A smoothie is a thick and creamy drink made from pureed raw fruit, vegetables and sometimes dairy products (e.g. milk, yogurt, ice cream or cottage cheese), typically using a blender.
Ingredients such as water, crushed ice, fruit juice, sweeteners (e.g. honey, sugar, stevia, syrup), whey powder, plant milk, nuts, nut butter, seeds, tea, chocolate, herbal supplements, or nutritional supplements may be used to make smoothies.A smoothie with dairy products is similar to a milkshake, although the latter usually contains less fruit and often uses ice cream or frozen yogurt.
A “green smoothie” standard consists 40 – 50 percent green vegetables and fruits, usually raw green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, swiss chard, collard greens, celery, parsley, or broccoli, with most or all of the remaining ingredients being fruit. Most green leafy vegetables have a bitter flavor when served raw, but this can be improved by selecting some less bitter vegetables or combining them with certain fruits (e.g. banana softens both flavor and texture).
Some blender manufacturers now focus specifically on making green smoothies for their products and provide them with a booklet of recipes.
Here’s the BEST green smoothie recipe … I promise! Do you wonder why somebody would be excited to drink something green like this?
This is the healthy daily habit that has helped me lose weight after baby, gain tons of energy, and live the life i’ve always dreamed of. I feel responsible for helping you create a wonderful list of passions like I have for some reason.
How do I make a recipe for a green smoothie? Would you like to try green smoothies but don’t know where to begin?
This simple guide will take you in just 5 minutes from zero to deliciously green!
I do these things as a way to get the tulip – man almost every morning and I’m filled up and ready for the day. All you need is a blender, fruit and leafy greens to make a delicious green smoothie. The correct ratio of leafy greens to fruit makes it sweet as you reap all of a green smoothie’s health benefits.
The key is to use good – looking recipes and follow my simple tips below. If you want to make a delicious and healthy green smoothie, here are a few basic steps to follow:
Select your vegetables. All great options include spinach, lettuce, kale, nettle, fresh herbs, cucumber, celery.
Choose your fruit – mango, pear, peach, pine apple, kiwi.
- Add a frozen banana or avocado to make the smoothie creamier
- Add some spice such as ginger or cinnamon
- Add nut butter of your choice to fill the smoothie more
- Place everything in your blender and cover water or nut milk of choice halfway (around 1 cup).
- Mix until it all gets really smooth.
- Immediately serve smoothie for maximum nourishment.
I use spinach in many of the blog’s green smoothie recipes because spinach is a mild flavor, easily masked by other ingredients, and widely available. Spinach is the best green leafy introductory to help people get excited about green smoothies.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF GREEN SMOOTHIES
Getting enough nutrients through your diet, such as drinking green smoothies, will ensure that your immune system gets everything it needs to function properly – which is essential for long – term health. Proper nutrition also makes maintaining a healthy weight easier, keeping your skin healthy, and preventing premature aging, oxidative stress, and chronic body inflammation.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ALKALINITY
The best thing about green smoothies, and in particular this green smoothie, is that you get so many nutrients while avoiding nutrient loss at the same time. This is very important when it comes to the proper functioning of your body.
I spoke a little about alkalinity here, but in short: If you eat more alkalizing foods like this smoothie, you keep away from demineralization and degradation of your bones ,teeth and muscles, which occurs naturally with aging, but also eating too much acid – building foods (like meat, bread, cheese and all the fast foods you might think about).
It is very important to get enough potassium to keep your diet alkaline and as you can see below this smoothie provides about 15 percent of the recommended daily value at only about 100 kcal.
Green smoothies provide a powerful boost to your digestive system with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients.Since you eat natural, whole foods in the best form for digestion and absorption of nutrients, you will have more energy to make things happen and enjoy your day. Green smoothies provide B vitamins and magnesium to support the metabolism of energy.
Anti – inflammatory
The majority of fruits and vegetables have anti – inflammatory properties, so if you suffer from inflammatory conditions, green smoothies are an excellent food. Many of my readers report that it reduces inflammation by drinking green smoothies every day.
Reduces and combats
Green smoothies reduce junk food cravings, unhealthy sweets, salt, and fats. You’ll find that after a few weeks of drinking smoothies, you’ll be looking for healthier foods like fruits, vegetables, and greens.
Green smoothies provide a massive dose of antioxidants and phytonutrients that protect health. Not only do you provide your body with the best defenses against disease, you also ingest a variety of natural substances that are essential for optimum fitness and health.Try making your green smoothies with blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, grenades, acai, and cacao (raw chocolate) to get the most antioxidants in your blends.