Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
(a little early, I know)
I am not Irish but to be festive I wanted to blog about the GREEN SMOOTHIE!!
I figured if people will go so far as to drink green beer, green milk or eat anything colored or dyed green on this day then why not try a healthy and yummy green smoothie.
A green smoothie is just a fruit smoothie with greens blended in. By “greens” I mean spinach, romaine, kale, celery or any other green veggie you can imagine!
You have to trust me on this one, the first time I saw and tasted one of these drinks I thought for sure it was going to taste awful, but I was pleasantly surprised that it did not, in fact it was yummy!
My kids even love them!!!
Okay, so now you may be thinking -I can do the fruit smoothie thing but why would I want to ruin it with greens?????
Well, my honest answer is because of all of the health benefits.
We NEED greens in our diets and besides the occasional salad (which by the way iceburg lettuce does not count) we do not consume enough of this amazing health food.
“Greens” are important because they provide tons of fiber, vitamins (especially vitamin K), minerals, antioxidants, and chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is what gives plants their green color and it is extremely beneficial to us. It has been proven to increase function of the the heart, lungs, intestines, uterus, and skin.
Chlorophyll has been studied for its amazing potentials in helping:
- tissue growth
- red blood cell production
- anti inflammatory properties
- wound healing properties
…and these are only a few.
So, how do you make a green smoothie??
First, you start off with some cold water (about 1 cup), add any kind of fruit you like and than a handful of the “greens” of your choice. Place all of this in a blender and whirl it up!! Once you have tasted and fallen in love with these green drinks you can start to add more of the green stuff in.
The more you can add the better, but start off with less and work your way up.
Please don’t be afraid to try this- you will not believe how good it tastes and how good it will make you feel!
Here are 2 recipes that my family likes (and yes, my kids like them):
Green Smoothie #1-
1 cup water, 2-3 bananas, 1 mango, 1 cup baby spinach and ice……Blend it up and enjoy!
Green Smoothie #2–
(this is more brown due to the fruit I use)
1 cup water, 2-3 bananas, 1 cup blueberries, 1 cup baby spinach, ice…..Blend it up and enjoy!
Have you ever tried a Green Smoothie??
Do you have a favorite recipe to share??
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