Friday, December 12, 2008
Drink Your Greens!
Another fresh use of all kinds of greens is to add them to smoothies. By blending the raw greens, the enzymes and vitamins are preserved and they are broken down to be most easily digested. The combination of fruits and greens make a wonderful breakfast or a nutritious snack. Many people swear by the health benefits of a daily green smoothie.
A simple method to prepare a green smoothie is to fill the blender with washed and roughly chopped leafy greens (any kind, or even a mixture of several varieties can be used). Add just enough water or fruit juice to get things moving. Allow the blender to run long enough to create a smooth texture. Then, add the fruit. 3-4 pieces of fruit is a good ratio to a blender-full of greens. A banana is always a good choice for sweetness and texture. Oranges, mango, pineapple chunks, unpeeled apples, or a few handfuls of berries can be added according to flavor preferences. Supplements such as ground flax seed, coconut butter/oil, omega 3-6-9 oil, or any others are other great additions to boost any smoothie creation. Natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, agave nectar, and stevia can also be used. Get creative and have fun with all the possibilities!
Check out the following sites for more recipes and information on the benefits of green smoothies: