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Eating lots of dark leafy greens is the best thing you can do if you want to increase your energy, clean your skin, lose weight, and just feel full-on sexy, but if you are like the majority of my clients, you are not getting enough of them. Here is a powerful strategy to get those greens in your body: drink them!
What are green smoothies?
According to Victoria Boutenko, the author of Green for Life and, as far as I know, the initiator of the green smoothie movement, a green smoothie is simply a blended drink of fresh fruit, one or more leafy greens and water. That’s it.
When it comes to smoothies, the sky is the limit in terms of what you can put in them, but in the case of green smoothies, it’s best to keep them simple to get the most benefits. Again: fruit, leafy greens, water.
I know they don’t sound very appetizing, but believe me, they are very good! Yes, they are! You wouldn’t even notice there are greens in the smoothie if it wasn’t because of the color, because the flavor is not noticeable. I know it sounds crazy, but just try! You’ll be happy you did.
There are incredible advantages to drinking green smoothies on a regular basis. Let me mention a few.
They are practical.
Hello… you don’t have to worry about cooking! Just rinse, throw in the blender, press the power button, let blend, and serve. Yes, you need to wash the blender afterwards, but you’re going to feel so good to do this for yourself, that you’ll overlook that little detail. This is the easiest way I know of to get those greens in my body.
You’ll have more greens, without even trying.
How much parsley can you have in one sitting? I mean, I love parsley, but there is just so much I can have sprinkled over my food! However, if I add parsley to my smoothie, things change. We’re talking about one generous handful of the stuff – stems and all, or more. (BTW, parsley is a real super-food, so you should eat it frequently, blended or not.)
The same with any leafy green you decide to put in your smoothie. Even if you start with very little while you get used to them, chances are, you are going to dramatically increase your consumption of greens to much more than you’ve ever had.
They are very alkalizing.
That’s a really good thing! Most foods in the SAD (Standard American Diet) tend to be acid-forming, so in general, you really want to favor alkalizing foods, of which leafy greens are at the top of the list, especially if they are raw.
You’ll have your greens raw.
The hardiest dark leafy greens – kale, collard greens, swiss chard – are also the most nutrient dense, and it is desirable to eat them raw. Some people do, but for the majority of us, they are difficult to stomach because of their high content of cellulose.
However, things change in a smoothie because the blender breaks the cellulose strands, so you can drink away without getting gassy.
They are excellent to get children used to eating greens.
Most children don’t look forward to eating leafy greens and parents battle with them because of it. But in a smoothie you only need to put enough fruit to mask the flavor of the greens and you’re all set.
What about the color factor? Yes, this can be a little inconvenience, but I have a client who convinced her 7-year-old daughter that she was being so cool and unique for drinking green smoothies. Hey, children will drink blue and purple beverages, so why not green? I think they will not mind much if you don’t make a big fuzz about it.
Did I convinced you to give it a shot? Great! This is how you start.
First and foremost, you can’t do this in a $15 blender because it will not blend the greens to a creamy consistency. It’s OK to have little chucks of greens in your smoothie, but it’s not very appetizing, to be honest. Look for a blender with a 600-watt motor at the very least.
Have the good blender? OK, let’s get going.
The best fruit to start with is banana because of the sweetness and the creaminess it adds to smoothies. Later on, you can use apples or pears instead of the bananas and add berries to the mix. Mango and peach are very good as well.
As far as the leafy greens, start with the most tender ones. Lettuces and salad greens of all kinds, baby spinach and – yes you guessed it – parsley. Start with one handful of your green of choice per portion of fruit. Once you are comfortable with the taste, you can add more of the greens.
Don’t try to be a hero! If you are not used to eating greens, you will upset your stomach if you have a lot at one time. Start slowly and build up.
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How much water? Very little. Like less than one cup. If things don’t move, then add a little more until they do. The idea here is to get a nice thick smoothie that will leave a green mustache on your healthy face.
When will you have them? That depends on you, really. Sometimes I’ll have one of these for breakfast, but I really like them for dinner – I tend to eat very little, if any dinner. I recommend to have them for snack time at the beginning and, once you are more used to them, you can replace your smallest meal of the day with a green smoothie.
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QUESTION: How much green smoothie do you recommend I drink daily?
VICTORIA: In the beginning people tend to drink more green smoothies, sometimes up to two gallons per day depending on how acidic their body pH is. After several months the quantity goes down to 1-2 quarts per day.
QUESTION: Do I have to make fresh green smoothie several times per day?
VICTORIA: Smoothies can stay in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, but fresh is best. As soon as a smoothie is warmed to room temperature, it should be consumed.
QUESTION: How much greens does one really need? I generally consume a head of lettuce. Do you think this is enough?
VICTORIA: One needs fewer greens in the form of green smoothies than in the form of salad, because blended greens assimilate several times more thoroughly then chewed greens. I estimate that if you prefer to eat greens as a salad, you should consume at least two bunches of greens (or 6 packed cups) per day. If you drink your greens in blended form, then one bunch (3 packed cups) will be sufficient per day.
People who have an acidic pH balance in their body could benefit from consuming up to 80% greens in their diet. When they reach a stage of balance, they will notice that they want less greens and less green smoothies, but they will enjoy them more than ever.
QUESTION: It seems you talk about having an entire bunch of chard, or other greens, daily. Yet in your recipes, a smoothie only has 3-5 leaves from an entire bunch. Are you having more than 1 smoothie a day?
VICTORIA: The goal is to eventually consume more greens in the smoothie than fruit. However, many of us are not used to consuming large amounts of greens. Also many don’t have adequate hydrochloric acid to digest greens. For this reason, I recommend starting with more fruity green smoothies and slowly using more and more greens. As the body finds out the many benefits of greens, it becomes very excited and starts craving greener smoothies. Experiment with what amount of greens you find palatable and gradually add more greens so that you work up to the equivalent of one average-sized bunch of greens per day.
It is possible that you will start with a fruity green smoothie and progress to extremely green smoothies. Yet, there will be another change later. As you keep consuming green smoothies on a regular basis for many months, you will eventually reduce the total amount of green smoothies that you consume daily.
This happens because the assimilation of nutrients increases and the body can get more nutrients from less smoothies, your body satisfies the most urgent needs for nutrients, it also becomes more alkaline and doesn’t need as much greens as before. Please remember to keep rotating your greens for variety!
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QUESTION: How long should I blend my ingredients to make the green smoothie?
VICTORIA: I usually blend my greens and fruits for 30-45 seconds. I always start on the low speed and turn it up to high.
QUESTION: I cant afford to buy a Vitamix or a Blendtec, can I use a regular blender?
ANSWER: The reason it is recommended to use a high speed blender for making green smoothies is because the cell walls are easily broken up and the machine will last. You can use a regular blender to make your smoothies, it is better than not making any smoothies at all, however the greens may not be broken to a creamy consistency and the blender motor will probably burn out quickly.
QUESTION: What kind of blender do I need to make green smoothies?
VICTORIA: You may use any blender to make smoothies, however I recommend using the most powerful blender you can find, 1000 watts or more. If you don’t have a powerful blender, you can still make green smoothies and benefit from them, but you will have to chop your ingredients into smaller pieces, blend for longer periods of time, and to put up with some chunks in your smoothie. A smoothie prepared in a high-speed blender is smooth in consistency, and will be assimilated better by the body. For those who live in the United States I recommend any model of the Vita-Mix blender.
If you live outside of the United States, I recommend another high-speed blender called Blendtec, which is priced reasonably for international sales.
QUESTION: Can I freeze smoothies or will they be less nutritious frozen?
VICTORIA: I have never frozen my greens, but if I lived in a northern country and had, for example, a large harvest of spinach, I would freeze it and use it over time. Frozen greens will still be more nutritious than cooked greens. However, if you have access to fresh greens, they are significantly more nutritious and tastier than frozen.
QUESTION: Since I started drinking green smoothies my stool became green. Is it normal?
VICTORIA: When the stomach acid is low, one may find pieces of undigested food in the stool and color of it may reflect the color of the food consumed such as red from beets, green from green smoothie, etc. After daily consumption of green smoothies, the body receives plenty of nourishment and the level of stomach acid begins to normalize. Eventually you will always observe the same stool despite your food intake. Normal stool should be light-brown in color, odorless, well formed and not sticking to the toilet. It leaves the body easily with no straining or discomfort.
QUESTION: Why is it so important that humans model their diet after chimpanzees? From my understanding, they only live an average of 50 years. They are usually riddled with parasites too.
VICTORIA: Chimpanzees are genetically the closest creatures to humans. They share 99.4% of genes with humans. That is why, unfortunately, chimpanzees are used for medical research. However, chimpanzees have often demonstrated such a strong immunity, that doctors were not able to infect them with HIV or hepatitis C. In my book, I brought up the point that instead of making chimps ill with human diseases, researching how they are able to stay healthy may reveal immensely valuable information on human health. In captivity, chimpanzees do live much longer than in the wild because they are guarded against accidents and environmental dangers.
Chimpanzees are not only healthy, but have the ability to intuitively find and use healing herbs. Scientists from the Jane Goodall Institute described in their research that chimpanzees are familiar with natural ways of parasite control by eating medicinal herbs. On the other hand, any colonic therapist will tell you how so many humans are laden with all kinds of parasites.
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Victoria Boutenko is a raw food pioneer and world-renowned raw food teacher, chef & writer. As a result of her teachings, many raw food communities have been formed and helped throughout the world. In recent years Victoria has become most famous for her discovery of green smoothies, which has revolutionized “health food” as we know it.
Victoria’s most famous books are ‘Green for Life’, ’12 Steps to Raw Food’, ‘Raw Family’ and ‘Green Smoothie Revolution’. You can learn more about Victoria and her family, also knows as The Raw Family, by visiting their web site http://www.rawfamily.com. Victoria has published her green smoothie research for everyone to access on her blog http://www.greensmoothiesblog.com
By Avner Ben
If you and your family do not eat enough healthy fruits and green vegetables on a daily basis, try drinking green smoothies as a simple and easy way to make sure that you consume the recommended daily amounts of vitamin rich and nutritious fruits and vegetables. Smoothies enable you to consume fruits and vegetables in their raw form, thereby, retaining all of their nutritional value and strength. Several foods are classified as super foods: Spinach, wild Salmon, berries, pumpkin, Turkey and beans to name a few. I want to show you how to boost the benefits of the smoothies you drink by adding what I classify as the 5 key superfoods in their pure and natural form: Chlorella, Spirulina, Alfalfa, Wheat grass and Barley grass powders. This article teaches you about their benefits and how to add them to your smoothies for a power packed, vitamins, minerals and enzymes rich that should increase your vitality, boost your immune system and increase your red blood cell count.
You can purchase the following list of superfoods in powder form from your local health food store or order it from a reputable Internet vendor.
Key #1: Chlorella – is renowned for its detoxification properties. It can aid your body to breakdown heavy metal toxins such as mercury, cadmium, and lead. It helps you to flush out any toxicity to pesticides such as DDT and PCB at the same time that it boosts your immune system. Chlorella is green algae whose name derives from the word, Chlorophyll. It contains more of this substance per gram (3% to 5%) than any other plant.
Key #2: Spirulina – is a single cell blue-green algae whose name derives from it spiral shape. It is an excellent source of protein, non-animal source of vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin E; minerals such as, potassium, zinc, magnesium, selenium, calcium, iron and phosphorus. It also contains amino acids and chlorophyll. Spirulina is used as an immune system booster, energizer and a non-toxic, all natural and vegetarian method to add extra nutrition to your diet.
Key #3: Alfalfa – is an Arabic word that translates as “the father of plants”. It is rich in protein and vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K. It also contains calcium, potassium, carotene, iron, and zinc. Alfalfa plays a role in strengthening bones and boosting the overall maintenance of your health.
Key #4: Wheat grass – is one of the cereal grasses that can be consumed as juice or in a powder form. It builds red blood cells, boosts the immune system, detoxifies your body by draining your lymph system and carries away many toxins from body cells. Wheat grass is power packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, as many as 30 enzymes and consists of up to 70% raw chlorophyll.
Key #5 Barley grass – like wheat grass, barley grass is another of the cereal grasses that can be consumed as juice or in powder form. When compared to wheat grass, some sources claim that wheat grass contains more B6, B12, Iron and Chlorophyll; but barley grass is reputed to contain double the amount of all the other vitamins, minerals and amino acids not listed in the previous sentence, than wheat grass. This is why I recommend adding both of them to your green smoothies.
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If you are not familiar with how to make a green smoothie, here is what you do.
Basic Green Smoothie Recipe
1. Fresh raw greens (Kale, Spinach, Salad greens, Water Cress, etc.) should make up about 40% of the smoothie
2. Fresh fruits (Bananas, Apples, Papaya, Mango, etc.) should make up 50% to 60% of the smoothie. Add powdered superfoods mixture in the blender, see instructions, below.
3. If the fruit is not sufficiently sweet enough for your taste, you can add 3-4 dried dates or a handful of raisins to add a natural sweetener. I do not suggest that you sweeten with regular sugar, brown or otherwise.
4. Put all of the ingredients in a blender, add some water and blend to a smooth consistency. Add more water as you blend, if necessary.
Mixing and Adding Superfoods Powders to Green Smoothies
1. Mix a week’s supply of the powder by combining 2 tsp. of each powder for each day, in a container with a lid. Stir it until it is mixed together, well. Refrigerate the mixture or at least, keep in a cool place.
2. After adding the ingredients of the green smoothie of your choice to the blender, add 2 tsp. of the powder and blend well.
3. Drink an 8 oz. glass or more per day to achieve optimal benefits.
Add these nutritious, vitalizing and energizing superfood additions to your green smoothies right away and start enjoying the overall health benefits they provide for you and your family.
Healthy Reasons to Drink Green Smoothies
By Becki Andrus
Looking for a simple way to adopt a healthier lifestyle and gain more energy? Green Smoothies may be just what you have been looking for. If you’re interested in trying out a raw foods diet if you are trying to increase your healthy eating habits, give green smoothies a try. Drinking just one green smoothie each day is a great healthy habit you can make for yourself. Green smoothies are easy to make, tasty, and packed full of full of raw nutrition. What are you waiting for? Try one today and your body will thank you later!
Green smoothies are full of nutrients. Your body requires certain nutrients in order to be healthy and thrive. These fresh smoothies are great, because they are packed with nutrients which will help to curb your cravings– which means you will do less snacking on fattening foods. By filling up on a healthy green smoothie rather than processed and fattening foods, you will soon be able to fit into those old jeans you never dreamed you would be able to button again.
Not only will you be losing weight, you will doing it in a healthy and safe way that still provides your body with the proper vitamins and nutrients. All of the fiber that a green smoothie contains will also help satisfy your hunger and cravings throughout the day. If you are filling up on foods that are full of fiber and nutrients, you will be less likely to consume sugary cereals, pastries, and other junk foods. After drinking a large glass of green smoothie for breakfast, you will be completely full and satisfied for most of the morning. By incorporating kale into the smoothies you will also help keep your body more regular which will keep you feeling great.
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In addition to the health and weight benefits, you will also notice healthier skin, hair, and nails by drinking green smoothies daily. The cleansing and detoxifying abilities of the dark leafy greens in the smoothies combined with the elimination of toxins helps your body to establish healthy intestinal flora. As a result, your skin will become clearer, your hair will get shinier and softer, and your nails will grow faster. This will lead to you looking your very best from head to toe!
You may think it will cost more to add these smoothies to your diet because you’ll have to buy more fruits and dark leafy vegetables but you will actually save yourself money. Instead of spending money on various vitamins and other supplements you will spend less by just getting the whole foods and blending them into a smoothie. It will also provide you more of the live enzymes, vitamins and minerals in the food by blending up a smoothie. Drinking green smoothies is much more economical than taking loads of expensive and less effective supplements.
There are plenty of good reasons to add smoothies to your diet. They are good for you, will keep you looking your very best, and are a cheap way to be sure your body is getting all of the vitamins and minerals it needs. What are you waiting for? Add green smoothies to your diet today!
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The Health Benefits of Green Smoothies
By Becki Andrus
Many people find the thought of eating many servings of fruits and vegetables each day to be overwhelming. The thought of eating salads every day or bunches of lettuce and spinach can be enough to discourage people from following a healthier diet. Fortunately, there are a few painless ways to get more leafy greens into your diet without having to feel like a bunny rabbit. Many people who have difficulty eating leafy greens choose to drink them instead in the form of green smoothies. Green smoothies are fruit smoothies that have leafy greens such as spinach or kale blended into them. Getting used to the taste can take a little while, but once you do you can drink the equivalent of an entire salad in the form of a green smoothie.
Drinking green smoothies is an excellent way to increase your vegetable intake. Some common vegetables that can be easily added to smoothies are romaine lettuce, spinach, kale, carrots, celery, and cucumbers. Of course, you should not add all of these at once. Most people who drink green smoothies recommend a ratio of 40% vegetables to 60% fruit to keep it tasting good. If you are just starting out with drinking green smoothies then choose a mild green such as spinach and add a small amount to your smoothie. Once you are more accustomed to the taste you can increase the amount of greens that you are blending.
In addition to increasing your vegetable intake, green smoothies can also help you to eat more fruits. A smoothie may contain a peach, a handful of strawberries, a banana, some blueberries, and an apple. This adds up to at least three or four servings of fruit in one delicious drink. Most people thin their smoothies with 100% fruit juice, although some people choose to use water or milk to get their smoothies to a drinkable consistency.
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Besides the benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking them is also a great way to get more healthy fats into your diet. It is easy to add healthy fats into it without altering the taste or texture of the drink. Adding the meat of an avocado to a green smoothie will significantly increase the healthy fat content without changing the taste. If avocados are hard to find in your area, try adding ground flax seeds to your smoothie. The easiest way to do this is to buy flax seeds whole and grind them yourself a little at a time. Even a few tablespoons of coconut oil added to a smoothie will up the nutritional oomph of your drink significantly.
Many people wonder if drinking green smoothies is better or worse than juicing fruits and vegetables. Although the jury is still out, they have some significant advantages. When you juice, you lose the fruit and vegetable fiber that is part of what makes them so good for you. They allow you to drink all of that fiber easily. It also takes much less fruit to make a green smoothie than it does to make a cup of juice, making green smoothies more economical for many people.
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By Pamela Fay
You’ve heard of a fruit smoothie. And you’ve heard of a diet shake. But have you heard of green smoothies? A green smoothie is nature’s own diet shake. They are sweet, creamy, delicious-and packed with nutrition. If you have tried diet shakes in the past and like the convenience but can’t get too enthusiastic about the taste, try whipping up a smoothie.
A green smoothie is simply a fruit smoothie with vegetables added. Despite the name, your smoothie might also be a vivid purple or chocolate colored depending upon the ingredients. You can add whatever veggies please your palate. Leafy greens are popular, and you should probably include them for highest nutritional value. Spinach, romaine, collards, kale and parsley are all good choices. But, you can also throw in red leaf lettuce, mint, basil, red pepper, celery and tomatoes if the mood strikes you. It is best to vary your greens so that you get a wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals.
Green smoothies provide energy to power you through your mornings. Rich in fiber and high in antioxidants, they can also provide an abundance of vitamins like A, C and K. Contrary to popular opinion, greens provide a readily available source of essential amino acids (protein). In addition, you may find that the more fruits and vegetables you consume, the more your body seems to crave. These smoothies are just as convenient as diet shakes. You can make one fresh each morning and sip it on the way to work. Or, carry your smoothie along in a chilled thermos for a snack or fast meal replacement.
The best green smoothie recipes include a liquid, such as water, soy or almond milk, or a splash of grapefruit, lime or lemon juice. To keep the calories down, avoid using liquids that have added sugar, like a commercial smoothie mix or base. You can include frozen ingredients to make your smoothie thicker. Add in ice, frozen juice cubes, or frozen chunks of fruit. Frozen banana give the drink a creamy consistency, just like your favorite fast food shake. Green smoothies also include fresh fruit. Use whatever fruit you like: grapes, berries, cherries, mango, oranges, pears, kiwi, peaches or apricots to name just a few.
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Here is a recipe to get you started. It has approximately 145 calories in one large serving. With a delicious drink like this, who needs an artificially sweetened and flavored canned diet shake?
- 2 cups Romaine lettuce
- 1 banana (frozen, cut in chunks, or fresh)
- 2 cups blueberries
- 1 cup water
- 4 to 6 ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Makes one quart or two large servings. Enjoy!
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One of the things I have to guard against these days is telling everyone I know, about the benefits of drinking green smoothies. Not everyone is inspired by a drink that is vibrantly green and bursting with flavour. Many people I know are aghast at the notion of drinking any kind of vegetable concoction, and refuse to consider even tasting one.
Many people wonder if green smoothie recipes can actually help them lose weight. Smoothies are a kind of vegetarian diet that is made of fruits and vegetables. They have very little in carbohydrates and contain less fat.
There are many types of green smoothie recipes as there are people who want to enjoy a healthy living lifestyle. Due to the nature of green smoothies everyone can create their own recipe. It is only a question of combining various fruits and vegetables and blending them together.
You can get ready made smoothies to buy from the shop but it is very easy to make your own at home. All you need is a blender and a selection of your favourite fruits and vegetables. To make your smoothie taste better, select the fruits and vegetables that you like best and include some sweet fruits as well.
There are many suggestions of green smoothie recipes on the Internet today. This is because there are many different kinds of combinations of fruits and vegetables that you can turn into a smoothie.
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One advantage of going on a smoothie diet is that you do not need to starve yourself.
Because vegetables are low in fat and carbohydrates you can eat as much as you like without having to worry about putting on weight. In order not to get tired of or get bored with the types of smoothies you eat, you will need to have a good selection of fruits and vegetables from which you can prepare different types of smoothies.
This will also ensure that you continue with your weight-loss program without giving up. Like any weight-loss program, you will need to combine your smoothie diets with an effective exercise plan.
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Yes green smoothie recipes can help you lose weight because of its very nature. It can be filling and nutritious and you can have as much as you like at various times of the day. This means you do not need to starve yourself to lose weight.
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By Becki Andrus
A green smoothie is simply a fruit smoothie with green vegetables mixed with it. Ideally, a green smoothie contains about 40% greens to about 60% fruits. Adding more greens can cause your detox symptoms to be more severe, so it is not usually recommended. Some of the best greens to use are kale, collards, romaine lettuce, parsley, and spinach, though other green, leafy vegetables may be used. Depending on how big your serving is, drinking green smoothies can provide up to eight servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Since green smoothies provide so many vitamins and nutrients, there are many benefits to drinking them. People who drink them report weight loss, clearer skin, and increased energy levels, among other things. Perhaps the greatest benefit that they provide is the ability to rid our bodies of toxins. When used for detox, there are several different plans that can be followed for different periods of time. The most effective plan consists of consuming only green smoothies, organic fruits and vegetables, and drinking water.
Detoxing with high-nutrient green smoothies is very natural and effective. Because these smoothies contain high levels of protein, enzymes, and fiber, they are extremely healthy. Of course, since they remove the toxins from your body, side effects should be expected. Some of the side effects of detoxing include fatigue, aching, flu symptoms (sore throat, body aches), changes in bowel movements (diarrhea, constipation), acne breakouts or rashes, and an increase in cravings. These side effects do not last long and should be looked at in a positive way. When you notice any of these side effects while drinking green smoothies, you know that they are doing their job. It may take up to a week for the side effects to go away, but when they do, you will notice an increase in energy, healthier skin and hair, a more regular digestive system, and many other great things.
Green smoothies are a great way to consume essential nutrients, vitamins and will help to detox your body
When detoxing with high-nutrient green smoothies, you should choose fruits that you enjoy eating, since they will be the primary flavor of the smoothie. Although greens are added, you do not really taste them, which is a plus for people who do not enjoy the flavor of them. You should use fruits and greens that are organic because they will be free from pesticides and also provide more nutrients. Also, using a high-speed blender is a great idea because it breaks the cell walls of the fruits and vegetables, making absorption of the nutrients much easier.
All that you will need to create your own green smoothie is fruit, greens, water, and a blender. Some of the most popular fruits are apples, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, mangoes and pears. Some people opt to add some avocado to increase the thickness of their smoothies, but bananas will have a similar effect. Dates and other nuts can also be used in small amounts to enhance the flavor. Below is a basic recipe that makes two quarts of green smoothie:
- 1 cup of kale
- 1 whole mango
- 1 cup water
Simply put the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.
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By Becki Andrus
Many people who strive to eat a natural diet find that they have trouble getting sufficient amounts of leafy greens in their diets. After all, not everyone likes the taste of spinach or kale even if they know it is good for them. In addition, it can seem as though you have to eat large amounts of leafy greens in order to get sufficient amounts of the essential nutrients. Fortunately, there is another way. If you have been experimenting with drinking homemade smoothies for breakfast or other meals, then you can simply blend leafy greens into your smoothies.
For many people, the idea of blending leafy greens into their smoothies is strange at best. However, there are a few key tricks to doing it successfully. The first important trick is to choose greens with a very mild taste, especially if you are just starting to drink green smoothies. This means that greens such as baby spinach, romaine lettuce, and Swiss chard. You can also choose to blend in other vegetables such as cucumbers, carrots, and celery. In the beginning you will probably want to avoid stronger-tasting or bitter greens such as mustard greens, kale, or dandelion greens. These can be excellent choices, but are better once you are used to the flavor of a green smoothie.
When you start adding leafy greens into a smoothie, it is best to go slowly. Start with just a handful of spinach or a few large leaves of romaine lettuce. As you get used to the flavor and texture, increase the amount of greens that you are using. This will allow your body to slowly get used to the texture and flavor of the green smoothies. It will also allow you to adjust your recipes to include more fruit or a little bit of natural sweetener. Many people recommend a goal of 40% vegetables to 60% fruit as the healthiest combination for a green smoothie.
When you first start experimenting with adding leafy greens to your smoothies, don’t be afraid to sweeten them a bit. Of course, you will want to use natural sweeteners such as agave or stevia. However, while you are getting used to the flavor of the green smoothies a little bit of sweetener can make them more palatable. You can also add additional fruit to your smoothies in order to cover the taste of the greens. Overall, drinking a green smoothie should be enjoyable, not something that you have to force yourself to do.
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By Trina Cleary
Challenged by your own or your kids’ unhealthy eating habits? Green smoothies could be your new best friend.
The positive impacts of the green smoothie craze sweeping my family and friends are as welcome as they are surprising. Unhealthy eating habits are being displaced by a new addiction; green smoothie health!
Case study 1: My friend Elise, who is getting in shape for a wedding, needed to drop her morning coffee and muffins routine. Green smoothies won’t just help her shed unwanted weight; they’ll add a clear glow to her skin and a sparkle to her eyes. She’s motivated by her short term goal (looking great at this wedding) to replace her coffee and muffins with fresh green smoothies for a month or so. The advantage for Elise is that this goal gives her a finite timeframe for sticking with green smoothies. Habits take 4-6 weeks to form, so by the time she’s actually reached the wedding deadline, she’ll have a new, healthier green smoothie habit.
Case study 2: My 18 month old son can’t be tempted to eat up his little trees (broccoli) like a baby giraffe. Snowpeas are chewed up and spat out. Although he refuses to eat cooked green vegetables at dinner time, he is willing to DRINK raw greens for BREAKFAST in a green smoothie. The sweetness of the 60% ripe fruit tempts him to drink up the 40% greens that go with it. The novelty of a straw also helps…
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Case study 3: My friend Chris is the last person you’d expect to experiment with anything rumoured to be healthy. He’s more likely to resist healthy eating habits BECAUSE they’re healthy, priding himself in his preference for beer and 100% fatty barbequed pork ribs. However, a miracle has occurred now that he’s given green smoothies a go. He’ll only drink one combination so far, baby spinach, rockmelon and bananas, but he drinks it every day. When I asked him what convinced him to try green smoothies he said, “You made me look at your website.” Nice. The rest of his diet hasn’t changed much, although he tells me he hasn’t eaten Maccas since his green smoothie habit started three weeks ago. At least his body is getting a significant nutrition boost and his family is feeling very happy that his diet is improving.
So, before you despair of yourself and give up on your health goals, give green smoothies a test run for a month. You might surprise yourself.
Trina Cleary is the editor of the http://www.growingraw.com Healthy Eating Guide. More information about green smoothie health and how to make green smoothies can be found at http://www.growingraw.com/green-smoothie.html – Copyright: you may freely republish this article, provided the text, author credit, the active links and this copyright notice remain intact.
Green smoothies are super easy to make, provide energy and health benefits, and are great for natural weight loss. My favorite benefit is that it is anti-aging and nutrient dense. You will learn top 10 tips to making healthy green smoothies.
I use my Vitamix Blender to make a smoothie every morning that I can sip through breakfast and throughout the day
Green smoothies keeps my energy level up and my hunger at bay. I enjoy a generous healthy smoothie in the morning, then I have a great lunch of my choice, sip on some more of the smoothie between lunch and dinner and have a modest dinner.
You will naturally come to your ideal weight by doing this. We have to stop this epidemic of going on diet pills and yo-yo dieting. Unless there are medical reasons (like hypothyroidism issues which slows down your metabolism), there is no reason that you will not lose weight if you follow simple healthy living rules.
But I digress….back to green smoothie recipes.
Here are 10 tips to get you going on your green smoothie journey:
2. Cucumbers, honey cheap nfl jerseys dew, watermelon are great as a base for extra water content.
3. Adding half a carrot or half of a celery stick one way of sneaking in some extra veggies. Again experiment with other veggies.
4. Add ice and/or water to make your smoothie to the consistency you like. I like thinner consistency so I can easily sip with a straw.
5. Choose a leafy green such as spinach or kale, or parsley and cilantro. Herbs have great detoxifying properties so don’t forget those. Rotate your greens and try different ones. Add about one cupful of a leafy green of your choice or start with a smaller quantity if you are new to making smoothies.
6. You can add juices to sweeten them more such as cranberry, orange, and pineapple. Please make sure you don’t nfl add too much, as you get a natural sweetness from the fruits you are adding Sports in.
7. Adding a tablespoon of hemp powder is an awesome way to get some extra natural protein. Hemp seeds/powder is a complete protein, has Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), high in fiber and rich in minerals like iron and magnesium.
8. Please try to buy organic whenever possible. That’s less chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides in your smoothie.
9. I suggest you do invest in a great blender. And I am extremely biased with my Vitamix. It is a powerful blender that most smoothie enthusiasts and raw foodists use for their creations. It is pricy but once you own one, you will never look at another blender. And it will pay for itself many times over.
10. Have fun creating your combinations. Use left over veggies and whatever fruit you have on hand and get creative.
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Here are 2 recipe samples for you. Enjoy! Please go to my site for additional green smoothie recipes and other healthiest foods recipes.
Green Smoothie Recipe #1
2 cups honey dew 2 cups, 1 cup spinach, 1 cucumber, 1 tablespoon hemp powder, add some ice or a little water. Blend it in your Vitamix
Honeydew is a great water base and natural sweetener and an excellent source of Vitamin C and Foliate. It is a great base to add to a green smoothie. The honeydew and cucumber together has an incredible refreshing taste.
Green Smoothie Recipe # 2
cranberry or orange juice, 1 orange, 1 banana, 1/2 cup of kale, 1/2 sprig of celery, wholesale mlb jerseys 1/2 carrot, 4-6 pieces of Ice
Please leave a comment or feedback about this or share your green smoothie recipe experience. teacher I love to hear from my readers.
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