September 06, 2013
Obsessed with... Green Smoothies

Earlier this year, I took part in the Simple Green Smoothies’ 30-day Challenge, for the entire month of January.

I’d heard a lot about green smoothies, but never been game enough to try one. However, being the sometimes-adventurous natural health nut that I am, I decided to suck it up and give them a go.

The great thing about these smoothies is that they help you to reach your daily quota of leafy greens, and what I love most about them is that they make a quick, easy and super-healthy snack or meal replacement.

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Green smoothies can naturally boost energy and help support your immune system, and are full to the brim with antioxidants.

To start sipping on your own super-green, super-healthy super drink, all you’ll need is a blender, water or nut milk, some leafy greens and your favourite fruits.

Blend the greens in some filtered water, coconut water or natural nut milk (like almond milk) until smooth. You can then get as creative as you like, adding delicious combinations of fruits (my favourites are bananas, goji berries, raspberries and mango), seeds (like chia or hemp), or a natural protein powder (the best in my books? David Wolfe’s Organic Raw Energised Protein Powder).

Here are some of my favourite Simple Green Smoothies recipes…

 

Beginner’s Luck 

The Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie is a great starter smoothie for beginners. It’s full of iron, potassium and vitamins galore— and tastes like a tropical treat from all the island fruit. So head to the grocery store now and give this smoothie a try. We have a feeling you will be pleasently surprised.

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Ingredients:

2 cups spinach, fresh
2 cups water
1 cup pineapple
1 cup mango
2 bananas

– Serves 2 –

Directions:

Blend spinach and water until smooth. Next add the remaining fruits and blend again.

Free Radical Fighting Super Smoothie 

Try this Free Radical Fighting Super Smoothie once you’ve moved beyond the beginning stages of green smoothies. Cantaloupes are a rich source of vitamin A (as beta-carotene) and vitamin C, which are important immunity and antioxidant vitamins. They also contain good levels of B vitamins and vitamin K. Blueberries rank the highest for antioxidants when it comes to fruit. And these tiny berries are full of vitamin C and fiber. Mint helps soothe your stomach and stimulates digestion of fats. Let’s blend breakfast together! 

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Ingredients:

2 cups spinach, fresh
1 mint leaf, fresh
1 cup water (optional)
2 cups ripe cantaloupe, rind removed
1/2 cup blueberries
1 apple
1/2 lime, fresh squeezed

– Serves 2 –

Directions:

Blend spinach, mint leaf and ripe cantaloupe until smooth. You do not need to add a liquid-base to this recipe because of the high water content in ripe cantaloupes. Next add the remaining fruits and blend again.

Emily Bathgate

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