A few days ago I made my first green smoothie. I read about the health benefits of green smoothies somewhere, so I wanted to try them for myself.
And because I participate in Angie’s 30 Days to Better Healthy Living Challenge, I thought now is the perfect time to experiment with something new. 🙂
BTW, when I talk about green smoothies, I mean smoothies that include green, leafy vegetables like spinach, kale or romaine as an essential ingredient. Depending on how much and what other ingredients you use, your smoothie might not actually turn green in color.
Green Smoothie Benefits
Green smoothies have many health benefits. First of all, fresh green vegetables possess more valuable nutrients than any other food group: they are rich in almost all essential minerals and vitamins, including protein. Antioxidants and other substances found in green leafy vegetables boost our immune system, helping us fight against premature aging, obesity, heart disease, diabetes and joints diseases.
The bad news is that the majority of Americans don’t get even the minimum recommended amount of green produce, which is three cups per week!
After Victoria Boutenko, the author of Green for Life, started consuming lots of green smoothies, she lost cravings for sweets and unhealthy foods, plus her nails grew stronger and her vision sharpened. She also felt much more energized than before, even though she had eaten a raw food diet for years.
If you don’t know how to prepare tasty salads or simply don’t like eating greens, preparing and enjoying green smoothies is a super easy way to enjoy the benefits.
Recipe: Green Smoothie With Raspberry and Spinach
Ingredients (1 serving)
- Two handfuls of spinach
- One ripe banana
- One cup of frozen (or fresh) raspberries
If you have a high-speed blender like Vitamix or Blendtec, you can probably put all the ingredients in at once. To save my poor blender form overheating, I add my ingredients in batches.
Cut the ripe banana in pieces and put it in a blender. Add a few leaves of spinach at a time, then add some water. When all the spinach is blended, add the raspberries in batches. Add more water if needed.
That’s pretty much it! Green smoothies couldn’t be more simple to prepare. My spinach/raspberry smoothie is fresh and delicious. And it doesn’t make an awful mess like preparing a smoothie with milk, yogurt and protein powder does!
I think making green smoothies is a great way to include veggies in your diet. Even if your children refuse to touch veggies, I bet they’d love drinking green smoothies. And they would absolutely *love* messing with a blender. 🙂
I’ll definitely be making more green smoothies.