For those who have not had green smoothies in their diet and lifestyle, they can often be summed up in one word: yuck! This becomes even more true if you have small children and try to get them to drink the miracle drink. The good news is that smoothies can taste much better than they look and still be full of all kinds of goodness.
If you want to do just one thing to move towards a healthier lifestyle, make a green smoothie a part of your day. The great thing about green smoothies is that they are delicious and filling. If you start your day with a smoothie, you will be less tempted to grabs some other sugary or greasy “treat” as your day progresses.
Who eats a big plate of plain, raw, kale, collards, spinach and celery? Mustard greens, arugula, turnip greens, dandelion greens, beet greens, and chard don’t end up in too many salads. Just the time to chew it would be half an hour (oh, and the chopping)! They’re a regular feature in my green smoothies every day. My kids drink a pint every day, and you can make it ahead and stick it in the fridge. And, in a smoothie, you don’t have to drizzle them with fattening, chemical-laden salad dressings to get them down.
You won’t believe how much green food it has in it: chlorophyll and a powerhouse of enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Unlike a juicer (which makes such a mess and throws away much of the plant), green smoothie is packed with insoluble plant fiber capable of carrying many times its own weight in toxins out of the body. Drinking a quart a day addresses what I believe is the #1 deficit in the American diet: lack of leafy greens. (And I am NOT talking about iceberg lettuce, an essentially nutrition-free food.) A close second deficit is lack of overall plant fiber in the diet, but eating green smoothies addresses that, too.
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