Why you should drink green juices or smoothies?

green-smoothie1Looking to incorporate more greens and vegetables into your diet but aren’t sure how?  Do you run low on energy? Or long for more vibrant glowing skin?  I may have an idea for you….

If you aren’t someone that has already jumped on the green juice or green smoothie wagon, you may want to be.  These are two great ways to pleasantly get more dark leafy greens and alkaline vegetables into your daily diet.

One of the best investments I’ve made in my health and my family’s health is my juicer.  I finally bought it last winter after much trepidation ….would I really use it enough to justify the cost? Is it too big and cumbersome? You get the drill, but I started juicing right away and didn’t stop for months so I quickly put those doubts to rest.  You don’t need a juicer though; a basic blender can get you on the road to making smoothies today.

What’s the difference?  Well when vegetables and fruits are put through a juicer all the juice and nutrients are extracted for you to drink and the fibrous portion is with held in your juicer basket.  Juices are the easiest on the body to digest since there is no fiber for the digestive system to have to break down; they are a smoother drink without the pulp and are fully packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll.

When making a smoothie the fruit and vegetables along with water or milk and other ingredients are added to a blender and blended to your consistency of choice.  Smoothies contain all the vitamins and minerals from the ingredients as well as the fiber from the fruit and vegetables for a more substantive drink.  Which you choose to go with really does depend on your preference and what it is you’re looking for.  Here is a how to and a couple of my favorite recipes.

How to make a great green juice;

For me the 3 to 1 ratio of 3 vegetables to each 1 fruit was where I began but I slowly added a few more vegetables in for extra nutrients.

Start with a basic green you’re comfortable with like kale, baby spinach or romaine lettuce; add some additional vegetables like a cucumber, celery stalks and even broccoli stems (love having a purpose for them now) and finally add a piece of fruit like a green apple or pear.  Green apples and pears are sweet enough to give you an offset to the greens in the juice and juice really well. Before drinking I will typically squeeze the juice of ½ a lemon in as well, I love the freshness it provides and it will cut the green grassy taste of the juice for beginners.

 

My basic green juice

4 romaine leaves

2 handfuls of kale

1 cucumber (peeled unless organic)                                        photo (5)

4 celery stalks

1 green apple

½ lemon, juiced

Put all the ingredients except the lemon through the juicer.  Juice the lemon into the green juice and enjoy.

 

How to make a great green smoothie;

Begin with a liquid base in your blender like water, coconut water or milk (any kind you choose) add your greens like baby spinach and blend a bit.  Add the rest of your vegetables like celery and cucumber chopped up and blend some more.  Finally add any chopped fruit you’d like even frozen fruit for an extra frothy smoothie.  Some good fruit to add are green apples, pears or even frozen berries.

From here the additions to your smoothie are endless.  You could add flax seeds or chia seeds, a scoop of coconut oil or almond butter or even cacao powder, nibs or goji berries.  You can customize whether you want a thicker smoothie or thin it out with more or less of your liquid and enjoy.

My basic green smoothie

2 cups water

6 romaine leaves

Large handful of baby spinach

1 cucumber

2 pears

Blend water romaine and spinach first then add chopped cucumber and pears blend until smooth.

 

Why go with these green elixirs?

It’s a super quick way to get in LOTs of green vegetables.  Instead of  always trying to eat greens at every meal or stress about not eating enough fruits and vegetables you can take care of quite a few of  your daily servings with just one juice or smoothie.

They’re FULL of anti-inflammatory green goodies.  You hear a lot about inflammation these days   which is responsible for a lot of disease and uncomfortable symptoms.  Eating a diet filled with alkaline fruit, vegetables and foods will help your body keep inflammation at bay.

They are an easy, quick way to strengthen your immune system.   With all the vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and antioxidants a green juice or smoothie is a filling, delicious way to get your vitamins in.

 

These are just a couple benefits in a list of many to entice you to give them a try.  I’d love to hear if you are a green juice or smoothie drinker, what do you put in yours?

Trackbacks

  1. […] and berries are just a few that would be great this time of the year.  Maybe start your day with a juice or smoothie or dedicate this week to having a nice big salad for […]

I love hearing from you!

*