Normally, drinks or smoothies exclusively made of vegetables doesn’t appeal to me. Since green smoothies seem to be the latest rage these days, I had to try it for myself. And I did. I never felt so energised since my slurpee drinking days. The best part it that they are not as addictive as caffeinated drinks are. Apart from that, drinking green smoothies is a great way to incorporate tremendous amounts of greens into your diet – not just eating vegetables alone. One serving of a green smoothie contains over 3 cups of dark leafy green vegetables, which is more than many people get in a week. Dieticians have been educating the public about the multiple benefits of greens for decades, but it was not clear how to incorporate fresh greens into everyone’s daily diet. Greens are believed to have more nutritional value than any other vegetable. Green vegetables even have high-quality, easily-assimilated amino acids– enough to build the protein that supports the muscle mass of gorillas, which pound-for-pound are the strongest animals on earth. Blending greenss help make their full spectrum of nutrition readily available to the body. Nutrients are encased inside plant cells and getting their benefits requires these cells’ walls to be ruptured. Green smoothies are generally made by blending large amounts of raw leafy green vegetables with fruit to soften and sweeten the taste. Vegetables in green smoothies consist of kale, spinach, swiss chard, collard greens, celery, broccoli, and parsley. As one of the healthiest breakfast meals, green smoothies retain all of the fiber of the greens and fruit, rather than removing it. Fiber is critical for ongoing cleansing by sweeping out toxins on a regular basis, helping to keep your digestive tract and body clean, and also keeping you more full so that you tend to eat lighter meals throughout the day.
For this recipe, you will need:
- 1 cup of frozen spinach thawed
- 1 cup of chopped kale or swiss chard
- 1/3 cup of fresh parsley stems removed
- 2 ripe bananas chopped
- 1 ripe avocado
- 2 cups of milk of your choice
- 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve chilled or freeze for later use.
Yields 2 servings