Just how many people, when you say “green smoothies”, picture in their minds a glass full of thick, gloppy, green gunk that tastes simply AWFUL! 🙂
Well, if you’re new to this not-so-new craze, allow me to ease your mind a bit – just think of the Dr. Seuss story, “Green Eggs and Ham” and how they were frowned upon until that first taste! Try not to be turned off by the word “green” when associated with food or drink!
Green smoothies are a delicious way to get yourself and/or your loved ones to:
In simplest terms, a green smoothie is a fruit smoothie with greens added in although a lot of people have gravitated towards very minimal fruit and mostly greens or even…ALL greens, if you can believe that!
There was a time when I was making these (before they really became a household name) and I would add like ONE kale leaf or even HALF of a kale leaf or a very tiny bit of spinach…in other words, my “green” smoothies were NOT green at all! LOL!
But overtime and after hearing a talk by Victoria Boutenko, author of many raw food books including “Green for Life” (where she really goes in depth about these power-drinks) and reading said book I began adding more and more greens to them.
So What Are The Benefits of Drinking Green Smoothies?
When it comes to cooked food, most people definitely do not consume enough green leafy vegetables. Oh they may eat spinach or green beans or even collards or kale, etc. BUT…
… they’re cooked and when I say cooked, I mean cooked-to-DEATH!
What’s the solution?
To BLEND them (preferably in a powerful blender such as the Vitamix that can really break the greens and their cellular wall down) but who wants to drink straight blended greens? Well, believe it or not, some do but the vast majority does not. But for the masses, there is the option of blending those greens with what we ARE attracted to…FRUIT!
Enough fruit should be used to make it taste good so you’ll WANT to drink it! Then, as your body adjusts and gets used to the chlorophyll you can start adding more. Some will add in a whole head (or bunch/bushel) of greens to one blender-full of smoothie – with fruit added, of course!
But blending them in this manner makes them more easily absorbed/assimilated by the body so there’s no need for all that chewing and chewing and chewing…it’s already “chewed” by the blender…all we have to do is motion as if we’re chewing (to start the digestion process and get the saliva going) and then swallow!
Best of all, it’s TASTY aside from being SUPER good-for-you!
“Green smoothies are the best way to get the amount of greens into our diet that we normally would not be getting.”
Some have reported that from simply consuming more of these smoothies that they noticed improvements in digestion, skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, acne, etc) and energy levels, healing of various conditions such as thyroid problems, and more! Green smoothies are also a great source of fiber to help keep the digestive system functioning properly!
Just keep in mind that to REALLY get the major benefits of green smoothies, you need to rotate your greens by using different varieties – even weeds such as dandelion and nettles.
But if you find that you have a limited availability of greens, consider a liquid supplement that contains a variety of greens (grasses, weeds, etc. included) and a total of 243 vitamins, minerals and special nutrients.
And KIDS love green smoothies too, especially if you fine-tune them to your children’s liking.
For example: My children love “slushy” smoothies so I add lots of ice and/or frozen fruit and if need be, agave nectar and they think they’re having a Slushee or an Icee!
But sometimes they just drink them as ordinary smoothies too! And if you own a dehydrator, leftovers can be dried to fruit leather…not too many kids will turn down sweet, chewy fruit leather even if it is green! 😀
All-in-all, green smoothies are a great jumpstart to a healthy diet…many have even testified that they take away cravings for junk foods over time! So, start drinking green smoothies…at least 1-2 quarts a day and see what a difference they make in YOUR life!
Check out this simple green smoothie recipe that my kids and I love.