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The Wellness Series: Green Smoothies

21 October 2013

I've been meaning to write this post since about February (which is completely ridiculous I know) so it made sense for this to be the very first Wellness Series post! So today I'm going to talk to you about greens.
Green smoothies more precisely.
 
Before I dive into my favourite recipes, what I use etc, lets talk a bit about WHY they are so good for you....
 
"Greens are extremely rich in chlorophyll and the molecular structure of chlorophyll is very similar to that of human blood. Studies show that when this is consumed, the production of hemoglobin in blood is increased. 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."
-- Jessica Ainscough of The Wellness Warrior
 
Smoothies are a fantastic way to keep yourself healthy because they are super EASY to make and you can have tonnes of FUN making them to suit your personal tastes. I have a smoothie for breakfast probably 4 or 5 days of the week and always make sure to put in slightly more greens than fruit (you don't want too much sugar in them), switching between a few of my favourite combinations.
 
Now for a bit of technology chat. When I was looking for a blender to use for my smoothies I did tonnes of research and came up with two that I was interested in; the Vitamix and the Nutri-bullet.
 
The Vitamix is brilliant because it not only makes smoothies super smooth but it can also be used to make ice cream, nut milks, soups, dips, and anything else you need whizzed up in a jiffy. The only down side is that they come in at about £400 depending on the model you pick. Unfortunately, I do not have that kind of money to spend on a blender.
The decision was made. The Nutri-bullet was bought.
Best decision EVER. It's super compact taking up hardly any space in the kitchen, it completely breaks down ingredients so you are left with a completely pulp free, smooth smoothie. It also bursts open seeds, cracks through stems, and shreds tough skins to get the most out of your fruit and vegetables. It's fantastic and one of the best £100 I have spent on my health so far. I highly recommend it.
(I bought my Nutri-bullet in the UK here)
 
So here is a basic guideline to making the perfect smoothie:
 
The main thing to remember is that you really can be as inventive as you like with what you put in your smoothies...go wild and mix it up, experiment and find your favourites!
Here are mine:
 
The Green Eyed Monster
2  large handfuls spinach
1 small banana
1 pear
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp maca powder
1 tsp spirulina
1 tsp coconut oil
coconut water
 
The Morning Booster
1 large handful spinach
1 large handful kale
1 pear
1 handful frozen mixed berries (blueberries & raspberries)
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp maca powder
1 tsp spirulina
coconut water
 
Sylwia's Super Green Favourite
2 large handfuls kale
1 small banana
1 tsp wheatgrass powder
1 tsp maca powder
1 tbsp honey (not necessary - but good if you have a sweet craving!)
almond milk, unsweetened
 
The Chocolate Warrior
2 large handful spinach
1 small banana
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tsp maca powder
1 tsp cacao powder
1 tsp coconut oil
coconut water
 
The Cocktail One
2 large handfuls spinach
1 large handful of pineapple, fresh
2 tbsp coconut flakes, unsweetened
almond milk, unsweetened
coconut water

 
A few final tips for you all..
  • A great way to make sure that your smoothies are nice and cold is to freeze your greens and your favourite fruits like pineapple, berries and even things such as ginger. This is also a great way to not waste ripe fruits and veggies!
  • Change up your liquid base every once in a while. Or combine a few; almond milk and coconut water is a winner!
  • Experiment with your extras. This is a great resource of information about the different kinds of super foods!
  • Try to drink your smoothie as soon as possible to maximise the nutritional content from it. Fresh is always best, but sometimes you will inevitably have leftovers. Store in an airtight container to limit oxidation (which breaks down nutrients and changes the colour). You can usually keep green smoothies in the fridge for about 12 hours.
Let me know how you get on!!

6 comments :

  1. Okay, I've bookmarked this page and I will definitely be coming back to it, you've put my usual breakfast of toast and jam to shame!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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  2. Thank you for all the recipes, I'm friends with some super keen juicers. I always give their breakfast green ones a try but I don't much care for them. I'm working my way up to it! I know the nutri-bullet is on their hit list though - a much lusted after device. I need to definitely get something and give it a go using the formula above!

    I'm looking forward to the series! x

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  3. I've already posted on Facebook how excited I am about your new series of posts but I need to add it here too. I love green smoothies, I *adore* them, but my blender is a little... shall we say... useless?! For blending up soups, great, for blending up leafy greens... Not so good. My kale smoothies end up with very woody/fibrous chunks which really aren't good.. Once I'm back from travelling I'm definitely going to get myself a nutribullet... Unless I can persuade someone to buy me one to take travelling ;) Imagine that. I would be the travelling health bunny... xX

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  4. I love green smoothies!! I have them at work (they have awesome blenders) and I just feel the goodness. Spinach is a constant staple, yet to try it with kale though!

    { Teffys Perks Blog } X

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  5. hangover's best friends, right? :)x

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  6. I LOVE green smoothies! I usually get one from around the corner where I work. They use spinach, an apple, a pear, a kiwi fruit, and some lime. It's so delicious!

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