One of the healthiest and most time efficient health items we have every come across. Green smoothies are an incredibly healthy way to begin a day. Actually, we could most probably live on them (we would just need B12 supplements possibly) Sound crazy, well read on and judge for yourself
Benefits of Green smoothies
- Can provide increased good health, energy and vitality
- Provides a huge enzyme, essential amino acids, vitamin, mineral and nutrient boost
- Help provide the health benefits of green leafy vegetables which are often missing in a western diet and if consumed, are often consumed with oil and salt for taste.
- Provide an alkalinity boost to body. (Especially good as most western diets are more acid forming and the stomach is often quite acidic in morning)
- If using organic ingredients, provides a boost of selvestrol which is potentially cancer inhibiting
- In a busy lifestyle, can be a quick and easy breakfast and if kept refridgerated, can be made in bulk and stored for several days and even used for lunch too or an evening meal.
- Tastes yummy when you put your favourite fruits inside
- Helps make stools softer due to high fibre content which cleans out bowel. Especially good to cure constipation.
How to make:
Ingredients (ideally use organic – especially green leafies if possible as they are quite exposed)
- 1/2 to 3/4 blender size of Green leafy vegetables such as lettuce, kale, english spinach, carrot tops, tops of celery – we also snaek in broccholi if short on other greens
- Fruits – eg bananas, strawberries, apples, paw paw, mango, grapes, watermelon, papaya, rockmelon, seedless grapes (it appears better to avoid more acidic fruits such as lemon, oranges, grapefruit etc. For eg, 2 bananas and e apples (leave in apple seeds as they contain B17 which is a cancer inhibitor. You could also add some apricot kernels (maybe 8) which are an excellent source of B17.
- 2 teaspoons of Ground linseed ( a raw super food with calcium,iron, protein, carbohydrates and omega 3,6,9 essential oil) .
- Filtered or mineral water (ideally fluoride and chlorine free)
Wash all ingredients well and if washing in normal tap water ( which will most probably have chlorine and fluoride in it) then rise with mineral or filtered water.
Put them in a blender (ideally at least 800 watts so that it can more effectively break down the green leafy material, making it easier to absorb and less stringy). If adding apricot kernels with a weaker blender, you may need to grind them down first)
Try to drink at least 600 mls, ideally 1 litre a day.
Some important points:
Try to vary your green leady vegetables, especially if you continue to do this long term
Use organic ingredients as much as possible, especially green leafy vegetables as they have no layer or skin protection to chemicals and fruits like apples, strawberries for the same reason).
Even though they are super tasty, watch the mind (which will probably try to compare it to some sweet fruit drink or turn it around to be viewed as a sort of chore), try to view this from an energy, pranic or even health perspective rather than from a taste perspective . When starting off and especially when sharing a first green smoothie with another, make it extra tasty by putting in extra fruit (grapes always add a yummy taste)
Try to make just before you eat so that it is particularly fresh and energized.
Resist the temptation to add any sweeteners. Put in an extra apple instead.
If you make it in a weaker blender, ie 300 to 600 watts, it may not taste very nice and will likely be stringly and the fruit and greens wont have blended very well. So, you may need to buy a new blender.
You may need to make sure you have a toilet handy when the mixture works its way through your body whilst it gets used to this concentrated blast of goodness.
Green smoothies are thought to have originated with Victoria Boutenko, a remarkable Russian American woman who went on a search to help alleviate the dangerous and life threatening poor health of her family, becoming a raw food expert in the process.
Have you ever wondered what is the best food combination for us as humans. There is so much information out there and it can become confusing. Well, what about if we look at what other creature on the planet in nature eats that is similar us us genetically. Well, the Chimpanzee is the most similar animal to us, with 98% similar dna. Chimpanzees in their natural state, like gorillas, are quite vital and are vegetarians. So, what does a chimpanzee eat?
40% green leafy veges
10%, piths, seeds, bark insects
Our western diet often consists or very little or no green leady vegetables, and if we do have leafy vegetables, they are often consumed with lots salt, of oil and other salad dressing ingredients (which often contain toxins).
You can check out the web page of the Boutenko family for more recipes