Green smoothies are much healthier than fruit or vegetable juices. When juices are extracted, you get vitamins and minerals but no fiber. However, smoothies are made using the whole fruit/vegetable, so you get all the fiber in your drink.This blended drink of fresh fruits and dark leafy greens will give you energy, a fast healthy meal and transformed your bodies from the inside out.
The most simple green smoothie formula is the '2 plus 2 plus 3' system. So that would be 2 cups of leafy greens such as spinach, kale or bok choy, plus 2 cups of a liquid base such as almond milk or coconut water plus 3 cups of fruit. The choices are all yours to explore as their are so many options and really does depend on how sweet - or not, you would like your drink/breakfast to be. And don't forget to add some boosters such as chia or flax seeds or some cinnamon or almond butter for a bit of added variation.
5 Green Smoothie tips to get you started:
1.) Follow the 60/40 formula.
When you’re making your first few green smoothies, don’t just throw things in the blender. Chances are, it’ll taste nasty if you wing it right out of the gate. To save you a few smoothie-fails, follow this simple formula: 60% fruits to 40% leafy green
2.) Blend in stages to avoid leafy chunks.
Chewing your green smoothie is no fun! To get a “smooth” green smoothie experience, blend up your leafy greens and liquid-base first. Then add your remaining fruits and blend again.
3.) Ditch the ice and freeze some fruits.
Want your green smoothie to be extra chilly? Freeze your favourite fruits like ripe bananas (peel first), grapes, pineapple or berries. This is also a great way to not waste ripe fruits (like those brown bananas on the kitchen bench). You can also freeze your leafy greens in a freezer-safe bag. Just make sure to add your frozen greens straight to the blender (don’t defrost them first).
4.) Use raw natural sweeteners.
Add naturally sweet fruits to any smoothie that tastes bitter or a bit too “green.” By sticking with naturally sweet fruits like bananas, mango, apples, pears or pitted dates, we avoid artificial sweeteners and processed sugars.
5.) Make smoothies ahead for the perfect fast food.
We all know life can get crazy busy— especially in the morning. That’s why green smoothies are the healthiest fast food for people who are constantly on the go. You can blend your green smoothie the night before and store it in your fridge (up to 2 days). Use an airtight lid to limit oxidation and keep it as fresh as possible. When ready to drink, give it a good shake before you open.
This article is presented by:
Dr. Mario R Ferraro - Chiropractor & Wellness Practitioner.
Caroline Springs & Essendon Fields
The Information presented in this article is a guide only and does not substitute for health professional consultation.