Green smoothies are the way forward! I’ve seen first hand how making drinks with natural fresh ingredients can transform ones health, mind and body.
Ever wanted to give your body a rest from whole foods? Ever wanted to feel light and energised? Ever wanted to just get really densely packed nutrients into you in a simple refreshing, appetising drink/snack? Ever wanted to help yourself detox whilst improving your skin and lose weight at the same time? Well if you answered yes to any of the these then green smoothies could be for you.
Here’s a quick look at the nutritional benefits of leafy greens: Leafy greens are packed with nutrition. They are a great source of non-dairy calcium, magnesium and Vitamin C. And they contain carotenoids that may help protect against macular degeneration and foliate to guard against heart disease and cancer.
Ten Reasons to Drink Green Smoothies
1. Green smoothies are very nutritious. It depends on how you like it but the more veggies you put in the more healthy its going to be as we don’t want too much sugar. I like to add an apple and a pear to my smoothies as they’re high in fibre and they’re low GI. But you can make it to your taste. Typical smoothie recipes have all sorts of fruit in them.
2. Green smoothies are easy to digest. When blended well, most of the cells in the greens and fruits are ruptured, making the valuable nutrients easy for the body to assimilate. Green smoothies literally start to get absorbed in your mouth and enable your body to convert into energy easily. And because your body isn’t wasting time breaking down foods, producing acids and enzymes to digest, the body feels a lot lighter and will have a lot more energy available to utilise for daily function.
3. Green smoothies, not to be confused with green juices are whole foods as they contain the fibre as its not removed like in the juicing process which means the sugar load is diluted through having fibre in it. When you juice without the fibre your juice can have a high sugar load depending on the ingredients which can cause the high fructose load to be converted into fat cells.
4. Green smoothies are delicious. A lot of people may turn their nose up at the sound of vegetable and fruit smoothies but you are the master of the creation so if you really find that you’re not liking the flavour then add more things that you like. Certain smoothie journalists like to promote 60% fruit to 40% green veggies but I’m pretty much the other way round. But in the end of the day its about getting raw, enzyme and nutrient dense food into your system with none of the goodness lost so which ever way round you choose its going to be good for you. Just remember too much fruit sugar isn’t good for you.
5. Chlorophyll which is the make up of green veggies is super good for your blood as it had a purifying effect. Studies have shown in general that people in the developed world don’t eat enough leafy greens and chlorophyll. A green smoothie however has its packed to the brim.
6. Green smoothies are easy to make. Its a misconception that its lots of work. I would really recommend a really good blender like the Vitamix which has super powerful blade. But a blender like this can be expensive. Just shop around and get a good quality powerful machine. Unlike juicing, making a smoothie uses whole foods, so just get your ingredients out, wash, and stick it straight in the blender. A lot of the time theres no need for peeling or cutting, its that simple. And to make things easier you can store the juice for up to 48 hours in the fridge for further portions. You could make a breakfast smoothie on a Monday morning and be having smoothies ready to go on a Tuesday and Wednesday mornings too – pour, drink and leave for work, easy!! Or if you come home from work on any night and you can’t be bothered to cook, just go for a green smoothie thats ready in the fridge or even if its not made, that takes 5 mins to make.
7. Green smoothies are liked by children of all ages depending on the flavour. I was talking to one of my clients the other day and he was telling me the only way he can get his 4 year old to eat greens is by making them in a smoothie. Where as before they had to hide them in dishes such as fish cakes!
8. When consuming your greens in the form of green smoothies, you are greatly reducing the consumption of processed food, additives, hydrogenated oils and salt.
9. Regular consumption of green smoothies forms a good habit of eating greens. After a few weeks of drinking green smoothies, most people start to crave and enjoy eating more greens. Eating enough greens is often a problem with many people.
10.Green smoothies are really good for your skin and nails restoring a glow to your skin and removing toxins from liver and body. Also they’ve very good for weight loss and generally as long as they don’t contain too much sugar you’ll be on a calorie deficit on a daily basis. Greens are enormously nutrient dense and extremely calorie light which makes a perfect combination for weight loss.
Ingredients you can use in a green smoothie
Spinach, Fennel, Kale, Celery, Broccoli, courgette, Iceberg lettuce,Romaine lettuce. Parsley, Cucumber, Mint, Collard greens, Baby beet greens, Watercress, Swiss chard, Garden cress, Cabbage, Parsley. Don’t just be bound by these veggies, you can add literally any other vegetable you want to the smoothie. Try it out and see what you like. actually, a bit of variety in terms of colour will be great for the nutrient profile.
Green fruit – Kiwifruit, Pears, Green apples, Green grapes. But don’t over restrict yourself. If you really need to make it sweeter then use other fruit. If its too sweet then be careful on the effects that it will have regarding fat gain and insulin resistance. As said previously I would go for a percentage of 60/40 in favour of veggies, but play around with it. Other examples of fruit to use – Pineapple, Bananas, Mango, Oranges, Grapefruit, Peaches, Apricots, Papaya, Melon.
Liquid I personally regularly use water and ice but you can add other liquids to it which would be fine. The ones I would recommend are: Green tea, Yerba mate, Lemongrass tea, Mint tea, Wheatgrass juice, Coconut milk, Coconut water, Ginger tea, White tea, Lemon juice+water, Vinegar+water. Id stay away from juices to add.
Texture – you could add any of these for texture, to supercharge the nutrition. Avocado, Almonds, Cashews, Pecans, Brazil nuts, Walnuts, Ground flaxseed, Sunflower seeds. Extras Hemp seeds, Chia seeds,Bee pollen, Maca powder, Spirulina, Cinnamon, Cocoa powder, Minced ginger, Grated coconut, Vanilla extract, bran, Psyllium husk
So from these lists you can see that the combinations are endless so if you’re not much of a recipe follower then get cracking now. If you want a recipes your best bet is just googling it. Here’s an example of a green smoothie recipe. Happy Blending.
All Green Smoothie Recipe
- 60 ml (1/4 cup) water
- 260 g (1 3/4 cups) green grapes
- 55 g (1/4) ripe pear, halved
- 50 g (1/2) avocado, pitted, peeled
- 25 g (1/4 cup) coarsely chopped broccoli
- 20 g (1/2 cup) spinach, washed
- 60 ml (1/4 cup) ice cubes