Green Smoothies: Be open-minded and adventurous!

Once I made a Green Smoothie with some broccoli for my brother…  “Welcome home!” The color couldn’t lie. There was obviously something green in it. Sceptical, he slowly took a sip. He loved it!  He said: “It’s delicious, but I know you put some weird veggies in it, I don’t want to know what it is before I finish my glass!” Of course, I couldn’t resist and told him 30 seconds later: “By the way, how is my Broccoli Smoothie?”

Let me start with a quick and terrifying statement:

Scary, right!?

On average, 63% of the calories consumed by Americans eating a standard American diet, come from processed food.  They lack true nourishment and contain only a few nutrients!  Only a dismal 12% of calories come from fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and seeds! Scary, right?

It’s time to stop the insanity and to go back to more natural and healthy ways to feed ourselves and the next generation. 

 

Not everybody likes eating greens. So here’s the solution: Drink them while savoring the flavors of pineapple, strawberries, mango or peach!

 

I’m talking about smoothies, not juices. We want to keep all the good and essential fibers that the juicer leaves behind. All you need is a good blender. Our choice is the Vitamix… and we love it! I know it’s pricy, but it’s commercial grade and can chop through anything you throw in it with ease. Cleaning is also incredibly easy! We use ours daily so you definitely get your moneys worth.

 

Here are our easy Green Smoothie Recipes!

If you follow the table, you will always end up with something delicious. Mix everything according to your taste. If you like a creamy texture add some banana or avocado, If you have a sweet tooth, berries, pineapple or mango will help you get the taste you’re searching for. We like adding some Chia seeds is almost everything we eat. Chia has a high amount of protein and Omega-3. It’s known as a super-food.  Lime or lemon juice adds a nice kick to your mixture.  We use fresh or frozen organic fruits and veggies. If you are not using frozen ingredients, remember to add a few ice cubes in the blender.

coconut water, broccoli, banana, kiwi, cucumber, chia seeds

coconut water, broccoli, banana, kiwi, cucumber, chia seeds

Snipped bottle nipple

Snipped bottle nipple

 

Our boy started drinking green smoothies at 10 months old. He could have started earlier if I'd had the idea of snipping the top of his bottle nipple with a pair of scissors sooner!

 

water, mix of greens, açai, avocado, banana, orange

water, mix of greens, açai, avocado, banana, orange

“But there’s sugar in fruits!”

Yes, there is sugar, good sugar, and your body needs it. But, don’t drink smoothies all day long. They do contain a decent amount of calories. However, remember that the sugar in fruit isn't the same as table sugar, high fructose corn syrup, soda, pastries or candy. They are full of nutrients: vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, dietary fiber and natural sugars such as glucose and fructose. Fruits are real food and healthy nutritious fuel for your body. 

 

What about Greens?

If you dive a little into the Green Science, you will learn that they contain: high-quality amino acids, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are plant-based chemicals that support your immune system, improve health and longevity, and may reduce life-threatening diseases. Note that it's good to rotate your Greens to get a variety of nutrients from different plant sources.  But in terms of nutritional value, kale is the winner! A good rule of thumb is The darker the color, the more nutrients inside.

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coconut water, spinach and baby kale, kiwi, pineapple, lime.

coconut water, spinach and baby kale, kiwi, pineapple, lime.

No more excuses to not try greenish smoothies. Not only are they healthy, but they are also tasty! You can experiment with flavors, add super-food and control the amount of sugar or protein. Most of them taste like fruit, you won’t notice anything green in there! Sometimes, thanks to the color of other ingredients, they don’t even look green. So for those you are afraid of the green color, add some blueberries!

almond milk, baby kale, apple, strawberries, blueberries.

almond milk, baby kale, apple, strawberries, blueberries.

 Make your own creations. The possibilities are endless and you will never get tired of them. Make a veggie and fruit-packed smoothie a smart breakfast or snack choice, ready in 2 minutes! 

Your body will thank you!

We would love to know your favorite Smoothie Recipe!

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