Green Smoothies are easy to digest. A blender is the perfect set of teeth allowing nutrients to be absorbed quickly and easily with all natural digestive enzymes intact. Blending by-passes all digestive problems like sore teeth, peptic ulcer, colitis, and a tired pancreas and overworked liver. Green Smoothies, with their fiber intact, allow the fruit sugars to be absorbed more slowly, unlike juicing. This will keep your blood sugars from spiking.
When your brain and body starts getting the nutrients it needs, you will notice all the powerful cravings for sugar and salt and fat slowly losing power. Cravings are often a sign of magnesium deficiency. It's your body crying out for nutrition. Greens are full of chlorophyll. The core atom in chlorophyll is magnesium (in human blood it's iron).
As you can see above, chlorophyll is one of the best builders of red blood cells, vital for delivering nutrients and removing toxins from your entire body. Green Smoothies are rich in alkaline minerals like calcium. The high-calcium greens are the fibrous ones such as dandelion, kale and collard. Wherever there's a hard shell ...as in teeth, bone, or tough-to-chew greens – you will find calcium.
Be sure to blend DIFFERENT greens every day into a Smoothie. I usually rotate romaine, spinach, kale, parsley, watercress and swiss chard. When I'm in a rush, the organic baby green mix 50/50 with spinach works great too. Greens have alkaloids that are good in small quantities but slightly toxic if you eat the same green day-after-day. Basic Green Smoothie Recipe for Beginners
Green Smoothies are simple...take any fresh greens you like and blend them with fruit. 2 to 3 sweet fruits like an apple, pear, papaya or pineapple, and then 1 vegetable fruit such as summer squash, cucumber, zucchini or a celery stalk. Then add water and 1-2 handfuls of greens. I sneak in half a lemon too - so good!
2-3 cups any greens of your choice, 1-2 cups papaya or pineapple, ½ frozen banana, coconut water
Winter Smoothie - 1 cup organic frozen berries (any kind), 1/2 frozen banana, 2 cups fresh spinach, 1
Spring Smoothie - 1 orange, frozen mango, and several large leaves of kale (extra frozen mango gives a lovely thick consistency you eat with a bowl and spoon), water
4-5 kale leaves, 2 apples, 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 lemon, water
1/2 head romaine lettuce, 1 cup pineapple chunks, 1 large mango, 1-inch fresh ginger, water
½ bunch parsley, 2 cups leaf lettuce, 2 cups peeled papaya, 1 cup strawberries, water
Lemon Lime Shake Serves 1
1 avocado, peeled and seeded
½ English cucumber
1 lime, peeled
2 lemons, juiced
1 young coconut, juice and meat
1 packet stevia
8 oz cubes
In a blender, layer ingredients in order listed. Blend on low to start. As liquid incorporates, increase speed to high and blend until smooth and frothy. Add more ice for sorbet-type consistency. Serve immediately.
Optional: Add 1-2 tbsp flax seed, 1-2 tbsp fax seed oil, and 1-2 tsp greens powder to increase nutrition, fiber and essential fatty acids in smoothies.