Green smoothies are great, but they are sweet-tasting, and sometimes, for whatever reason, we want a more savory flavor.
Plus, the fruit content in many smoothie recipes may be a problem for some people with diabetes and blood sugar issues.
Also, the smoothies are really, …well… smooth (duh!)- almost like baby food – which is important for good assimilation of nutrients, especially if you add hard-to-chew greens, such as kale or collard greens. So, for variety, you may want to add some crunchiness to your meals from time to time.
Whatever the reason, I encourage to add some Green Power Soup and Salad Recipes to your blending repertoire .
Bananas have for long been a staple in many parts of the world. Most people enjoy bananas and banana smoothies. They taste sweet, they are filling, come prepackaged in their own yellow jackets which makes them super-convenient to eat on the go and easy to bring with you on the road.
However, some people believe that they are bad for us because of the sugar and high calorie content, and therefore believe that they should be avoided. However, even the American Diabetes Association states that “Despite being erroneously called “fattening” and too high in sugar, a small banana only contains about 100 calories, which is not much more than a medium apple. Nor should it raise your blood glucose level too high.”
I’ve been reading a lot about green living and sustainability lately. I thought I’ve been doing OK with eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and eliminating most of junk foods and fast foods from my family’s diet and – although it’s still far from perfection – I’ve been pretty happy with the relatively low impact on the environment that such a diet has.
Let’s face it – with our busy schedules, we don’t always have time to sit down and eat a healthy salad or prepare proper healthy dishes that the whole family would enjoy. But, do not despair! The quick and easy solution is pick up a quick smoothie recipe and to whip up a quick green smoothie for yourself (and your family) that will give you energy, fill your belly, and fuel your tank with all the right foods.
OK, if you read any of my previous blog posts, you know by now that you should be drinking lots and lots of fresh green smoothies every day. So today, I’m going to talk about my favorite smoothie maker that I use at least 3-4 times a day to prepare green smoothies for myself or my family. It’s been over three years now that I’ve been using a Vitamix blender, and – wow – it has made my life so much easier, healthier and more enjoyable to boot.
Prior to buying the Vitamix, I’d been using a different blender – I will not mention the brand here, as it does not matter. It was doing an OK job blending fruits and soft greens, such as spinach, but as it comes to making smoothies with tougher plants – kale or celery, for example – it was awful. It could not handle the tougher jobs, resulting in a chunky texture that was not very palatable. Also, I was afraid to run it for too long, as the engine was overheating quickly.
Based on my 4+ years experience with smoothies, I can definitely say that drinking green smoothies is the quickest, easiest way to obtain incredible health results without a lot of fuss or effort.
Simply by adding one green smoothie to your diet every day will likely start to bring about amazing positive change in your body. When the body gets the foods it needs, it can heal itself.
Green Smoothies are fast and extremely easy to make. No matter what your schedule is, you can manage making a Green Smoothie. From start to finish, it takes less than 5 minutes, and that includes cleaning up!
I’ve been drinking them for years, and I honestly cannot remember the last time I was sick or had a cold (I used to have colds ad least 3-4 times per year. Plus I suffered from seasonal allergies and a host of other issues.)
You can call them blended drinks, green shakes, green smoothies, green fruit smoothies, drinkable salads or salads straight from your blender. It doesn’t really matter what you call them! The fact is that if you are having problems with eating a healthy diet, and especially if you have picky-eaters in your house who will not touch a green vegetable with a stick – this is a perfect solution to your problem.
The Green Smoothie is essentially a blended salad made with fruits and leafy greens, with some optional water, blended at high speeds to smooth consistency. Generally, hard or savory vegetables such as carrots or tomatoes are avoided. Only fruits and leafy greens are included.
Whether you are trying to improve your health, lose weight, get more energy, clear your skin, get sick less often – one habit that will help you tremendously to achieve your goals quickly is drinking green smoothies every day.
Most people know that to be healthy and achieve ideal weight they should be eating a healthy diet that includes loads of fresh fruits and vegetables. However few people are able to actually do that consistently each and every day AND in quantities that can really make a difference.
Forget the “apple a day keeps the doctor away” or even the 3-5 servings a day of fruits and vegetables!
To really notice a difference, you need to take MASSIVE action – which means eating LOADS of fresh RAW fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens.