I love green smoothies and have been drinking one daily for the past 6 years! I rarely miss a day because I don’t feel my best if I do. Green smoothies help me to feel energized and clean, and how many people do you know that get this many greens in a day, let alone just at breakfast:
Yeah, not many…probably just the crazy people :), like me. Even when I travel, I try and drink green smoothies…if a blender isn’t available for me to borrow then I’ll usually find a local health food store and buy premade green smoothies.
I posted another green smoothie recipe on this blog about 4 years ago which you can find by clicking here. I change my recipes up regularly, using different greens and fruit that are in season, but the outline is the same: water, greens, fruit and ice or frozen fruit. Sometimes I’ll add a super food like spirulina, acai, maca, chia, hemp, oats, flax etc. for added nutritional benefits.
The recipe I’m sharing today uses spinach, kale, chard, parsley and celery, plus some wonderful, sweet fruit.
My husband and kiddos sometimes share my smoothie with me in the morning, but I’m the regular drinker in our house. I drink a lot of it at breakfast and I’ll save a cup or two to have later in the afternoon if I’m feeling hungry, or if I get cravings before dinner. I like to drink it at breakfast because most people don’t get greens or any veggies at breakfast and because I have a set morning routine which includes things that make me strong and healthy physically, mentally and emotionally, this habit fits in perfectly.
I have a Blendtec which is a high power blender that makes smoothies Jamba Juice smooth, and Vitamix does the same thing. Using other blenders is possible, but you will not get the same smooth consistency. I LOVE this blender and use it often, not only for smoothies but also sometimes for soups, chopping nuts, and for grinding nuts and coconut into flour. It’s pretty amazing.
*makes about 36 oz
1 1/2 cups cold water
2 large handfuls spinach, kale, chard mix (or just spinach if you’re just starting out with green smoothies)
2 stalks celery
1 small handful parsley
1 apple, cored (or 1 orange or handful of grapes, or any other piece of fruit you have on hand)
1/2 a lemon, with juice squeezed
1 c ice (or you can do 1 cup of frozen berries/fruit)
optional: 1/2 tsp spirulina powder (spirulina has a very strong taste so I don’t usually do more than this)
optional: 1 Tbsp chia seeds or flax seeds or oat groats
optional: 1 tsp acai powder
Place water in high power blender. Add in greens and blend. Add in the rest of ingredients and blend on high until smooth. Add more ice if not cold enough, or can add a little frozen fruit. FYI: If you use dark berries(blueberries, raspberries etc) it will change the color of your smoothie from green to a brownish color.
*Why I like these ingredients:
Greens (spinach, kale, chard) : high in beta-carotene, cartonoids and flavonoids, vitamin K, A and C and numerous minerals like calcium, manganese, magnesium, zinc, folate, and selenium(these will help with aging). Lots of fiber which will sweep wastes and toxins from your body. Kale provides free-form amino acids which can be assimilated directly into the body and built into protein and it also has the flavonoids kaempferol and quercitin along with many others, that fight against the formation of cancerous cells.
Celery: anti-inflammatory; calming effect on the nervous system possibly because of high concentration of alkaline minerals including calcium, magnesium and potassium, and it helps lower high blood pressure. Detoxifier, and aids in elimination of toxins from the body by promoting healthy and normal kidney function. Natural laxative.
Parsley: High in vitamins A, C and in folic acid. Flavonoids that act as antioxidants(for anti-aging). High in iron. Blood purifier and helps kill bacteria in the body. Restorative digestion remedy. Helps cleanse liver of toxins and rejuvenates it.
Lemon: One of the most restorative foods for the liver. High in Vitamin C. Blood purifier and cleansing agent that flushes bacteria and toxins out of the body. Aids digestion.
Apple: contains pectin fiber, both soluble and insoluble. the soluble form swells with water in digestive tract, creating gel-like substance that binds with fats in the intestine which helps lower cholesterol and creates stable blood sugar levels. The insoluble fiber roughage helps cleanse the colon which helps to have clean blood.
Banana: High in B6 which helps with irritability and insomnia. Also it’s magnesium helps promote better sleep patterns. A combination of nutrients, healthy carbs and essential amino acid tryptophan in bananas can fight depression and help you stay in a good mood. High concentration of fiber and Vitamin C which helps promote good digestion and prevents constipation. Helps maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Good source of potassium which helps regulate proper fluid levels in the body. Vitamin A and natural oils help keep skin moisturized.