“Green Smoothies” aka ….. Fast Food… Healthy Food!!

Yes, that is my definition of a Green smoothie

Probably not the most obvious choice but if we take a closer “look” at a Green smoothie you might just see my point of view….. you might even try for yourself….you might even like….you might even become addicted to them!

So I am going to start by offering my interpretation of the following:-

  • What is a green smoothie?
  • The benefits of blending greens, nutrient extraction and the overall health benefits of green smoothies
  • How to add green smoothies to your diet
  • Best vegetables and fruit to include
  • Green smoothies for weight loss
  • Some examples of green smoothies

Green smoothies are an easy solution for both children and adults in getting their daily recommended portions of nutrient rich fruit and vegetables.

These smoothies contain leafy green vegetables, which contain a host of nutrient dense “essentials” including; amino acids, iron, chlorophyll, vitamins, fibre and minerals. To sweeten your green smoothies, add sweet fruits that will disguise the taste of vegetables (if you don’t like them !!).

To make a green smoothie simply combine a few handfuls of different greens (even carrots, beetroots etc) then add some fruits like bananas, apples, strawberries, blueberries etc – then add water and/or yogurt and you have a healthy ‘good to go’ green smoothie.

 

The benefits of blending greens, nutrient extraction and the overall health benefits of green smoothies

Living in todays busy world we often “eat on the run”, failing both to eat healthily or properly chew what we eat.

This resulting in our digestive system having to work harder to extract nutrients from poorly chewed food. In time, this adds further stress to our digestive enzymes and weakens them.

Even if we perceive that we eat healthily our digestive system can fail to break down enough of the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients from our food unless more nutrient dense vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds are broken down into their highest digestable form before they are consumed – Nutrient Extraction

There are many benefits from including green smoothies regularly into our diet – by blending or extracting the nutrients in our vegetables, fruit and nuts we can expect to see the following positive changes:-

  • Increased energy
  • Improved mood
  • Improved condition of our hair, nails and skin
  • Increased athletic performance
  • Better sleep
  • Reduce our cholesterol
  • Weight loss
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Better digestion (decreased constipation, gas, bloating and IBF)

How to add green smoothies to your diet

If you want energy that will last throughout the day that wont leave your stomach feeling bloated and heavy then green smoothies are an excellent breakfast alternative; equally a great midday or afternoon snack.

They are a fast and easy lunch alternative, portable and easy to store ensuring no lengthy preparation and heating are required.

For taste, health benefits and internal PH balance it is recommended the average green smoothie contains 40-50% green leafy vegetables and 50-60% fruit.

Finally, green smoothies are a great dessert and very popular as a weight loss/healthy low fat replacement to high fat content meals and snacks.

Best Vegetables and Fruits to Add

The list is endless, however, common choices could include:-

Green Vegetables:                   

Spinach – Kale – Swiss Chard leaves – Parsley – Watercress/Rocket – Romaine Lettuce – Mustard Greens – Mint – Broccoli – Cucumber – Courgette – Celery

Other Vegetables:

Carrots – Beetroot

Fruit:

Strawberries – Apples – Plums – Mango – Banana – Watermelon – Papaya -Kiwis – Pineapple – Blueberries – Oranges/satsumas

For an even more energising and nutritious “blast” you can add these high protein superfoods:-

  • Flax seeds
  • Goiji berries
  • Chia seeds
  • Spirulina
  • Hemp seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Medjool dates
  • Almond Butter
  • Whey protein

Green smoothies for weight loss             

By replacing just one meal per day can help you see noticeable results.

Green smoothies can help you lose weight quite simply by substituting a high fat (saturated), high calorie (high GI) less healthy meal with a nutritious, low fat green smoothie.

Green smoothies can also be a substitute for less healthy snacks.