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Green Smoothie Goodness- Health in a Glass

Green Smoothie Goodness- Health in a Glass

Green Smoothie Goodness

Article is written by Megan Searby BSc., CNP

Holistic Nutritionist specializing in digestion and allergy desensitization

 

We have all heard how important it is to eat our vegetables.  Whether you are looking to ignite your passion for plants, or you have been in love for some time, a green smoothie is a surefire way to increase the nutrient density of your diet.  Smoothies, as opposed to juices, retain their fiber content, which helps to maintain stable blood sugar levels and keep the colon clean. Those wonderful leafy greens like kale, spinach, Swiss chard and collards provide a plethora of vitamins and minerals that many of our physiological processes rely on to run smoothly. They also combat the acids in our system that can contribute to conditions like inflammation and osteoporosis.  Cucumbers and celery have a high water content to keep our cells hydrated and help flush toxins through the body.  What about those herbs? Parsley has one of the highest calcium contents for plants and provides nutrients to support the kidneys.  Cilantro helps to bind heavy metals, and mint just tastes amazing!

Some of you out there may not be salivating over the idea of a kale, cucumber and parsley smoothie. Do not fear there are many ways to take this drink from so-so to oh-so-yummy just by adding a serving of fruit. Fruits provide a natural sweetness and delicious flavour.  Just like vegetables and leafy greens, fruits are a phytonutrient powerhouse. Those brightly coloured skins provide antioxidants that protect our cells from free radical damage and help keep our blood vessels plaque free. Adding the juice of a lemon or lime supports liver detoxification and is a wake-up call to your digestive tract. The other great thing about increasing your intake of raw fruits and vegetables is the enzymes. These are like little scissors that help to breakdown your food and make nutrients available for your body to assimilate.

If you want to boost your energy, reduce inflammation, make your skin glow, and increase your daily servings of fruits and veggies, dust off that blender and start gulping green!

Basic Green Smoothie Guidelines

In a blender mix the following:

300-500mL of filtered water (based on desired consistency)

1 cup of leafy greens: spinach, kale, Swiss chard, collards, romaine, parsley, cilantro, mint

½ a cucumber or 2 stalks of celery

¼-1/2 cup of fresh or frozen fruit: berries, apple, pear, watermelon, plums, peaches, pineapple*, banana*, grapefruit, papaya*, apricots, mango*, kiwi

*If you are concerned about your blood sugar, avoid these fruits as they are higher on the glycemic index