My top five green smoothie recipes

A de­li­cious way to al­ka­lise your body.

Living Now - - Recipes - By Casey Con­roy

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

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