Green smoothies are an integral part of my week. They are the easiest way to make sure I am getting a lot of the vital nutrients I need from food. Supplements have their time and place, but I prefer to get my nutrition from real, live food. They also conveniently pour into a blender bottle for an on-the-go snack or meal replacement.
Here are a few of the many, many benefits:
- Acid/Alkaline balance: Our blood is slightly basic (alkaline) so eating greens can help keep your PH where it should be, and in doing so you are less likely to get sick. Bugs and critters prefer an acid environment so you are literally evicting them. Hurray!
- Clear up: Greens will help clear up the congestion and mucus (gross) that a lot of us suffer from during these cold months, especially in the lungs.
- Energy: In Asian medicine, green is related to the liver, emotional stability, and also creativity. Greens are known for lifting mood and even aiding in eliminating depression. I have noticed with many clients that when they start eating more greens they notice a clear energy shift.
- Strengthen: Greens are high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, zinc….(whew)….vitamins A, C, E and K….(not done)…as well as chlorophyl, fiber, and folic acid. Basically, you don’t have to pay for expensive “super foods” at Whole Paycheck…oops, I meant Whole Foods. If you can afford to get some dark, leafy greens at any local market, they will do the trick just fine.
- Friendly: That’s right – if you need some friends, greens are great! What I mean is, greens help with your friendly bacteria in your intestinal tract, helping with digestion and all sorts of things…you get the idea.
Basic Green Smoothie Recipe:
- 1/2 Granny smith apple, washed & cored, but with skin
- 1/2 Large cucumber (or 1 small one)
- 1-2 Cups leafy greens (I suggest kale or a combo of kale and lettuce)
- 1/2 Medium avocado
- 1 Lemon or two limes (juice)
- 1/4 – 1/2 tsp sea salt (I suggest Celtic or Himalayan)
- 1-2 tbs oil (cold pressed extra virgin olive, flax, pumpkin, or coconut)
- Optional: herbs such as mint, basil, parsley, or cilantro
Optional: (if you still want to cheat) 1 tsp raw honey, agave, a few drops of stevia, or fruit
Blend all together and enjoy! Be sure to still “chew” so that you have a chance to prepare your stomach for what is coming. 🙂