Stevia is an awesome natural sweetener for green smoothies (G.S.). I like KAL stevia and NOW stevia powders. You can also use liquid stevia. I have used Vanilla Cream from Sweet Leaf.
I started making green smoothies about 4 years ago. I was watching Oprah one day and Dr. Oz was on. He demonstrating how to make a green drink. It contained spinach, lemon, celery, parsley, apple and ginger. Luckily for me, I had just purchased a Blendtec blender.
So I went the the store and bought the ingredients and thus began my green smoothie journey. I discovered that I loved drinking my greens. I could get so much more nutrition than from eating a salad.
I made this Dr. Oz smoothie without variation for a couple of years before discovering Green Smoothie Girl. She opened my eyes to all the things that I could throw in a green smoothie. Since then I have come up with several variations to the Green Smoothie.
Green Smoothie Recipes
Dr. Oz G.S.
1 cup of water
2 cups of spinach
2 sticks of celery
1 small handful of parsley
juice of 1 lemon
1 tbs chopped ginger
1 tsp flaxseed oil
1/4 tsp stevia powder
Blend spinach and water in blender first. Throw in the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. It is important to add the flaxseed oil. Oils help the body absorb the nutrients. Enjoy! I sometimes drink it all and sometime save some for later.
Berry Berry G.S.
2 cups of water
1 cup of spinach
1 cup of kale or 2 handfuls
1-2 cups of frozen berries
1/4 teaspoon of stevia powder
Blend greens in water first, then blend in everything but the berries. Then blend in berries. I like to leave the berries a little chunky so I get that frozen smoothie texture.
Other Ingredients to Add to Your G.S.
There are tons of great ingredients to throw in your smoothie. I love to experiment. Sometimes it's delicious and sometimes not!
Greens - spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, swiss chard, collard greens, beet greens, and all other green leafy plants.
Fruits - apples, bananas, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, black berries, all berries, lime juice, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, orange juice, any juice, pears, melon, and most fruits.
Vegetables - celery, parsley, cilantro, beets, fennel, peppers, radishes, and non starchy vegetables.
Oils - flaxseed oil, olive oil, sunflower seed oil, grapeseed oil and argan oil.
Seeds - flaxseed, chia seed, and sunflower seeds.
Extras - cocoa powder, protein powder, nutritional yeast, maple syrup, raw honey, bee pollen, and other nutritional supplements.