I could have titled this ‘Green Smoothie Goddess’ as I’m rapidly turning into one! Now part of my daily routine, I’m actually craving them and try to have two a day.
My fridge is stocked with extra lettuce and beetroot leaves that I wash, dry and bag ready for use. The garden provides spinach, chard, kale, mint and parsley, and I’m even looking at dandelions differently!
All this green food blended with favourite smoothie ingredients (nut/rice/oat/soy milk, water, coconut water, fresh juices, banana, mango, pineapple) provides fibre, proteins, omega 3s, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals in an all important alkalising drink.
My favourite combinations:
- berries, beet leaves, cacao powder, banana, water or nut milk
- lettuce, cucumber, pears, several mint leaves, lime, ice, water
- spinach, mango, banana, water
- frozen pineapple or banana, green leaves, apple juice, lime
Additions: ginger, lime, lemon; cinnamon and nutmeg for sweet smoothies; maca powder; chia seeds; almond butter, tahini, avocado for good fats.
The queen of greens, Victoria Boutenko in her book Green for Life
introduces us to all good things about greens with endless combinations for delicious smoothies and puddings.
She includes the latest information on the abundance of protein in greens, the benefits of fiber, the role of greens in homeostasis, the significance of stomach acid, how greens make the body more alkaline, the healing power of chlorophyll, and more.