(Article written be Jennifer Thompson for Awakenings ME Magazine.)
When was the last time you ate a whole bunch of parsley or spinach in one day? Chances are you never have, yet leafy greens like these pack a powerful punch of nutrition. A great way to utilize the amazing power of green leafy vegetables is with a daily green smoothie.
WHAT IS A GREEN SMOOTHIE?
A Green Smoothie is a mixture of water, leafy greens and fruits. The ingredients are thoroughly blended with water in a blender. It is important to note that a Green Smoothie is a blended drink and not a juice. A blender is used to break down the cellulose structure in the greens thereby unlocking their valuable nutrients.
GREEN SMOOTHIES: TOP 10 FAQS
Some of the questions people commonly ask when they first enter the world of green smoothiesâ€¦
1. WHEN GREENS ARE LIQUIDISED IN A BLENDER, DO THEY LOSE NUTRIENTS?
To break down all the fiber and cellulose in green leaves, you would have to spend several hours a day chewing and have extremely healthy teeth. In a Green Smoothie, the blender does the chewing for you, blending all the greens into very small pieces. So, a Green Smoothie can actually provide more nutrition because itâ€™s blended, not less.
2. CAN I USE POWDERED GREENS INSTEAD OF FRESH?
The real benefits and healing potential in Green Smoothies lie in the fresh leafy greens, due to their fiber, nutrients and live enzymes. Powdered greens (spirulina, wheatgrass powder, kelp, green powder blends, etc.) are great to add to your Green Smoothie for even more nutritional power, but donâ€™t forget to use fresh greens too. During travel, powdered greens are a practical and easy way to enjoy Green Smoothies on the road.
3. CAN I USE ICE OR FROZEN FRUIT?
Energy is required to â€˜warm upâ€™ a frozen drink, and that energy takes away from the process of digestion and absorption. Using cold water is ok, because itâ€™s not nearly as cold as ice.
4. CAN I ADD YOGURT OR MILK INSTEAD OF WATER?
Dairy is mucous-forming to the body and can slow down the cleansing and absorption process. You can still enjoy dairy products in your normal daily diet if you choose, but try to keep the Green Smoothie dairy-free so it is easy for your body to digest.
5. ISNâ€™T THAT TOO MUCH FRUIT SUGAR?
If you are diabetic, and you find yourself already sensitive to fruit, then use low-glycemic index fruits, such as blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and green apples. If you are unsure in any way, itâ€™s best to consult a medical doctor.
6. WHAT IS THE BEST BLENDER TO USE FOR GREEN SMOOTHIES?
The best blender for Green Smoothies is one that you actually use! Many people think they need an expensive Vitamix or Blendtec blender in order to make Green Smoothies, and thatâ€™s simply not true.
A standard household blender is fine, as long as you add water and fruits first, blend, and then add the greens and blend again. That way, you wonâ€™t destroy the motor and you will get many delicious Green Smoothies from your blender!
7. AM I SUPPOSED TO EAT ONLY GREEN SMOOTHIES?
No! You can eat whatever you normally eat. All you need to do is simply add 1 Green Smoothie a day to your diet.
8. I EAT MEAT. WILL A GREEN SMOOTHIE STILL WORK?
Yes! Green Smoothies will compliment any diet or lifestyle, whether you are a meat eater, vegetarian, vegan or raw food vegan. You do not have to give anything up.
9. CAN CHILDREN DRINK GREEN SMOOTHIES?
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Yes! In fact, children seem to really love Green Smoothies! Itâ€™s a fantastic breakfast for the entire family and a great start to a healthy day!
10. SHOULD I BE DRINKING GREEN SMOOTHIES?
yes! Yes! Yes!
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