Smooth start

Element - - Lifestyle - Lani Lopez Adv. Dip Nat, BHSc. is a natur­opath, clin­i­cal nu­tri­tion­ist and founder of lanilopez.com. Talk nu­tri­tion and win­ter well­be­ing with Lani at face­book.com/lanilopez.com

You need a de­cent blender but the most ex­pen­sive isn’t nec­es­sar­ily the best. • If you’re not used to raw greens, start with a 50/50 blend of green veg­gies and fruit. Fruit adds sweet­ness. • Fruits for blend­ing: Ba­nanas, pears, ki­wifruit,

ap­ples and berries. • Ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent greens and com­bos. As you drink more smooth­ies you can cut down (or out) the fruit. • Be bold with adding healthy in­gre­di­ents like

herbs, seeds, sea­weed, nuts and spir­ulina. • Blend greens and fruit for 45 – 90 sec­onds.

Start on low speed be­fore turn­ing up to high. • Higher green vol­ume means longer blend­ing

time for smooth con­sis­tency. • Clean your blender straight-away. • Green smooth­ies can stay in the re­frig­er­a­tor

for 2 – 3 days, but fresh is best.

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