions to smoothies containing very sweet and flavorful fruit. Try adding this nutritional punch to your kiwi, citrus, strawberry, or banana smoothies! Coconut water is also a great way to add some natural sweetness to more astringent greens, we know from experience.

Sips of Satisfaction

Getting in those greens doesn’t have to be a struggle! When you feel like ditching the fork, pick up a straw and drink them instead. With a plethora of options out there, each meal or snack represents an opportunity to practice self-love, creativity, and move you along on your health journey.

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