I am really impressed with the beauty and efficiency of GREEN SMOOTHIES.
I am quite convinced that for MOST people (please note that I said MOST) living in a modern environment, a daily green smoothie is a very potent health promoter, and below I will briefly list the reasons why.
1. Green Smoothies are literally smoothies that combine dark leafy greens, fresh fruit, water and optional health boosting extras such as soaked seeds, cold pressed oils or other superfoods like bee pollen. Because of the action of being blended in a high powered blender the raw living ingredients present in a green smoothie are broken down on a cellular level, releasing more of their powerful chemicals into your body that you would obtain by chewing alone.
2. Its an amazingly easy and delicious way to get a whole of daily greens that you might otherwise never eat raw in these quantities (i.e. swiss chard, spinach, kale, rocket etc.)
3. They are super alkalizing - which is very helpful to most people.
4. They are cleansing to the digestive system, the broken down fibers of the greens acting as little brooms in your colon. I read somewhere that kale can actually absorb eighteen times its own weight in toxins - whoohoo!!!
5. Its easy.
I'll share a favorite recipe with you guys to get you started. I strongly recommend a green smoothie for breakfast (on an empty stomach) all on its own to get the full benefit. Feel free to eat solids about an hour or so later.
Fresh Spinach or Kale
Virgin Coconut Oil
Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
To get a smooth delicious consistency, I strongly recommend using a high powered blender such as the vitamix, but they work well in most grunty blenders.
Simply fill the blender half way with roughly chopped greens. Throw in chopped bananas and pineapple as well as a good solid heaped tablespoon of virgin coconut oil and about 2 cups of fresh orange juice (you can use water instead). Blend away till very smooth and enjoy!
This is a particularly sweet green smoothie, but great for people who are just starting out. I have found as time has gone on that I like my smoothies less and less sweet. I often substitute avocadoes for bananas, and usually add lemon to most smoothies. I tend to have seasonal smoothies and as we are in winter in New Zealand right now my usual green smoothie consists of kale/swiss chard/spinach, oranges, lemons, bananas or avocadoes, kiwifruit and coconut oil.
Good additions to a green smoothie include a good quality spirulina, soaked and blended hemp, chia or flax seeds, LSA, bee pollen, chlorella, blue green algae or freshly juiced wheatgrass/barleygrass juice. All these amazing foods have powerful properties that super charge your smoothie.
Personally, I DO NOT recommend the addition of Cacao or Maca to a green smoothie for many reasons. I know these foods are really popular right now, but I have found them to be far too stimulating and overstimulation defeats the purpose of the cleansing and fortifying benefits of a breakfast green smoothie in my humble opinion :)