I mentioned in my organic and healthy snacks for kids post that I have been recently experimenting with green smoothies.I wanted to try a new way of thinking about what goes in to my body and how that will affect the various things I ask my body to do for me.
I have experienced some fairly debilitating health issues in the last year that I have not been sharing too publicly, for reasons I am not too certain of to be honest. Part of it is the unknowing. Part of it is because I don’t want to tread the slippery slope of whining. Part of it is because, while I believe that in some ways what I write about is intrinsically linked, this is an escape.
However, I did not intend for my foray into green smoothie drinking to be solely about an impact on any health issues I may have. I also did not intend for it to be solely about weight loss, although it is a nice side benefit. I wanted this to be about an overall shift in my thinking of health, food, and how to accomplish some of the things I know deep down to be right about eating.
One of those things is to eat as fresh and close to the source as possible. Eating organic and fresh from the farmers market, fresh from friends’ gardens, and fresh from our own has been wonderful.
Another is to include as many greens in your diet as possible, and to do that by not adding in other things to make them more palatable (oils, salts, cheese).
The last was to reduce the amount of sugar I was consuming. Interesting I have found that just by incorporating these smoothies into my day, my once insatiable sweet tooth has completely changed. I have no real explanation for that, but I am not going to question it at this point!
I don’t know if green smoothies are the answer to anything. I am not sure if they will help me feel better in regards to any of my health issues, but if my general health is better it certainly won’t hurt.
I am still learning a lot, but if you are looking to try something new; if you are searching for ways to incorporate more greens and more variety of greens into your daily diet; and really if you want to find new uses for all that yummy goodness exploding in the garden right now – look no further than green smoothies.
I am loving that my green smoothies means that I am virtually wasting nothing edible from my garden and from my farmers market runs – from the beet and carrot greens, to the way too ripe peaches, to the mountains of lettuce, to the overflowing bounty of spinach, collard greens, and kale, and everything in between.
Here are a few tips I have learned:
- You don’t need a fancy, high-powered blender to start.
- When you first start, it can be nice to have recipes to refer to, but then just start experimenting with what you have.
- Variety is the key to keeping it interesting and maximizing the health benefits.
- Shoot for 60% greens to 40% fruit.
- Add a healthy fat (coconut milk or oil, avocado) to help your body absorb the nutrients better.
- Drink your smoothie slowly throughout the day with lots of water in between.
- Kids also love them, so make extra!
Recipe of the Day:
Start with the greens. Today I had 2 cups of green cabbage, 1 cup of red leaf lettuce, and 1 cup of frozen spinach. Spinach is a great and fairly inexpensive filler.
I add one cup of liquid generally. Today I added 1/2 cup of unsweetend coconut milk and 1/2 cup of water. You can always add more water later if it seems too thick. You can also add ice cubes for a little extra water and some chill. Blend the greens well.
Once the greens are all nice and blended, add the fruits and superfoods of the day. Today I added one peach, half a banana, thick slice of lemon (including the peel), a chunk of ginger, teaspoon of bee pollen*, and a tablespoon of chia seeds. (I highly recommend clicking the links to learn more about the superfoods I used today and taking a look at my table posted previously.) Blend again.
*Do not use if allergic or if pregnant or breastfeeding. ;)
Have you tried green smoothies before? Please share your tips! If you haven’t, would you think about adding them?
This post was included in the Green Moms Carnival hosted by Abbie from Farmer’s Daughter. The theme was “food preservation” and I encourage you all to go check out all the other wonderful posts. I know I have a lot more ideas to try out now.