As you guys probably already know, I am a huge fan of green smoothies! Today I have a post from the guys at Detox Your World to tell you a bit more about the benefits of green smoothies and how to make a truly delicious one, enjoy!
What are green smoothies?
Green smoothies are smoothies that have been made up from a selection of fresh or powdered super greens and a variety of other ingredients of your choice, including a medley of fruits and super foods. Due to their extremely high nutritional content, green smoothies not only taste absolutely delicious, they also provide an instant boost of nutrients that can supply your recommended daily five in just one sitting. This means that green smoothies are particularly suitable for addressing nutrient deficiencies in those on a raw, vegan, vegetarian or indeed, any other kind of special diet. And as green smoothies are exceptionally quick and easy to prepare, they’re simply ideal for a time-pressed breakfast or lunch.
What makes super greens so super?
Super greens are a special class of super food that by definition are low in calories and rich in a range of beneficial nutrients such as protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients and chlorophyll. They tend to boast a deep green colour and include vegetables such as spinach, kale and rocket and handy super green supplements like spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass and barley powder.
Thanks to their high nutritional value, super greens have been attributed a large number of important health benefits including, but by no means limited to:
- Boosting immunity
- Combatting chronic disease
- Delaying the aging process
- Promoting weight loss
- Preventing allergies
- Cleansing and detox
One of the best things about green smoothies is that they make eating greens palatable, especially for children who prefer to push their spinach to the side of the plate. Whilst the basis of a green smoothie is of course super greens, it’s actually the sweetness of the fruits or other tempting super foods such as raw cacao or coconut oil, that give the smoothies their yummy flavour. Which is why both kids and grown-ups alike find these healthy drinks utterly irresistible!
Ready to make your first green smoothie?
If I’ve managed to tempt you with the myriad benefits of green smoothies, then why not have a go at making one yourself? You can be as creative as you like with the ingredients – all you need is a blender and a little imagination.
To help you get started, the recipe for an amazing green smoothie below, contains a half teaspoon each of chlorella powder (high in chlorophyll and thus suitable for detox and, according to recent research from Japan, could be effective in combatting obesity and a number of lifestyle conditions including diabetes and heart disease), spirulina powder (the richest dietary source of vitamin E and beta-carotene and also boasts the highest protein content of any food there is), wheatgrass powder (best known for its powers of detox, but can also strengthen our immune system, increase stamina, aid digestion, encourage weight loss, promote healthy skin and delay the signs of aging) and barley grass powder (eminent UK nutritionist, Gillian McKeith, advises that this super green contains more protein than a sirloin steak, five times the amount of iron as broccoli, seven times more vitamin C than orange juice and 11 times more calcium than milk).
Smooth Operator (serves 1 hungry person, vegan)
This lush, green smoothie is not only smooth as velvet; it’s also thick enough to qualify as a delectable dessert.
- 2 handfuls of fresh spinach
- 1/2 an avocado
- 1/2 a banana
- 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds
- 1/2 a teaspoon of chlorella powder
- 1/2 a teaspoon of spirulina powder
- 1/2 a teaspoon of wheatgrass powder
- 1/2 a teaspoon of barley grass powder
- 1/2 cup of almond milk
- 1/2 cup of (spring) water
- ice cubes
- 1 teaspoon of cacao powder (for optional topping)
Roughly chop the avocado and fruit, pop into your blender together with the remaining ingredients and blitz until temptingly smooth and creamy. Serve in a long, tall glass or a dessert bowl, topped with a couple of slices of banana or a light dusting of cacao powder and get stuck in!
I made that smoothie last week and oh my it rocked! I added some bee pollen on top as well. This needs no additional sweetener at all, it tastes like a creamy sweet pudding!
I can also second the comment about green smoothies for kids – I’ve given kids in my healthy eating youth group green smoothies and one of my health coaching clients little boy also loved them! Are you a green smoothie virgin? Have we convinced you to try one out?
*post in partnership with Detox Your World