A green smoothie is a great way of getting a stack of good nutrients into the one snack or small meal.
A green smoothie is simply a delicious pureed blend of whatever goodies you care to throw together in a blender. Traditionally they are used to get extra nutrition in one easy drink and combine fruits and green leafy vegetables together with a selection of other tasty and nutritious herbs and spices. By utilising raw fruits and vegetables you receive the full benefit of nutrition and enzymes to promote health.
I have been harvesting lots of berries in my garden these last few weeks, and while I normally just pop them straight into my mouth (someone has to do it!) adding them to a smoothie can turn a quick snack into a more complete meal. Most of you should be aware of the considerable benefits that berries contain for our health. Blueberries and most other berries are high in flavonoids and antioxidants and all tend to pack a potent nutritional punch as well. I love getting my vitamin C straight from the tree or bush, which is one of the benefits of growing your own food. These tangy and bright red Brazilian Cherries (pictured here) are a super high source of vitamin C and way more fun than taking a vitamin C capsule!
- Be sure to use baby greens when making green smoothies as the larger leaves from kale and spinach are high in oxalates, which can bind minerals and be hard to process. There have been reports of people developing kidney stones after eating too many raw green leafy veggies high in calcium oxalate. Larger leaved greens can be briefly blanched in boiling water or wilted in a saucepan to help break down oxalates before pureeing into the smoothie.
- Also be sure to sip these smoothies slowly and allow time for mingling with digestive juices in the mouth before swallowing.
You can get creative and try different combinations of greens, fruits and bases of water, coconut water, or milks of your choice. Avocado is a great addition to make a delicious creamy base! Have fun!
- 1⁄2 cup mixed berries
- 1 cup water or coconut milk/cream
- 1 cup baby green leaves
- handful of mint
- 1 scoop of collagen (optional)
- 1 avocado
- 1 cup baby spinach or small leaved kale loosely packed
- 2 sticks of celery chopped
- 1 tomato
- handful of fresh herbs (basil, mint, parsley)
- 1 cup filtered water
- Using a food processer or blender, puree all ingredients together until well-combined.
- The smoother the texture the more pleasant to drink.
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