I am not exaggerating when I say that green smoothies have been the greatest addition to my diet in the last 40 years.
As a result of having a glass a day, my blood sugar levels are more balanced, I have more energy throughout the day, I am less prone to snacking, my visceral fat has dropped dramatically (the really difficult-to-shift abdominal fat) and my skin and hair look so much healthier.
Green smoothies are a great way of getting more raw vegetables into my diet (and those green ones are packed with nutrients unlike any other food). Unlike juicing, which can be a bit of a faf, making a smoothie takes 5 minutes.
Any way of adding extra vegetables, especially greens, into your diet is going to be beneficial. The difference you will notice in your health is very much dependent from where you are starting and how many fruits and vegetables are in your daily food already but there is always room for improvement for everybody.
Organic and locally sourced produce is always my preference. I would emphasise its importance more than ever when smoothie making. You are using fruit and vegetables in such condensed large quantities, so if you choose non-organic then you are consuming an awful lot of herbicides, pesticides and other nasty chemicals, really not a great step to improved health.
You may be thinking you already eat lots of fresh, fruit and vegetables and have a very unprocessed, organic diet. I am sorry to say that modern farming and food processing methods have left the most nutritious food depleted. You could be eating the best diet with the best choice of foods available, and it is still virtually impossible to get all the nutrients we need by just eating 3 healthy meals a day.
Dark green leafy vegetables like watercress, rocket, kale, parsley and coriander are super packed with minerals and in a smoothie they keep all of their goodness in tact as they remain raw.
Great health and immune support - wave bye bye to coughs, colds and flu - greens keep your body functioning in tip top form with all of the minerals, vitamins and enzymes found so richly in raw vegetables.
Clear thinking - your brain will be fed with a high level of nutrients which in turn will give you great concentration, focus and mental clarity. You will have more balanced moods and mental energy to get the best out of each day.
Vitality, energy and weight wtabiliser- no more energy slumps with low blood sugar level problems or cravings for quick energy in the form of sweet, carbohydrate rich foods. The liver LOVES greens and plays a key role in detoxing the whole body and in regulating your blood sugar levels so look after it. Toxicity is mainly stored in fat tissue, so you have a win:win result. Less toxicity and less fat deposits.
Great hair and skin - despite what countless product advertisers try to tell you, beauty really does come from the inside out. It is impossible to have beautiful hair and skin with a poorly functioning digestive system and a congested colon. The added nutrients from your greens and fibre from your smoothies will ensure a healthy digestive system and a high level of nutrients to feed the body’s vital functions. A struggling liver uses the skin and hair as a detox route, a beautifully functioning liver will be reflected in shiny healthy hair and glowing skin.
A smoothie doesn’t need any fancy equipment. All you need is a blender, even a basic hand held one will do it if you chop your food up small enough and you pick those that are softer and won’t challenge a smaller sized motor.
A smoothie can be very filling and can be used as a meal replacement or used as an adjunct to a small meal. I find having a smoothie for breakfast surprisingly filling and is a great way to get greens into my diet at breakfast. It is my absolute favourite way to start the day and on the rare occasions I don't have it for breakfast I regret it later in the day when my hunger increases as a result.
You are still ‘eating’ whatever fruit and vegetables you are putting in your blender and there is no waste. Many find adding smoothies to their diet an easier process than juicing, especially as it doesn’t require specialised equipment.
The only thing that limits what you can put into a smoothie is your imagination! You may find when starting on smoothies you need lots of fruit with your vegetables for your palate. As your taste buds adjust you want to aim for having the majority as vegetables and only a small amount of fruit.
Here is an easy green smoothie to get you started:
200ml almond milk (preferably home-made raw as it is less processed and more of a blood balancer, if not, then shop bought)
A recipe for raw milk can be found here:
1 large chunk of cucumber
1 stick celery
1 handful of green leafy vegetables (choose from rocket, spinach, watercress, kale etc.)
1 pitted medjool date or 3/4 pitted dates
1 tsp of bee pollen (admittedly this is not on most peoples' shopping lists, but it does contain a huge amount of protein amongst other nutrient benefits and I notice hunger pangs sooner when I don't have it)
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