January – I realise that green smoothies are not technically one food, but several foods blended together, however I’m completely in love with them at the moment and I want you to be too.
I was obviously a very good girl last year because Santa bought me a Nutribullet for Christmas. I did already have a blender, and a juicer, but the Nutribullet claims to be neither a blender nor or a juicer but an ‘extractor’ which is clearly completely different! Don’t juice it! Don’t blend it! Extract it!
You can of course make green smoothies in a normal blender so don’t be put off if you don’t have a Nutribullet (although you are allowed to be extremely envious).
Since I have been drinking a green smoothie on a daily basis, I’ve noticed that I have more energy, my belt is back to its pre-Christmas notch, and my skin feels a lot clearer. I haven’t really changed anything else, just added in a green smoothie every day. Read on for more health benefits.
The health benefits of Green Smoothies
- A great way to get a intense hit of the vitamins and minerals present in green vegetables such as vitamin C, vitamin A, folic acid and magnesium
- They are great for helping liver detoxification – a green smoothie the morning after a heavy night can almost eliminate a hangover immediately
- They are alkalising – much of the food and drink that we consume such as alcohol, meat, sugar, fizzy drinks and caffeine has an acidic effect on the body. Green smoothies can balance this out.
- Blended or extracted fruits and vegetables are easy to digest as the plant cells have been broken down
- Aid weight loss – green smoothies are really filling and are great for breakfast. Replace your usual sugar-laden breakfast with a green smoothie and see the results. In fact, they will help to reduce sugar cravings later in the day
- Improved skin health from better elimination of toxins through the right channels (ie. the digestive system, not the skin!)
- Greater energy levels – absorbing all of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants from these plants gives our cells the fuel they need to produce energy
I’ve been experimenting with flavours and ingredients and I’m sharing two of my favourite green smoothie recipes with you.
The first is a Kale and Apple ‘Mojito’. Ok, so perhaps not quite as much fun as an actual mojito but your liver with thank you much more for this one. I love the flavours of mint and lime together so I’ve created this combination with earthy kale, sweet apple and cleansing cucumber.
The second is Tropical Green Smoothie made with creamy avocado, refreshing Romaine lettuce, alkalising celery, lemon and cucumber, and juicy pineapple. It is heaven in a glass!
Two great recipes for Green Smoothies
- Handful of kale leaves
- 1 apple
- 1cm slice of lime, peeled
- 6cm chunk cucumber
- 8 mint leaves
- 250mls filtered water or coconut water
- Add all the ingredients to your high-speed blend, whizz for 1 minute and enjoy.
- Serve with mint sprigs and slices of lime.
- Can be made in advance and stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
- 3 Romaine lettuce leaves
- 1 stick celery
- 6cm chunk cucumber
- 1/2 avocado
- 2cm slice pineapple, chopped
- 1cm slice lemon, peeled
- 250mls coconut water
- Add all of ingredients into a high-speed blender, and enjoy straight away.