Green smoothies include a variety of fresh or frozen produce, including green leafy vegetables. They are a great and easy way to increase the amount of raw fruits and vegetables in your diet. Consuming just one smoothie each day provides an enjoyable and easy alternative to a plate of vegetables or a bowl of fruit.
The smoothies are filled with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in a highly absorbed form that help brain function, reduce stress and promote cardiovascular health, among others. Green smoothies support the liver’s ability to cleanse and detoxify itself and give our digestion system a rest. They are also a great food for weight loss, increasing energy and reducing cravings for sweets (especially ones with added protein powder). Green smoothies also assist in cleansing the body of toxins of any kind.
Unlike juices, smoothies contain good amounts of fibre and less sugar. Because greens can be hard to digest, especially for people with compromised digestion, blending helps to break down the cellulose in the greens and aids digestion while allowing for quick absorption. A great amount of important vitamins and nutrients are in the cell walls of fruits and vegetables but they can be hard to break down during digestion.
Green smoothies are a beneficial way to absorb these crucial nutrients because the cell walls have been broken down by the blending process and the nutrients are extracted in a more digestible form.
Naturally, the best way to ensure the highest quality of nutrients and freshness is to make your own smoothies at home. It takes less than 5 minutes to make it provided you have ingredients ready. Savour the green smoothies by drinking them slowly and mixing them well with saliva to ensure more of the goodness is assimilated and utilised by the body.
Here are my top 4 smoothie recipes!
1 ripe avocado
1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder
2 cups of baby spinach or kale (you can also use 1 teaspoon of dried barley grass powder or any green powder if you don’t have fresh vegetables available)
2 cups of almond milk
1 pear or banana (depending on your preference)
1 teaspoon of raw honey
Combine all ingredients in a powerful blender. Blend and enjoy!
1-2 scoops of good quality protein powder
2 frozen kiwis sliced
1 cup of rice, almond or hazelnut milk
Blend in blender for a quick, ultra filling smoothie. Optional: add ½ cup plain organic yoghurt for thicker smoothie.
2 cups baby spinach leaves or kale leaves (you can also use 1 teaspoon of dried barley grass powder or any green powder if you don’t have fresh vegetables available)
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup of cut papaya or 1 banana
Blend spinach, chia, papaya/banana, and almond milk until liquefied. Drink immediately. This smoothie is rich in fibre and plant omega 3 fatty acids.
1 tablespoon of flax seeds
1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
1 cup fresh pineapple
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 cup fresh orange juice with added ½ cup of filtered water
Put flax seeds in the blender first and process until it is a fine powder. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
If you have great smoothie recipes please share it with us in the comments section below. Enjoy!
Naturopath Herbalist Nutritionist
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