The Power of the Green Smoothie

6 Mar

There is no doubt that a green smoothie is the perfect addition to anyones day if you feel like you are not getting enough greens! Packed full of antioxidants, enzymes, nutrients, vitamins and minerals, a delicious green smoothie is a must. And with so many variations you’re sure to find one that suits your taste buds!

Here is one that I love, but feel free to play around with the ingredients:Green Smoothie Power

  • For a base I use a mixture of filtered water with green or peppermint tea (cooled), or coconut water- about 500mls
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 2 celery stalks
  • Handful of fresh or frozen berries
  • ½ avocado, or a generous dollop of coconut cream (full fat!) or a 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1-2 handfuls of spinach, or kale.

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

I’m lucky enough to have a Vitamix (which is very much the love of my life), but if your blender isn’t as powerful make sure you chop the ingredients finely.

This usually makes enough for 4 smoothies, so I either freeze the rest or keep in an air tight jar in the fridge.

Go ahead and experiment with the consistency and ingredients. Sometimes I add a raw egg or protein powder for added oomph after a workout.  Or you might want to add more ice to make it a bit thicker. You can add spices like Cinnamon or Tumeric for a superfood hit!

If you are new to green smoothies you might want to go for a more fruit based smoothie by adding a frozen or fresh banana and apple.  Then over time add more green and less fruit – go on think of the goodness you are giving your hot bod!

Including more green vegetables into your diet via a green smoothie can improve our health by:

  • Improving digestion by promoting good gut bacteria
  • Ramping up our detoxing process (and therefore weight loss) and reducing free radicals in the body
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces cravings (if your body is getting adequate intake of the nutrients it needs it’s less likely to reach for unnecessary processed sugar)
  • Regulates metabolism, bloods sugar levels and again the fat burning process
  • Makes you happy from mood boosting nutrients – so next time you’re feeling a bit flat reach for a green smoothie 🙂

What’s in your favourite green smoothie??

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5 Responses to “The Power of the Green Smoothie”

  1. Julie-Anne Donnachie March 6, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    I need to buy a blender…..

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    • kimmcp4 March 9, 2013 at 6:07 am #

      Maybe a late bday present you yourself Jules? You deserve it!

  2. Steve March 7, 2013 at 5:41 am #

    Yum! I like to add a fistful of mint to lighten it up on those sluggish, hot days.

    • kimmcp4 March 9, 2013 at 6:06 am #

      Sounds delicious and refreshing Steve!

  3. synergyglassart March 15, 2013 at 7:44 am #

    I’ve just written down all the ingredients (including Steve’s suggestion of mint) and plan to make this Sunday morning. Yummo!

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