Green smoothies

Green smoothies

 Green smoothies and super foods 

The green smoothie as prepared above is a fantastic health drink all on its own – but adding Superfoods to it can give it powerful nutritional boost!

 Here is a example of type superfoods you can add to a Green Smoothie. Because they are foods, you don’t have to be too concerned about the amounts you see – from a teaspoon to a table spoon or two is fine, except Maca and Camu Came powder which I would keep at less than a teaspoon a day and have break from it ever few weeks if you are using it daily.

 

  • Spirulina powder (not if you are feeling cold during winter)
  • Raw Cacao powder
  • Goji Berry powder
  • Maca powder
  • Hempseed Meal
  • Camu Camu powder
  • Wild Bee Pollen
  • Chia seeds
  • Good quality protein powder, preservative and sugar free
  • If you replace, breakfast or lunch or dinner with smoothie (no more then 2x week) add seed mix, quinoa/millet flakes, 1 spoon of shredded coconut, seed mix and hemp powder (or good quality protein powder), 1 spoon of coconut oil to make it complete meal.

Do your own research on these sensational foods and see which ones you think is the best suit your needs. I always asses clients constitution before recommending any super foods. We all have different predisposition and genetic make up. For example Mesquite meal and hempseed meal are high in protein and can improve the function of sluggish bowel, Maca helps with stamina and energy levels as well as balancing hormones, Camu Camu is very high in vitamin C, and Goji Berries full of many different types of antioxidants.

 Happy experimenting!

 Healing is a journey, not just a diet.

The green smoothie is an integral part of any healthful diet and is especially helpful when needing to build nutritional status, recover from an ailment or build energy.

  •  Green leafy Vegetables – a combination of two or more of the following: spinach,

         Cos lettuce, dandelion leafs, Watercress, Parsley, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Celery, Collard

         greens, Kale, Endives, Beets or carrot tops 500mg, 2 handfuls

  •  Fruit: any combination of fruit – for example 1 small banana or 1 peaches or 2 pears.

         1 handful of Frozen berries, which makes lovely flavour in smoothies

  • Water about 1L of water also you can add coconut water 

Blend well and drink the same day.

This should be smooth no chunks and it should taste very sweet and pleasant due to the fruit content. Being blended, the protein, minerals and nutrients are easily available for absorption and your digestive system doesn’t have to work too hard to obtain the optimum value from the greens.

Having a green smoothie daily will enhance the ability of your stomach to produce hydrochloric acid, meaning that you absorb protein and minerals from your food better, and the fibre contained in the smoothie will cleanse the colon.

 Because fibre, the sugar in the fruit will be slowly absorbed and released for sustained energy rather than a large burst at once.

These can be a total meal replacement, or they make a great morning or afternoon drink. Start with a smaller amount if you have trouble drinking a litre per day and work up to the litre over time.

 If you find this drink unpleasant you may be doing something wrong and need to experiment a bit to find the right taste. You might need to make it thinner by adding in more water, your may not have put enough fruit in, or the fruit you used wasn’t ripe and not sweet enough. It should be an enjoyable drink, although it will always be bright green!

 

Green smoothie

 

My favourite green smoothie recipes:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 – 2 pieces of low-glycemic fruit: green apple, pear and berries
  • 1 cucumber
  • A fistful of kale or silver beet  or spinach
  • Coconut water (or purified water)
  • Stevia, to taste, and/or a sprinkle of cinnamon or some cacao (optional)

                    OR

  • 3/4 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 large frozen banana or mango (what ever you have in your freezer) 
  • packed 1/4 cup avocado
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 1 pre-soaked date 
  • 1/4 teaspoon Matcha green tea powder, optional

                     OR

Happy tummy green smoothie

  • 1/2 cup fresh red grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup fresh  kale
  • 1 large sweet apple 
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • heaping 1/2 cup chopped celery (1 med. stalk)
  • 3-4 tablespoons hemp seeds (I use 4 tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango
  • 1/8 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon virgin coconut oil (optional)
  • 3-4 ice cubes, as needed

                     OR

Yoga smoothie

On Thursday after work I teach yoga so Green smoothie is a great way to fill my tummy, giving you all the essential nutrients without feeling full.

  • 1 cup of kale or spinach
  • half banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen berries 
  • 1 pear
  • 1 scoop of vanilla sugar free rice protein (Biomedica) 
  • 600ml of water 

      Blend ingredients in a high-powered blender.

                       OR

Pure green smoothie

  • 1 cup of well chopped kale
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber (chopped)
  • 1 cup of baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 banana (chopped) 
  • 1 cup of cold press green apples and pear juice 
  • 2 tbs of lemon 

      Blend ingredients in a high-powered blender. 

                         OR

Berry magic 

  • 2 cups of kale or spinach (chopped)
  • 2 cups of coconut water 
  • 1/2 cup of your favourite berries (I like mix of blueberries and strawberries) 
  • 1/2 banana chopped 
  • 1 tsp of chia seed or add quinoa flakes if having that for breakfast with 1tsp of cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp of honey 

    Blend ingredients in a high-powered blender. 

                         OR

Skin Smoothie

Support your skin during winter with antioxidant radiance with this amazing warming smoothie 

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries (blueberries)
  • 3 dates (medjool are the best)
  • t tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 tbs cacao powder 
  • t tbs chia seeds
  • 1 cup of boiling water 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup of coconut water 
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

     Place everything into blender and process. 

 

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