Green smoothies are a great, energising way to start the morning and incorporate the goodness of greens, with the sweetness of fruit.
To make a great green smoothie, mix green leaves and fruit (except fibrous fruit such as citrus fruits) in the ratio 1:2 by volume (1 part green leaves and 2 parts fruit) and blend with 1 part water. Flavourings could be added as needed (ginger, mint, lemon zest). Smoothies should not be strained. Never add vegetables (such as cucumber, broccoli and zucchini), nuts or seeds to a green smoothie. You may make a smoothie with just melons and greens, but never mix melons and other fruits in the same smoothie. You do not need to add water when using melons.
It’s best to alternate between different kinds of greens on different days – spinach, mint, coriander, celery greens, spring onion greens, bok choy, beetroot greens, basil, betel leaves, etc. Bananas, mangoes, papaya, chikoo, grapes, passionfruit and other pulpy fruits make good smoothies. You could add microgreens in smoothies to pack in more nutrients.