Green smoothies are not only pretty, they taste great and are an excellent addition to your diet. Are you drinking them yet?
A few reasons to include them in your diet are:
The American Heart Association recommends we consume 9 servings of vegetables and fruits per day and many of us don’t get enough. Green smoothies are an excellent means to get some of these into your daily quota!
Green smoothies are nutrient dense and literally flood your body with easily digestible nutrients such as vitamins A, C, K, E, fiber, protein, phytonutrients, and a host of antioxidants. Bye bye free radicals and inflammation, hello increased energy! Unlike green juices, smoothies are a complete food because the fiber is retained, keeping you fuller and satisfied longer, whereas juices separate them out.
Its a quick and easy way to make greens and veggie consumption a habit with fast preparation and cleanup, requiring only a high speed blender or NutriBullet. You will also receive extra hydration. You just might become addicted to these energizing drinks and crave them after several weeks. Who doesn’t want this?
Green smoothies are easy to digest and offer maximum nutrient absorption. I often hear that increasing raw vegetable consumption quickly creates digestive disturbances (which usually pass in a few days as the body adjusts) but the blender action involved in making green smoothies breaks down the hard to digest plant cell walls (where the nutrients reside) before you have even started drinking it. When we eat vegetables the act of chewing accomplishes this cell wall breakdown but a lot gets missed in the process (70-90%) resulting in less nutrient absorption and more to digest.
Lastly, you really can’t mess them up and you can create whatever tickles your fancy, tastes great to you, and is in season such as celery, dandelion greens, cilantro, pineapple, pear, lemon, blueberries, kale, a little banana, chia seeds, or a few nuts. Just be sure to keep fruit quantities lower than greens/vegetable amounts to keep sugar content from creeping up. Making a smoothie is an excellent way to practice creativity in your kitchen and clean out your produce drawer when necessary!
In my glass, pictured, and all organic:
Spinach: a nutrient dense base with a mild flavor.
**Parsley: a detoxification powerhouse.
Cucumber: hydrating and the peel is great for increasing collagen; a skin plumper.
Avocado: for extra fiber, creamy texture, and healthy fats to aid in absorption of fat soluble vitamins.
One strawberry: for a little sweetness
Flax Seeds: omega-3 fatty acids and lignan's
Blend ingredients with ice and filtered water and adjust the taste as needed.
I hope you will consider adding a few green smoothies to your week; the ingredient combinations are endless. Peruse the internet and Facebook for some additional smoothie inspiration if needed, there are loads of recipes out there. And if you already drink them, what is your favorite combination?
**FYI, if you are dealing with tick-borne infections or candida, a detoxification reaction/healing crisis can occur depending on your specific state. Parsley is a potent detoxifier that can pull and move toxins out of your tissues but most greens can do this to a degree as well. Start slow with a small amount, perhaps a quarter of a glass, and increase from there as you feel able.