Day three of 100 days of blogging... Let's have a quick chat about Green Smoothies. Hopefully, you can get your ingredients and start a 10 day commitment to Going Green next week! I am going to keep this one super short and to the point. Some of you have probably heard of green smoothie cleanses, or green drinks. You may think these are hippie/yogi drinks, but I challenge you to try it for a week and see how you feel.
Strength training folk and athletes can get an edge with this super potent blend. I have given this recipe to my personal training clients as part of a nutrition overhaul and it sticks. I can think of two clients right now who have made the Green Smoothie religiously for over 4 years! Woah! Talk about committing to wellness! Let's get you on track. Here are some questions you may have...
1. Why should I start my day with a green smoothie?
Rich with antioxidants, fiber, magnesium (great for workout recovery) and plant protein, this drink can help you lift your brain fog, boost your energy and focus and clean out your digestive tract. People who have committed to a green smoothie a day report more regularity in digestion, and loads of energy that lasts. Opt for it instead of coffee (gasp) to start your day, and see what your experience is.
2. How do I make a basic green smoothie?
The cheap and no frills version of the green smoothie is:
1 apple (chopped up)
1 cup water with ice
1 cup spinach
3-4 leaves of torn kale
1/2 lemon's juice
Blend and enjoy
3. How do I make variations on the green smoothie?
Cedric and I experimented with a new recipe today and it was quite delicious. Try it out and let us know what you think. The main thing to remember when making a smoothie is that it needs to be 1 part fruit/melon/cucumber base blended with 1 part liquid and then one part leafy greens (super high in magnesium). 1:1:1
Note: if you are trying to lose weight, opt for cucumbers as a base instead of pears/melons/bananas.
1/2 honeydew melon chopped
1/2 cup rasberries (frozen)
1 cup almond milk
1 cup spinach
3-4 kale leaves
Either I have a very unique child who actually likes green drinks, or this smoothie ain't half bad. If you are a parent who has trouble getting your kid to eat anything other than cheese and bread, then the green smoothie may be your new best friend. Will keep you updated next weekend with our next recipe :)
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