Beauty from the inside out: Green Smoothies

02/26/2012

I was once a vegetarian. And then one day I decided to have a pork barbeque sandwich—just like that, no regrets, just had a hankering for some pork. Although I’m still not a hard core carnivore, I do long for the awesome skin and super elastic tresses I had during that veggilicious time in my life. Sigh. Anyhoo, I’m trying a little harder to get some greens in my life, and the glow back in my skin. I’m starting with baby steps by having one green smoothie, 3 days a week. Feels a little like gaming the system—getting the recommended allowance of veggies in a convenient and delish drink, but all good indeed.

There is a full blown green smoothie movement going on, and it seems that everyone has their own definition, but in its purest form, a green smoothie is a blended beverage that is:

  • 60% fruit
  • 40% green leafy vegetables
  • enough water to blend to a nice consistency

I told you why I’m greening up my innards, but here are some other benefits (adapted from The Raw Family):

  1. Green smoothies are very nutritious.
  2. Green smoothies are easy to digest.
  3. Green smoothies, as opposed to juices, are a complete food because they still have fiber.
  4. Green smoothies taste great.
  5. Green smoothies provide enough greens for the day to nourish your body.
  6. Green smoothies are easy to make, and quick to clean up after.
  7. Green smoothies have proven to be loved by children of all ages, including babies of six or more months old.
  8. When consuming your greens in the form of green smoothies, you are greatly reducing the consumption of oils and salt in your diet.
  9. Regular consumption of green smoothies forms a good habit of eating greens.
  10. While fresh is always best, green smoothies will keep in cool temperatures for up to three days.

Here’s the recipe I tried for my inaugural green voyage:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • handful of spinach
  • handful of kale
  • 3 oz coconut water

 Some other flourishes I plan to rotate in include:

  • wheatgrass
  • spirulina
  • chlorella
  • kelp
  • honey
  • agave nectar
  • yogurt
  • hemp milk
  • flax seed
  • molasses
  • peanut butter
  • mango
  • peaches
  • plantain

Have I peaked your interest? Check out this vid for a Green Smoothie 101:

Also, great recipes found here at Green Monster Movement.

Have you ever tried a green smoothie? How did you like it? What do you put in your green smoothies?