Smoothies aren’t just for fruit. If you are looking to get more greens in your diet and aren’t much of a fan of eating salads, green smoothies are the best way to get your daily fruit and vegetable requirement and ‘green inner glow’.
Leafy greens are packed with amino acids, iron, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and fiber. By blending greens into a liquid form, you rupture the cell wall that unlocks all the vital nutrients for easy absorption and instant energy.
You really want to buy organic produce, so always try to buy local produce that is in season, and make it a weekly habit to visit your local farmers market.
This is a great starter green smoothie.
- 1 cup coconut water
Coconut water is naturally is loaded with B Vitamins, Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and other essential minerals and gives skin a healthy glow.
- 1 bulb bok choy
Tastes great with these tropical components without tasting ‘too green’.
- 1/2 banana
High in potassium, bananas are a great way to thicken a blend and make them more filling, especially if you don’t want to use dairy products.
- 1 cup pineapple
Pineapples combine well with any fruit and vegetable when juicing and contain the strongest protein-digesting enzyme, bromelain, which aids digestion.
- 1 orange, peeled
Peel the orange, but try to retain as much of the white pith as possible for nutritional value.
You can also supercharge your smoothie with superfood like chia seeds, wheatgrass powder, hemp protein, ground flax, or a personal favorite, goji berries.
This helps thicken the mixture so you don’t have to add the extra calories from ingredients like yogurt and milk.
There are literally dozens of fruit/veggie combos, so you can’t get bored. Get in the habit of a green smoothie in the morning and you know that you’re all set for the rest of the day.
Go for green!
This is one of several juices featured in Breville’s Springpad “Juicing 101″ notebook: