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June 4, 2010

Green Smoothies

Arguably one of the most healthy drinks you can make is an organic green smoothie. A virtual green meal in a glass (if you add protein powder), green smoothies are simple to make, taste great, and pack a huge veggie punch.  If you find it hard to get your daily intake of veggies, this is a great way to get them all in painlessly.

How to Make a Green Smoothie:

You need a high speed blender, veggies, fruit, filtered water and ice. You blend it all together, and that’s really all there is to it.  You can experiment with the quantity of and type of veggies you use and the amount of ice and various ingredients as long as you put in green veggies, and no animal products, it’s a green smoothie. It is imperative to use organic produce when making green smoothies because of the high content of pesticides in the non organic variety.

Here’s a recipe for a green smoothie. To make it more of a substitute meal, add protein powder. A good one for this drink would be hemp or brown rice or pea protein as opposed to a whey protein powder. Follow the serving size on the label for the amount needed.

Apple, Banana, Spinach Smoothie
•  2 or three handfuls of spinach or any mixed greens
•  1 Fuji apple, cored
•  1 banana
•  2 cups of filtered water
•  Ice

Put the water in the blender first, then all the other ingredients on top, with ice being the last ingredient. As you get used to drinking smoothies try putting more and more green veggies into your smoothie as you can tolerate it.  Close the blender and blend on high until smooth.

Variations:  Almond milk and berries instead of water, apple and banana

You can put anything you like into your green smoothie as long as you remember to put the green veggies.  cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, celery, asparagus, green beans (all raw of course) can go in a green smoothie.   Once you get used to them, add in more green veggies until you are getting the five to nine servings or more a day of veggies  and fruits that you need.

One of the benefits of drinking green smoothies is that you will have more energy throughout the day. Some diabetics have drastically lowered their blood sugar by having green smoothies. Many have lost weight using these green smoothies as a substitute for a couple of their meals. You can add in a super food if you desire to make them even more nutritious.
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