Change your life – drink your greens!
The Green Smoothie
As I started studying nutrition, one resounding piece of advice kept appearing and that revolves around the green drink! Most nutrition experts recommend the consumption of one green drink a day to enhance energy, aid digestion, cleanse the body, and keep the body alkaline (a healthy pH). The blending of whole foods allows you not only to consume more fruits and veggies than you could eat in one sitting (a powerful green smoothie can contain more nutrients than some people consume in a week!) but it also works as a pseudo pre-digestive tool, breaking down the fibers allowing your body to consume a high volume of nutrients that is easily and immediately digested by the body – hence, it’s energy giving power. Not to mention, drinking your greens will keep your skin glowing and make your hair and eyes shine. I started blending my fruits and veggies for about a year now and I now can’t imagine my life without it. Nothing makes you feel better and more energized than these whole food, nutrient dense beverages.
In addition to being a God send to your body, smoothies are super simple to prep making them a perfect meal replacement. Enjoy them for breakfast, after a workout or for an afternoon snack. I typically drink one green smoothie daily, usually for breakfast. I start with a water base, but feel free to use coconut water or any non-dairy milk. Plant-based protein powder can also give your smoothie a boost and smoother texture, (my favourite is Vega‘s Chocolate flavored Vega One Nutritional Shake) although it’s not necessary – greens have enough protein on their own, especially with the addition of hemp seeds (a complete protein containing all 10 amino acids). Frozen berries are great for a chilled feel, or ice can be added. My smoothies vary daily depending on the greens I have in my fridge but they often include ingredients like these:
The Green Smoothie
1.5 cups water (or coconut water, almond milk, hemp milk, etc.)
1/2 a juiced lemon
5 kale leaves
1 large handful of spinach
3 swiss chard leaves
2 celery sticks
1/3 of a cucumber
A few sprigs of parsley or cilantro
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp ground flax seeds and/or chia seeds
1 tsp of fresh ginger
1 banana (I use fruit for sweetener. You can use whatever fruit you like. Sometimes I use apples, pears, oranges, dates, etc.)
1/2 cup frozen berries (blueberries are my favourite!)
1 scoop Vega One Nutritional Shake (optional)
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add more or less liquid for desired texture.
When experimenting with ingredients, try to keep a 3:1 veggie to fruit ratio in your smoothies – the greener the better! You might want to go as far as to cutting out your daily coffee and substituting it with a green drink! However you choose to incorporate a green smoothie into your life enjoy the vibrant changes nutrient dense, whole foods make in your body and daily life! You’ll fall in love with greens, I promise.