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#Itsallgreen is something you will see me tweeting, sharing on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

When I consume more greens through salads, vegetables, dips, juices and smoothies I feel more alive. I try to get as much green into my diet as possible. I do this by following the Bikini Body Program and focusing on the most natural choices within the program.

I personally have green juice every morning. Sometimes a green smoothie will be my morning or afternoon snack as well.

I have been asked a million questions about making green juice and smoothies so I’m going to take this opportunity to answer them in simple point form. I am also including my favorite juicing and smoothie recipes below (some of which you will recognize from other posts I have done).

If you do not own a juicer at this time there are a couple options for you. Using fruit, spinach, kale, lettuce or whichever greens you choose is a fabulous option for you to create green smoothies in your blender. Don’t feel you are missing out on the green train if you don’t own a juicer. It took me almost 7 years into my health journey to buy one.
 

 

Green Juice vs Green Smoothies

What is the difference between green juices and green smoothies?

When you juice you are extracting the pure liquid from the fruits and vegetables that you juice. There is no fiber.

When you make smoothies the entire fruit or vegetable is used so you are also consuming the fiber.

I personally believe juicing and making smoothies are equally important and healthy. From my personal experience I can say that when I consume green juice I feel energized, alive, renewed, vibrant and healthy. When I drink green smoothies I feel the same way but also full.
 

Juicing and Blending Appliances

What are the best juicing and smoothie machines?

The juicer I have is the Breville Fountain Elite Juicer. I adore it and think it is the best.

For smoothies if you want to really blend vegetables and fruit the Vitamix Blender is the way to go. That being said, both of these appliances are a significant monetary investment. They are the best of the best.

I personally never feel guilty investing in my health. I put my health number one in my life. At the end of the day when I am healthy I can fully enjoy my life, others, myself and give fully to everyone around me.

One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was to never feel guilty spending money on healthy food and the things that support a healthy life.
 

Mixing Green Juice and Smoothies

I see sometimes you have green juice smoothies. What are these?

If I’m feeling extra hungry in the morning I will take my green juice, place it in the blender and blend it with frozen mango, a banana or mixed berries. This gives my green juice an ice cream texture, makes it more filling and gives it that fruity boost.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match smoothies – life it short lol.
 

Liquid Bases for Green Smoothies

What liquids do you use for a base in your smoothies?

As I said above sometimes I simply use my fresh green juice from the day. Other times I will use natural coconut water, pure water, unsweetened almond milk or fresh juice I’ve made with my juicer (grapefruit, watermelon, pineapple, apple, orange, lemonaide, limeaide, etc).

Always go with the most natural, basic ingredients. Keep it simple, keep it clean and keep it pure.
 

 

The Best Healthy Green Juice and Smoothie Tips

What should I have prepped for smoothies?

In my freezer I always have:

  • Chopped Frozen Banana
  • Mango
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Cranberries

Having your favorite fruit chopped up and ready to go for when the smoothie craving strikes is the best thing you can do for yourself.

I see you are always drinking green juice out of jars. What is that?

For me and my family we do our juicing and store the contents in 1 litre mason jars.

Glass mason jars are awesome for the following reasons:

  • They are inexpensive and easy to find. You can find these at grocery stores, hardware stores and markets.
  • They seal so well. My husband and I are always on the go and we can take these with us anywhere.
  • When you drink your green juice for the day it then turns into the perfect 1 L water glass. It is so easy to get your water in when you are drinking out of a 1 L glass.
  • They are glass. Enough said.
  • They are really simple to clean and are dishwasher safe.

Do you have any tips on green juicing?

  1. Try to consume your juice within 24-48 hours of juicing it. At max I will push it to 72 hours. But remember, the fresher the better!
  2. I read a great tip online about re-juicing the pulp after you make your juice. This tip is awesome! Do it and you will be shocked how much juice comes out.
  3. Use a plastic grocery bag to line your pulp bucket. This makes cleanup so much faster and easier.
  4. Always wash your juicer components right away.
  5. If anything in your refrigerator is on the edge of going bad (fruits and vegetables) – juice it! Food never has to go bad again. And, you can juice anything! I’m talking salads, bell peppers, zucchinis, broccoli stems, etc.
  6. Organic fruits and veggies are always the best choice. If these are available and you can get them do it. Markets, farmer’s stands and small grocers are great places to find discounted organic fruits and veggies. If your produce for juicing or smoothies is not organic it is a good idea to peel them before using.
  7. Wheatgrass, though it does have wheat in the name, the grass does not actually contain wheat. To juice wheatgrass in a regular juicer wrap your wheatgrass in romaine leaves and juice the wrap.

 

Why I Drink Green Juice

Will green juice save my life and make everything in my life better?

I sometimes limit talking about things that I do in my daily life to not add to the wave of trend that go on in society today. Will drinking juice change your life on its own? It could. But, lets stop romanticizing one aspect of health. Being healthy means including green juice or smoothies into a healthy balanced life including a healthy eating plan, workouts, meditation, love-filled relationships, spirituality, self-love and nature-filled experiences.

If you add these magnificent green joules into your life in a healthy balanced way you will experience wonderful benefits. Make them a component not a band aide.
 

 

How to Form the Perfect Green Smoothie

Here is a simple formula:

  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Frozen Fruit
  • Your Favorite Liquid Base (Ex. DAMY Green Juice, Coconut Water, Unsweetened Almond Milk)
  • Protein Powder (if you choose – not necessary)

Mix and match the above to create your own personal favorite smoothies. You can never go wrong. One other thing I like to have on hand is liquid Stevia. I add a couple drops to my smoothies to kick any bitterness and heighten the fruit sweetness.
 

DAMY Green Smoothie Recipes

*For our Key Lime Radiant Beauty Smoothie go here.
*For our Green Pinapple Energy Smoothie go here.

Note: To any of these recipes you can add a scoop of natural protein powder to round these out and create a full meal. DAMY Health Online Program Members – See notes for you at the very bottom of this post.
 

 

The DAMY Tropical Green Smoothie

Makes: 1 Serving

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a Frozen Banana
  • 1 Handful of Spinach
  • 1 Handful Kale
  • Juice of ½ a Lime Squeezed
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Chopped Mango
  • 1 Cup Coconut Water (or Unsweetened Almond Milk or DAMY Green Juice)
  • Drops of Liquid Stevia to Taste (Optional)

Directions: Place all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.
 

DAMY Health’s Green Mango Goddess Smoothie

Makes: 1 Serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 Serving of DAMY Health’s Green Goddess Juice (see recipe below)
  • 1 Cup Frozen Chopped Mango
  • Drops of Liquid Stevia to Taste (Optional)

Directions: Place all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.
 

Green Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Makes: 1 Serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Coconut Water (or Unsweetened Almond Milk or DAMY Green Juice)
  • 1 Cup Frozen Chopped Strawberries
  • 1/2 of a Frozen Chopped Banana
  • 1 Handful of Kale
  • Drops of Liquid Stevia to Taste (Optional)

Directions: Place all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.
 

Purple Rain Green Smoothie

Makes: 1 Serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Frozen Blueberries
  • 1 Handful Spinach
  • 1 Handful Kale
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Raspberries
  • 1 Cup Coconut Water (or Unsweetened Almond Milk or DAMY Green Juice)
  • Drops of Liquid Stevia to Taste (Optional)

Directions: Place all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.
 

DAMY Health Green Juice Recipes

Note: All ingredients should be organic. If they are not organic make sure to peel.

 

 

DAMY Health’s Green Goddess Juice

Makes: 2 Servings.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Green Apples
  • 2 Cucumbers
  • 1 Bunch Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 Bunch Kale
  • 3 Handfuls Spinach
  • 5 Celery Stalks
  • 1 Lemon
  • Splash Organic Coconut Water (Optional – not necessary)
  • A Few Drops Liquid Stevia (Optional – not necessary)

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients through your juicer (aside from coconut water).
  2. Use coconut water to top off each glass and add stevia – mix.
  3. Tip – If you prefer your drink be sweeter add in a couple drops of liquid stevia and stir.

 

Mango Green Juice

Makes: 2 Servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Mango
  • 2 Handfuls Wheatgrass
  • 3 Handfuls Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 2 Pears
  • 2 Handfuls Kale
  • Coconut Water (to top – optional, not necessary)

Directions:

  1. Juice in your high-powered juicer everything except the coconut water.
  2. Use coconut water to top off drinks once poured.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

 

Dave’s Green Goodness Juice

Makes: 2 Servings.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Celery Stalks
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 2 Pear
  • 2 Handfuls Romaine Lettuce
  • 3 Handfuls Wheatgrass
  • 3 Handfuls Kale
  • 2 Handfuls Spinach
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Water (optional, not necessary
  • Drops of Stevia (to taste – optional, not necessary)

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients except the coconut water and stevia to your juicer and juice.
  2. Pour drinks and top with coconut water.
  3. Mix in drops stevia to taste.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

 

Martha Stewart’s Green Juice

Makes: 2 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pear
  • 1 Apple
  • 2 Handfuls Spinach
  • 2 Handfuls Parsely
  • 2 Celery Stalks
  • 2 Cucumbers
  • 1 Inch of Ginger
  • 1/2 Large Papaya

Directions:

  1. Juice all ingredients together.
  2. Serve and enjoy!

 

The Green Apple

Makes: 2 Servings 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Green Apples
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 1 Handful Romaine Lettuce
  • 2 Handfuls Wheatgrass
  • 2 Celery Stalks
  • 3 Handfuls Kale
  • 2 Handfuls Spinach
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Water (optional, not necessary
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Drops of Stevia (to taste – optional, not necessary)

Directions:

  1. All all ingredients except coconut water, lemon and stevia to juicer and juice.
  2. Pour drinks and top with coconut water.
  3. Add juice of 1 lemon and drops of stevia to taste.
  4. Mix and enjoy!

 

Not So Green Green Juice Recipes

Tropical Green Juice

Makes: 2 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Pineapple
  • 1/2 Large Papaya
  • 1 Kiwi
  • 3 Handfuls of Kale
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 3 Cups Watermelon
  • Juice of 1/2 Lime

Directions:

  1. Add ingredients into your juicer.
  2. Juice and enjoy!

 

Ruby and Greens Goddess Juice

Makes: 2 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 Green Apples
  • 1 Lemon (Peeled)
  • 2 Cucumber
  • 2 Handfuls Kale
  • 2 Handfuls Spinach
  • 2 Large Beets with Stems and Leaves
  • 4 Celery Stalks
  • 1 Cup Coconut Water (Optional – not necessary)

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients through your juicer (aside from coconut water).
  2. Use coconut water to top off each glass.
  3. Tip – If you prefer your drink be sweeter add in a couple drops of liquid stevia and stir.

Note to DAMY Members: 1 Serving of one of the recipes above is a meal 2 option with either the added protein powder or 10 almonds on the side.

For our other delicious Summer Smoothies check out the links below:

  1. Strawberry Cheesecake Youth Glow Smoothie
  2. Sexy Raw Pecan Pie Smoothie

 

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Get your green on!

 

Amy Layne is the Co-Owner of DAMY Health Online and Coach Specializing in Holistic Nutrition, Fitness, Self-Love, Inspiration and Living Your Best Life. She is the creator of the world famous DAMY Method and Bikini Body Programs. To see Amy’s Before and After Photos and DAMY Member Success Stories Click Here. For Amy’s complete story go

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