Monday, 29 April 2013

Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

I have been having green smoothies for a while now. Green smoothies are a great way to get a nutrient hit as your nutrients are tightly packed into one cup. They have become very popular and are featured on may blogs and FB pages. So I thought I would share my version. This is more of a guide than a recipe.

You can have these at any time of the day. I like to have mine for breakfast, to give me that energy and nutrient hit to start the day or as a afternoon boost. (The theory is by having the nutrients your body requires in the morning, you will experience less hunger as your body already has what it needs.)

Did you know - leafy greens are one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. Putting greens in your smoothie is super easy and it doesn’t taste bad!

Savvy Nourish snapshot
Greens are high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. I recommend buying organic greens whenever possible, but also remember that eating non-organic greens is better than not eating any greens at all!

Some of the benefits of eating dark leafy greens:
  • Blood purification
  • Cancer prevention
  • Improved circulation
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Promotion of healthy intestinal flora
  • Promotion of subtle, light and flexible energy
  • Lifted spirit and elimination of depression
  • Improved liver, gall bladder and kidney function
  • Cleared congestion, especially in lungs by reducing mucus

Here it is make one serve

2 giant handfuls of spinach or kale or silver beet
1 banana
1 teaspoon barley powder or similar
1 whole lemon (skin cut off) - the lemon counters the taste of the greens
1 whole apple (cut in half and remove stalk)
1 tablespoon of chai seeds

1/2 cup of frozen berries
any fruit in season
1 tablespoon coconut oil (I add this most of the time)
any fruit in season

blend to oblivion.

drink - to your health!

Savvy tips

# Start with a small handful of greens and increase as you become  more accustom to them.  If you are wanting to introduce these to your kids diet or in my case kids and hubby I recommend starting slowly with the greens.

# Adding frozen berries or pineapple is another great way to start the kids off.

# Use frozen fruit, buy when on special and in season - I often freeze bananas.  Just make sure your bananas are ripe and that you peel them before freezing. I like to break them in half and put them in freezer bags or a plastic (BPA free) container before placing in the freezer.

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