Some time ago – never mind how long precisely – I found myself bombarded with talk (and posts) of green juices and smoothies. I wondered if this was just a trend, and not actually as all-important for our health as some were making it out to be, but – being the food/health lover that I am – I looked further into the green revolution. And jumped right on board!
Nowadays, I kick off most mornings with a green juice or smoothie, and I must say I really enjoy the ritual. In fact, the whole family shares a pitcher – my one year old Freddy is the latest addition to the craze… As soon as we pour the green goodness into our glasses, he starts hanging off us – howling with a pitiful fake cry until he has successfully acquired a bright green moustache.
What is so amazing about greens?
Greens are highly nutritious. Interestingly, greens get their colour from chlorophyll, which closely resembles human blood in molecular structure.
In her e-book ‘The Green Mo Revolution,’ Jess Ainscough explains that when chlorophyll is consumed, we experience an increase in the production of hemoglobin in our blood. She goes on:
“Higher amounts of hemoglobin in the bloodstream means more oxygen-rich blood, the first and most important element that cells need to thrive. Therefore, greens are incredibly alkalizing and will help protect your body against disease and illness. They also boast high amounts of easily digestible nutrients, fat burning compounds, vitamins and minerals, proteins, protective photo-chemicals and healthy bacteria helping you to build cleaner muscles and tissues and aid your digestive system. These particular vegetables act as mini-transfusions for the blood, a health tonic for the brain and immune system and a cleanser of the kidneys.”
Greens also help to keep our breath fresh, protect us against toxins in the body and carry with them anti-inflammatory and healing properties. The list goes on!
Why turn greens into drinks?
Because it is so much more FUN to sit down to a yummy juice or smoothie than a plate of lettuce! Well I think so anyway. But apart from that obvious fact, blending up your fruits and vegetables ruptures their cells and helps to break up their fibre content, making them easier to digest. Meaning your body can just soak up the nutrients without exerting copious amounts of energy in the process!
Some people like to sip their green drinks throughout the day or gulp them down as an afternoon pick me up, but I mostly enjoy them for breakfast! After fasting overnight, I like to ease my digestive system into things with a green juice or smoothie. It is such an easy way to pack loads and loads of wonderful, healing nutrients into one super easy meal.
My go-to Green Smoothie recipe!
Yields: 2 large glasses (plus a few sips for baby!)
8 kale leaves (stalks removed)
6 cos lettuce leaves
1 small cucumber
2 frozen bananas
1 small avocado or 1/2 a large one
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup water
Blend for one minute, or until desired consistency! I like mine nice and smooooooth!
Note: Sometimes I add a tbsp of cacao and omit 1/2 a banana, replacing it with 1/2 cup frozen berries for a yummy choc-berry version! You can also add maca, mesquite, chia seeds, ginger root, bee pollen, psyllium husks – whatever tickles your fancy!
Enjoy experimenting xxx