Now that the weather is warming up, it's a great time to lighten up, shed those winter clothes, and start drinking green smoothies again!

A recent study out of the UK found that people who consume more than 7 servings of fruits and veggies a day have a lower risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease than those who don't. Green smoothies are a wonderful (and easy) way to get those several of those servings into your diet!

Once you get the hang of it, green smoothies are easy to make, and the combinations are endless. Below is a simple framework that you can follow.

Choose your base:

Add 2 cups of one of the following bases to your blender:

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  • Water
  • Coconut water
  • Coconut milk
  • Kefir
  • Bulgarian or greek yogurt
  • Almond milks
  • Cashew milk
  • Hemp milk

Choose your greens

Choose 2 cups (tightly packed) of the following greens and add to your blender:

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Swiss chard
  • Collard greens
  • Dandelion greens
  • Turnip greens
  • Beet greens
  • Sweet potato greens
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Spring mix

Choose your fruit

Choose 3 cups of the following fruit to add to your blender:

  • Banana
  • Cherries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Papaya
  • Avocado
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Apples

Supercharge it

Choose 1 tablespoon of the following superfoods to add to your blender:

  • Coconut oil
  • Cacao
  • Chia seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla
  • Maca
  • Spirulina
  • Chlorella

Blend and enjoy!

Will yield roughly 32 ounces.

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