What is a Green Smoothie?

picresized_th_1266063616_IMG_0410A Green Smoothie is a whole food smoothie made with fresh fruit and greens.

Sometimes other things can be added such as vegetables, seeds, seasonings or Rejuvelac, but for best digestibility and to receive the most benefit from the greens, a Green Smoothie is made with fresh fruit and greens only.

It is a “whole food” smoothie because unlike juicing, the whole food is used. Juicing removes the pulp or fiber, where as whole food smoothies do not.

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Why drink Green Smoothies?

It is a delicious, nutritious way to get your greens.

~Greens: We often hear it said that we need to eat our greens, but do we actually understand the importance of greens? Most of us do not.

First of all, greens and vegetables are not the same thing.

~Greens are green leafy foods, such as kale, romaine, spinach, carrot tops, chard, parsley, cilantro, lambsquarters, mint, arugula, and the list goes on and on.

~Greens are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, live enzymes, and amino acids (protein).

~Greens are the primary food group that match human nutritional needs most completely. In fact, greens are the only food group that helps digest other foods through stimulating the secretion of digestive enzymes.*

 

~Greens provide protein in the form of individual amino acids. These amino acids are easier for the body to utilize than complex proteins. A variety of greens can supply all the protein we need to sustain each of our unique bodies.*

One pound of kale has even more protein than is recommended by the USDA per day.*

~Greens support the function of Homeostasis: A physiological process that keeps all substances in the body at the levels necessary for optimal body health.*

~Greens help to make the body more alkaline.

Why WHOLE food smoothies?

In one word……FIBER!!

Again, we hear all the time about our need for fiber, but do we truly understand?

The main purpose of consuming fiber is elimination. Without fiber, complete elimination is nearly impossible, if possible at all.*

By consuming enough insoluble fiber we unlock the door to eliminate toxins from the body the easy and normal way.*

*Massive amounts of research on dietary fiber have been done all around the world since the beginning of the last century. We now have tons of undeniable evidence of fiber’s many healing properties. Here are some of them:

  • Fiber can strengthen a diseased heart
  • Fiber reduces cholesterol which decreases the risk of heart disease.
  • Fiber prevents many different kinds of cancer, reduces cancer risks and binds carcinogens
  • Fiber can lessen the risk of diabetes and improve already diagnosed diabetes.
  • Fiber steadies blood-sugar levels by slowing down the absorption of sugar
  • Fiber can strengthen the immune system.
  • Fiber keeps our bowels healthy, relieves constipation, and promotes regularity.
  • Fiber prevents gallstones.
  • Fiber promotes healthy intestinal bacteria.
  • Fiber helps us loose weight and curbs overeating.
  • Fiber binds up excess estrogen.
  • Fiber prevents ulcers.

In the typical SAD (standard American diet) we eat tremendously insufficient amounts of fiber and then wonder why our bodies do not function properly.

Why Green Smoothies? Why not just eat our greens?

Greens possess more valuable nutrients than any other food group, but all these nutrients are stored inside the cells of plants. These cells are made of tough material….To release all the valuable nutrients from within the cells, the cell walls need to be ruptured. To rupture these sturdy cells is not easy. This is why eating greens without chewing them thoroughly would not satisfy our nutritional needs. In simple words, we need to chew our greens to a creamy consistency in order to get the benefits.*

This is where Green Smoothies come in. By processing your greens in a high power blender, the cell walls are ruptured releasing the precious nutrients inside.

It is my firm belief that we must have adequate greens for optimal health and that the easiest, most effective, way to accomplish this is by drinking Green Smoothies.

This article has barely scratched the surface regarding the topic of greens and Green Smoothies. Much of this article has come directly from the book *Green For Life, by Victoria Boutenko. I don’t usually write an article almost completely from one source. However, Victoria Boutenko does a marvelous job of describing our need for greens and how this need can be satisfied by drinking Green Smoothies. There are many books on this topic. I consider Green For Life to be a must have book if you are serious about your health.

If you do not have a copy, of Green for Life, get one, read it, and Green for Lifebegin changing your life.

What kind of blender do I need?

5200FruitSmA regular blender will not do a sufficient job of blending your greens. You need a high power blender like the Vita Mix. This is an exceptional piece of kitchen equipment that does a variety of tasks including making smooth delicious Green Smoothies.

Green smoothies look a little odd to most of us because we seem to have some strange aversion to green.

However, they truly are delicious when made well!

 

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The more you drink Green Smoothies, the more you will crave them. As your body gets used to the exceptional nutrition in Green Smoothies, you will begin to desire more healthy living foods.

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