10 Top Reasons you should Drink Green Smoothies: 1. Eat amazing nutritious green foods, you normally don't eat 2. You don't need to add high-fat laden salad dressing to "get it down" 3. You will be living the way God or Nature intended you to eat. 4. A high power blender (Vitamix or Blendtec) breaks down walls of cellulose better than your teeth can, making nutrition immediately available 5.You get more live enzymes in blended greens than any other food 6. Smoothies retain all the fiber in the plant, compared to juicing 7. green smoothies are fast to prepare and eat (I actually bring them with me on vacation, frozen) 8.You have a lower impact on the environment 9.They taste good- young and old should enjoy them. 10. They lower your cravings for sugar.
A good rule of thumb is 60% fruit & 40% leafy greens. Your smoothie will be green but it won't taste like spinach or kale.
Here's an example: 1 banana (gives thickness and sweetens) 1/2 c. fruit: peaches, pears, pineapple, etc. 1 cup spinach or kale leaves 4 ice cubes 1/2 c.: milk, soy milk rice milk, juice, kefir, etc. sweetener (optional): honey, maple syrup, dates to taste
Blend in blender until combined.
From Stephanie: If you’re new to green smoothies, I suggest you start with kale or lettuce. They have a very neutral flavor. When I use spinach, I use less leaves because they have a stronger flavor. With mustard greens, I use even less.
If you make your smoothie and it tastes too much like vegetables, add more fruit.
I like some of the ingredients in the smoothie to be frozen. That makes it nice and cold and thick.
If you put blueberries in your smoothie, your children won’t even know they’re eating “green”!
Greens can be removed from the stem, placed on a cookie sheet and frozen. Once frozen, crumble them into a freezer bag to store them in the freezer until you are ready to use them.
To increase your nutrition, you may want to add some of the following to your smoothies: flax seeds or flax oil, chia seeds, almonds, cinnamon, ginger root, coconut oil, avocado, mint leaves, sprouts.
Homemade kefir is a great way to add beneficial bacteria to your smoothie. Water kefir is effortless to make and is ready in 48 hours. Milk kefir requires a bit more finessing but is easily made at home. You can buy water and milk kefir grains at http://www.culturesforhealth.com/
Leslie Moss has been drinking green smoothies for over a year, here are her suggestions.... Most of you want to read more and get more information about green smoothies. There are many websites and books out there about green smoothies. My favorites are Robyn Openshaw and Victoria Boutenko. Look them up for many, many different "styles" of smoothies.
Is it another fad diet? Or a passing theory? I can't say, but it can't hurt to eat vegetables that I'd never heard of or tried my 40 + years. Most people who are ordering Mrs. Dickson's fruit and vegetable baskets have confessed to me that they are enjoying the added health of eating better, because they have at their fingertips a wider variety of foods than they'd normally buy. So come on...take those fruit and vegetables and ramp up your health another notch!! The goal of a green smoothie lifestyle is health. Weight loss will come. Mine was very slow. I'm happy to talk about it and my change to gluten free eating. But that's a whole other subject, so email or facebook me. The main idea is to get to 60-80% Raw eating. Green smoothie drinking will help facilitate this. Plus, don't overdo it on the fruits. Your body will become overly acidic, and too many natural sugars will overwork your pancreas. Start out with a ratio of more fruit over vegetables; then slowly switch it to more vegetables over fruit.