My top five green smoothie recipes
A delicious way to alkalise your body.
Starting off your day with a green smoothie is like injecting rocket fuel into your body! It’s the easiest, cheapest, yummiest and most efficient way to increase the volume of green leafy vegetables in your diet. We all know they’re good for us, but few of us have the time or desire to sit down and eat a head of lettuce or a big bunch of silverbeet! I have tried this once, and I assure you I felt sick and like I never wanted to look at green leaves again!
Blending greens with fruit enriches your body with countless vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, phytochemicals, antioxidants and enzymes in an easilydigestible form that is delicious. Swap the type of greens around daily – so you don’t overload on any one in particular, and so you can reap the benefits of many different kinds of plants.
I tend to use frozen bananas, as they lend a different, creamier consistency to the smoothie. You will need a highpowered blender. The finer the machine can chop up the bits, the easier it will be to digest, and the better the mouth feel – unless you like chunky smoothies that is! These recipes each make enough for one to two people. You can save any leftovers for later or take it to school or work with you in a wide-mouthed bottle. Taste as you’re making it and, if the end result is not sweet enough, add a bit more banana, a few drops of stevia*, or a little honey until you can wean your tastebuds off sweetness.
* Stevia is a natural, plant-derived sweetener from South America that contains no sugar or energy and so has no effect on insulin levels, and in fact works to stabilise them. It is noncarcinogenic, won’t cause blood sugar peaks and falls, and is 30 times sweeter than sugar. It has been banned in the EU due to the lobbying power of artificial sweetener companies. If you expect it to taste ‘sugary’, then you will be surprised, as its sweetness is something else entirely, and can take a bit of getting used to. I prefer to use it in baking and green smoothies rather than in tea, as it tastes different depending on how you use it. You can buy it from natural health stores in liquid or powder form, and a small amount goes a long way! I buy it as a liquid and two drops are equal to the sweetness of a teaspoon of sugar. n