Green Smoothie Intro
We’ve been teaching about Green Smoothies for nearly 10 years! Green Smoothies are blended drinks made with fresh leafy greens in them. Quite often the greens are blended with fruit resulting in a delicious meal bursting with nutrition! The health benefits of green smoothies are unmatched and Kids love them!
Everyone has heard "greens are good for you" but few people realize the extent to which it is true.
Raw Greens are one of the most nutritious whole foods we can eat but we rarely eat enough of them. Raw green smoothies are an easy way to eat your greens as they provide us with the nutrition our bodies need and can use; they are loaded with anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, live enzymes, phytonutrients and amino acids (protein). The truth is, you can get more nutrition in a pint of green smoothie than most people get in a full day of "normal" eating!
Green Smoothies Taste Great
Green smoothies taste great, contrary to what people think before trying them. And children love them. As you become accustomed to drinking them, your body will want more and you will crave more. "There is no better smoothie than a green smoothie".
It is hard to transition away from dietary programming and change habits that are not good for us. By adding green smoothies to your current diet, you will get more nutrition then you have before, reap incredible health benefits and positive changes to your overall diet will occur. An amazing transformation can happen when you do nothing but add green smoothies to your daily routine. As your body relishes in the abundant nutrition you feed it, it will ask for more and will crave junk food and "bad" food less.
Green Smoothie Health Benefits
Drink Your Greens!
As fantastic as raw greens are, we would have to chew for a very long time with each bite to get them to the creamy consistency necessary to take advantage of all the nutrition they hold. That’s because nutrition lies within the plant’s cell walls and plant cell walls are one of the strongest things in nature.
That’s where the green smoothie comes in…
You won’t, or can’t, take the time to chew those green enough and it’s hard to eat a bunch of kale for a meal. Making green smoothies enables you to consume more greens and allows your body to use the nutrients within them. High speed blenders, such as a Blendtec or Vitamix, are great green smoothie blenders as they break down whole foods to the cellular level and beyond, making the bounty of nutrients readily available for your body. See our Blendtec vs Vitamix comparison for more info. While nothing beats a Vitamix smoothie – ANY blender will do.
"Okay." … you say.
"So how good for me are they?" … you ask.
Green smoothies have significant amounts of:
* iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper
* vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A
* vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6
* vitamin E
* omega 3 fatty acids
* dietary fiber
* and more
Best of all these things are delivered to us in green smoothies as natural whole foods via the closest source to the life giving sun and they are never pasteurized.
They DO NOT have:
cholesterol, saturated fat, hydrogenated oils (trans-fats), MSG, GMOs, added hormones, antibiotics, artificial color, artificial flavor, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, nor refined sugar.
They are in NOT associated or linked with disease such as cancer, heart disease, anemia, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, arthritis, constipation, gallstones, indigestion, stroke, varicose veins nor piles.
Drinking green smoothies helps the body to prevent and heal disease.
Drinking green smoothies CAN:
* boost your immune system
* boost your mental performance
* increase digestive efficiency
* support weight loss
* support your liver and kidneys
* reduce bad food cravings
* balance body PH
* increase energy
* help blood sugar management
People who have added green smoothies as a regular part of their "normal" diet report having:
* more energy
* less body aches and pain
* normalized blood sugar
* reduced or "cured" insomnia
* increased libido
* clearer thought
* better vision
* regular bowel movements
* less acne
* less illness
* easy weight loss
* reduce bad food cravings
* balanced body PH
* reduced craving for coffee and caffeine
… and the positive benefits goes on.
Starting your Green Smoothie Journey
If you are just beginning, it is best to start with a 80% fruit to 20% greens or less. As you get used to drinking them you can increase the amount of greens. The most important thing is to have a green smoothie in your hand that you want to drink, work on creating green smoothie recipes that you want to drink.
The green smoothies you make are never pasteurized!
Why is that a big deal? Because pasteurization is a high temperature process that destroys living enzymes and nutrients. So while you think that expensive, fancy bottled smoothie you bought at the store is sooooo good for you… the fact is, it is nowhere near as good for you as it could be.
Green Smoothie resources to have on your book shelf:
Green For Life (2nd Edition)