Making and drinking a fresh, green smoothie every morning is the easiest and probably the single, most efficient way to maximize the benefits of raw, green vegetables. Try it for a day or so. Observe how you feel. Is your energy, mood and clarity of thought better? If so, consider making green smoothies a part of your daily routine!
How to Make a Green Smoothie
It takes only a few minutes. You will need a food processor. One which is high powered such as a Vitamix or Blend-Tec makes the job fast and super easy. You will also need fruit (apples, bananas, kiwi, mangos, pears, pineapples) and green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, chard, cilantro, parsley, cucumber or wheat grass. Although there are no absolute recipes, the key is in having the right amount of fruit in proportion to mask the bitterness of the greens. A 50/50 ratio of greens to fruit is great and 60/40 may even work well, but to be on the safe side the first time, you may want to start with 60% fruit to 40% greens. Making a tasty green smoothie with a higher ratio of greens to fruits becomes easier with experience.
Some combinations are:
- Spinach, apple, banana, strawberry
- Pineapple, banana, spinach
- Kale, sprouts, cilantro, mango
Add water as needed to achieve the desired consistency. Frozen bananas and other fruits also can be used to thicken the smoothie. Many people like to spoon their smoothies almost like a pudding, and others prefer a thinner mix. When smoothies are kept in a refrigerator, they tend to thicken, so adding a little extra water helps.
Many people also add superfoods to smoothies such as:
- Maca powder
These can add significant benefits, but the only true essentials are the fruits and veggies! Easy, worth it? In five minutes or so, you can make what may be the healthiest possible sustenance for an entire day.
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Why Green Smoothies?
You could never consume a pound of spinach, kale or other greens at a single sitting. And even if you could, you would only be able to assimilate and use a small fraction of the nutrients. Yet drinking greens is easy, and when you liquify greens and fruits to make a smoothie, you are increasing the surface area and bio-availability of nutrients.