What is a Green Smoothie?
A green smoothie is a way of mixing green, often leafy, vegetables with fruits in order to sweeten the taste of the mix. Making a green smoothie is a great option for children that refuse to eat vegetables, or adults that for whatever reason or the other dislike vegetables as well.
Preparing a green smoothie will help you to introduce vegetables to anyone whose diet is lacking of any kind of greens. It is also a super quick way to get quite a lot of nutrients.
We offer you one of our favorite combinations:
- 150g spinach
- 1 stalk celery
- 50g pineapple
- 1 banana
- 1 apple
- 250 ml water
- 100 ml orange juice (optional)
- Pour the liquids in the mixer first then add the rest. Top it with cinammon at the end.
Take a look at the benefits of the ingredients we chose for our smoothie. You can play around and put some other ingredients:
Spinach: it is one of the top vegetables in terms of nutrients. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, and full of phytonutrients such as carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin), flavonoids and will also provide antioxidants to your body. Phytonutrients and antioxidants (such as Vitamin A, C, E, manganese, zinc and selenium) on spinach help your body fight inflammation, decrease the risk of getting cancer, help lowering blood pressure, prevent eye related issues (thanks to lutein and zeaxanthin) and support your bones thanks to its content of Vitamin K. Click on the link for an in-depth nutritional profile of spinach.
Celery: is an important source of antioxidants (including Vitamin C, beta carotene and manganese), and besides providing anti-inflammatory benefits to your body, it helps protect the digestive tract and will support your cardiovascular system. Take a look at Celery’s in-depth nutritional profile.
Pineapple: it provides digestive and anti-inflammatory benefits from bromelain. Being extremely rich in Vitamin C (the body’s primary antioxidant) it helps your body fight against free radicals and supports your immune system. Pineapple is also good for energy production (Manganese and Vitamin B1 and it provides protection against macular degeneration. For pineapple’s in-depth profile click on the link.
Banana: Potassium is a key mineral for maintaining a normal blood pressure and heart function. Fiber also contributes to your cardiovascular health. Eating banana also increases friendly bacteria (bifidobacteria) thus contributing to your gastrointestinal health. Ever seen top athletes eating bananas? That’s because is as good as processed sports drink in keeping energy levels due to their mix of vitamins, minerals and low GI carbohydrates. Here’s banana’s in-depth nutritional profile.
Apple: Who hasn’t heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Apples have a wide variety of phytonutrients (such as Vitamin A, E and betacarotene), these nutrients along with quercetin (a flavonoid) help fight the damage caused by free radicals, thus reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, asthma and age related illnesses such as Alzheimer. Their content of Vitamin C will contribute to your immune system and boron will support your bones and brain. Apples are also known to kill bacteria in the mouth and cleaning teeth. While eating only one apple won’t be enough to keep you healthy you should definitely include it in your diet. Check apple’s in-depth nutritional profile.
If you suffer from a kidney disorder, gout, rheumatoid arthritis or vulvodynia you are advised to avoid spinach and foods high in oxalate as in can worsen your condition.
We also advise everybody to buy organic food to prevent your body from being intoxicated with pesticides found in non-organic vegetables and fruits. If you can grow your own, even better! There are many books about green smoothies, take a look and get the one you like the most.