Raw Green Smoothies are vegan, gluten-free and all the rage- even Dr. Oz drinks one daily, and for good reason beyond being one of the best ways to get more greens into your diet. They are quick compared to juicing and contain more fiber! Green smoothies are easy to digest because the nutrients are premixed and assimilate quickly in the gut. They help strengthen your immune system because they are alkalizing. Green smoothies are fun because the combinations are endless and even a child can throw one together. Plus they are transportable!
If you are new to the color green in the morning, start with mild greens, such as spinach, romaine and parsley, and then move up to kale, chard and other fresh herbs. Begin with a balance of 60% fruit to 40% green leaves & vegetables. Use cucumbers in place of water and ice as desired. Let your taste buds and imagination guide you. Boost the nutritional content by adding hemp protein or bee pollen. Add coconut oil for added energy and to keep you full longer.
Get glowing with this Green Smoothie 101:
Makes 2 servings or 1 Supersize
1 apple, cored but skin on
1 pear, cored but skin on
1-2 handfuls spinach (or other leafy green)
1 rib celery
1 medium cucumber, peeled
1 inch ginger root, peeled
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
juice of 1 lemon
Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add 1/4-1/2 cup water if needed. Add ice if desired.