This green goop in the glass tastes better than it looks, I promise. Still, you must be wondering what is in there?! Well, here is the story of how my green smoothie came about.
I was hungry and foraging about my fridge looking for something to eat. I would have made an omelette but was out of eggs that day, so decided to throw the random bits of frozen spinach, almost overly ripe bananas into a blender with some organic almond milk and a handful of unsalted almonds, cashews and walnuts.
Now, keep in mind before this, I had no inkling of what actually went into a green smoothie. I have done juice cleanses before, but this was entirely different.
After ensuring everything was well blended together, I poured the mixture into a glass and had my first sip.
IT WAS DELICIOUS! I. Was. Sold.
Not only did this random smoothie curb my hunger, it was also filled with all sorts of nutritious foods. I did some Googling later only to find out that I was unknowingly made a green smoothie!
According to Simple Green Smoothies, a green smoothie recipe traditionally uses
– 2 cups leafy green
– 2 cups liquid base
– 3 cups ripe fruit
To be honest, I never really measure my ingredients. I usually grab a handful of baby spinach, 2 almost-too-ripe bananas, pour in just enough organic almond milk to cover the fruit and veggies before adding in a handful of nuts – unsalted almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts for extra flavour and a shot of protein and carbohydrate. The final step is to blend until smooth.
The above recipe usually makes enough for one. But when I am feeling generous, I do make an extra serving just for me. I never complain about having second servings of a green smoothie. Yum!
If the ease of making a green smoothie and great taste isn’t enough to convince you to regularly include a green smoothie into your diet, here are 5 other reasons why you should GO GREEN… Smoothie:
1. It retains more fiber and nutrients.
Unless you are drinking juice from a slow juicer (aka masticating juicer), it is highly likely that the juice has lost most of its fiber and nutrients. Centrifugal juicers push fruits and vegetables through the juicer using a high-speed blade. Not only does this high-speed create heat, which can destroy valuable nutrients in the fruits, a lot of the fiber is removed when you use a regular juicer.
2. It is more fun!
Yes, while making a smoothie you get to be as creative as you want. You can include cool fruits and veggies into your green smoothie that you could not otherwise juice. For example, you would need a whole lotta blueberries to get one glass of blueberry juice. But if you are including it in your smoothie, a handful will go a long way in giving you great taste.
3. It is cheap and convenient to make.
I promise 5 minutes is all you need to prepare a glass or two of this power smoothie.
Buy loads of veggies and fruits over the weekend and store them in your fridge. When you are ready to make your smoothie, simply grab all your ingredients and throw them into the blender. Turn the power on and voila, a nutritious meal in a cup.
The secret to keeping fresh fruit for long periods of time is this: wash and dry your fruits before putting them in re-sealable bags and storing them in the freezer. I do this for my blueberries and strawberries. You can even opt for frozen vegetables instead of worrying that your leafy greens will go bad.
Not only is a green smoothie easy to make, it is convenient to consume. Most people find it hard to eat their vegetables. When it comes to the leafy greens, the thought of eating them raw or stir-fried can be quite hard to swallow (literally!). I tried eating raw kale once and had to chew non-stop until the leaves were small enough to swallow. I felt like a cow.
Since these tough greens are blended and suspended in a liquid, you will gulp them down without even noticing. Need one more reason why green smoothies are awesome? Your green meal is easily digested because your food items have already been chopped into tiny pieces, and hence does not stress your digestive system.
4. A great balance of good sugar, vegetables and protein.
You get a lasting source of energy from the mix of fruits, veggie and protein in your green smoothie. Fruits are great for breakfast but because of their high sugar content, can spike your energy very quickly and then cause a crash afterwards. With the high content of veggies in a green smoothie, your sugar is balanced out with high fiber and protein from the milk.
I normally have my green smoothie in the morning so I kick-start my energy level and amp up my productivity afterwards.
5. Dark leafy greens are full of chlorophyll.
Chlorophyll is obviously found in all vegetables (it is what gives vegetables their green coloring) but the highest concentrations are present in dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and broccoli. We all know that eating your veggies is good for you but did you know that chlorophyll has great anti-oxidant properties and can promote healthy iron levels in the blood. These are just two of many benefits of consuming chlorophyll!