I started to consume green smoothies a few years ago. At the time, I drank many more vegetable juices. Then I read Victoria Boutenko’s book Green For Life, and I realized that I was missing out on the soluble and non soluble fiber inherent in plants. Also, when I drank juices, I often chose vegetables such as carrots and beetroots as the main bulk of the juice, and hardly included many green leaves which are much richer in vitamin and mineral content that vegetables grown beneath the soil.
I discovered that if we were to get sufficient nutrition from eating leaves, we would have to munch and chew our way through a vast amount of leaves daily. Green smoothies allow us to consume MUCH more leaf matter than we would if we were to simply eat them in their whole state. This allows us to give our bodies a super healthy dose of much needed vitamins and minerals such as vitamin c, vitamin k, iron and calcium which are abundant in leaves such as spinach, kale and broccoli. Broccoli also has a perfect ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 oils, which are amazing brain cell supporting fats.
The great thing about these healthful smoothies is that you automatically ditch the dressings and breads and other add ins that you would tend to include if you ate them via a salad, making them much cleaner and simpler for the body to digest, and lower in calories too.
I admit, to begin with I was wary of consuming them. A little apprehensive of what I expected to be bitter and sharp flavours. To mitigate those tastes, I added lots of fruit and even raisins to sweeten them up. Strange as it might seem to committed smoothie lovers, adding lots of fruit to start with is a great way to ease in to regularly enjoying delicious smoothies.
That’s why these three smoothies have a high percentage of fruit, they’ll be sweet and tasty and can really help into getting into the smoothie routine.
You’ll just need a blender, any will do to start with!
Smoothies are a great complete breakfast, but you can always drink them alongside your regular breakfast. You can drink one glass or upto three a day to start, and add on from there if you develop a real hankering for around the clock smoothies! As you progress, cut down on the fruit content and increase the handfuls of leaves you add in. There’s loads of fiber in these smoothies, which will slow down the sugar release from the fruit. As you become a smoothie pro, your palette will love the taste of greens, and your fruit to green ratio will have turned on its head. I took my time, and now my green smoothies are super green and as yummy as ever.
3 Tasty and Easy Smoothies to Begin With.
Sweet Banana Smoothie
handful of baby spinach leaves
splash of lemon juice (optional)
Add as much water as you like to make this a liquid smoothie with a thinner or thicker consistency. A great non-daunting smoothie for absolute beginners.
Creamy Smoothie Pudding
handful of baby spinach leaves
handful of torn up kale leaves (any type of kale will do: curly, red Russian, dino)
half an orange, or 1 small orange.
A healthy squeeze of lemon juice.
Avocado is an amazing food. Technically classed as a fruit, its super creamy flesh is full of healthful fat that turns a simple smoothie into a smooth dessert. Amongst many other nutrients, it gives the body an amazing hit of monounsaturated fats, such as oleic and linoleic fat that help the heart function and aids the body control cholesterol levels.
Serve in a bowl and sprinkle a few goodies on top, such as a few raisins or chopped nuts for added crunch. I’m partial to pudding type smoothies, but it can also be watered down, and drunk in a glass if that is your thing!
2 – 3 sticks of celery
2 tsp raisins
Quarter of a large cucumber (half a small cucumber)
Give this one a real blitz in your blender or food processor. Celery can be stringy, and raisins seem to resist being chopped! Leave it whizz for a while, until as smooth as possible. Avoid getting any mango pit chopped into this as it is very fibrous indeed.
Celery is full of potassium, which can aid blood flow around the body due to its artery relaxing properties. It also has a diuretic effect, which can help eliminate built up toxins. So if you’re off to the gym, or just returned from a run, consider a celery based smoothie to support the body pre or post workout.
I’ll be posting a lot more on smoothies in the Food and Recipe sections.
Until then, drink up and enjoy! x