I absolutely loveeee green smoothies, I don’t understand people who don’t like them. I think they are perfect!!! Not only is it a great way to get a large amount of greens in, but they taste so delicious as well! If anyone tells you green smoothies taste like dirt, ignore them, they obviously didn’t make it right. With the right combination of ingredients, you can make a tasty, healthy and satisfying drink. I promise you can’t even taste the greens.
Getting your greens in is so important. Most people don’t realise how much of a vital significance that they are in your diet. You hear all the time “eat your greens!” but why? What exactly does it help with?
Well the answer is pretty much everything! For example, spinach and kale are one of the most nutrient dense foods, commonly referred to as superfoods. They contain a many vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients important for body functions. Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, magnesium, folate, manganese, iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B2, potassium, and vitamin B6. It’s also, believe it or not, a very good source of protein, phosphorus, vitamin E, zinc, dietary fiber, and copper. Plus, it’s a good source of selenium, niacin, and omega-3 fatty acids. It’s also loaded with flavonoids which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from free radicals.
Diabetes management: Spinach contains an antioxidant known as alpha-lipoic acid, which has been shown to lower glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes in patients with diabetes.
Cancer prevention: Spinach and other green vegetables contain chlorophyll which has shown to be effective at blocking the carcinogenic effects of heterocyclic amines which are generated when grilling foods at a high temperature.
Lowering blood pressure: Because of its high potassium content, spinach is recommended to those with high blood pressure to negate the effects of sodium in the body.
Bone health: Low intakes of vitamin K have been associated with a higher risk for bone fracture. Adequate vitamin K consumption is important for good health, as it acts as a modifier of bone matrix proteins, improves calcium absorption and may reduce urinary excretion of calcium.
Healthy skin and hair: Spinach in high in vitamin A, which is necessary for sebum production to keep hair moisturised. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair. Spinach and other leafy greens high in vitamin C are imperative for the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair.
So you can see from all this information that eating your greens is so important! But, people are so reluctant to do so because of the taste. A smoothie or juice is an excellent way of getting in those greens, trust me, you cannot taste them at all. People are put of by the colour, but if you have the right ratio of ingredients, I promise you, all you will taste is the sweet natural goodness from the fruit that will fuel your cells with energy and you’ll be buzzing all day!
- 1 Cup Almond Milk (I used Blue Diamond Unsweetened) or 1 Cup Coconut Water
- 2 Frozen Bananas
- 2 Large handfulls Frozen grapes
- 2 Cups Spinach
- 1 Tbs Vitamineral Greens Powder
- 2 Tsp Chia Seeds
- ¼ Cucumber
- ½ Apple (Optional)
- 1.5 Cups Water
- Add the liquid to the blender followed by the spinach, fruit, chia seeds and powder
- Bend on high speed until combined, add more liquid if needed
- Pour into a large glass or jar and serve!