Green Smoothies

 

These are intended to be additive to your diet – they can be drunk as part or all of your breakfast or as a snack. You don’t have to drink them all in one go if you find that hard work – they will keep well in a drinks bottle as long as kept relatively cool – shake well before drinking.

Green leafy vegetables are loaded with chlorophyll a plant’s lifeblood. Chlorophyll is also essential for humans – it helps give us energy, oxygenates & alkalinises the body, & helps us excrete toxins. Dark green leafy vegetables are also an excellent source of protein, along with the fibre making these smoothies great for blood sugar control.

We should be consuming levels of greens far in excess of what we generally eat. By blending greens in smoothies we are retaining all the benefits of the plant but presenting it in ‘pre-digested’ form – i.e. ready chewed. This means we maximise the nutritional benefit.

For your first taste try this simple blend:

Whiz up a cup of filtered water with a good handful (or more!) of fresh spinach – blend really well to a puree, add in ½ avocado, a banana and a cup full of frozen berries. This will produce a reddish brown smoothie that tastes REALLY good! As you get more adventurous try to reduce the fruit content and up the greens. Aim to drink a pint a day for maximum benefits.

 

Here’s a list of good greens to include:

 

Kale

Chard

Lamb’s Lettuce

Spinach

Cabbage

Parsley

Endive

Romaine

Watercress

Pak choi

Radicchio

Coriander

Celery

Rocket

Mint

 

And here’s some good fruit to combine with them:

 

Apricots

Apples

Bananas

Berries

Melon

Cherries

Grapes

Kiwi

Mango

Papaya

Pears

Peaches

Pineapple

Plums

Prunes

 

Some combinations to try:

 

  • 1 cup water + 1 banana + handful frozen mango + ½ large bag of spinach
  • 2 cups watercress + 1 banana + 1 small mango + water
  • 6-8 leaves of romaine lettuce + ½ honeydew melon + water
  • 1 cup of apple juice + 1 banana + 1 small mango + 5 large kale leaves + water
  • 4 ripe pears + 4-5 kale leaves + a few sprigs of mint + water

NB you may find that your blender is not up to the job. The ‘gold’ standard is a Vitamix or Blendtec blender – expensive but a once in a lifetime investment. Both available from www.ukjuicers.com

 

If you want to make your green smoothie a filling breakfast option try adding some of the following to make your smoothie more satiating and wholesome:

 

  • Avocado
  • Soaked nuts or seeds
  • Omega oil e.g. flaxseed oil, lemon fish oil, hempseed oil, lemon fish oil
  • Superfoods powders e.g. wheatgrass, spirulina, wild blue green algae etc
  • Goji berries
  • Hemp protein/Whey protein
  • Ground flaxseeds
  • Ginger (frozen)
  • Small slice of lemon/lime with the peel (frozen)