I have a deep love for green smoothies. Green smoothies are a regular part of my everyday life. They are like my comfort, my security blanket. I love filling my mason jar every morning with delicious green smoothie recipes. I have discovered amazing benefits from drinking green smoothies every day. My skin is clearer, my eyes are brighter, my metabolism has changed,my weight is balanced, elimination is more regular promoting detox, I’m not starving all the time because I get my nutrients delivered directly to my blood stream. I don’t have to take so many vitamins, my kitchen was starting to look like a GNC. I couldn’t even remember what I was taking and why. I just felt deficient. It’s best to get all our nutrients from food. The green smoothie takes care of everything. The only thing I take now is Omega Fatty Acids, very important, and I add various super foods to my smoothies. I also add protein powder, I like Sun-Warrior brand and Vega. These grains are sprouted and have more nutrients. I also have a few local eggs or a bowl of amaranth grain about a half hour after my smoothie. I just have the type of metabolism that needs constant protein. I encourage you to start your day with a green smoothie.
Since I’ve been cutting back on sugar, I don’t use as much fruit as I used to. I use about 2 bananas a week. No more apples, pears or melons. Although this can be cleansing for some people. I’m on a specific diet for some health issues and can’t have sugar, so experiment yourself with different fruits and greens. I love Green for life by Victoria Boutenko.
I refer to this to make sure I’m rotating my greens. My typical smoothie now looks like this..
I head of romaine lettuce
5 leaves of kale or a handful of spinach
Juice of one lemon or I peel away the skin leaving the white pith
1 cup of blueberries or blackberries ( high in antioxidants and low in sugar)
1 packet of stevia
1 cucumber chopped
1 celery stalk
fresh basil, mint, parsley or cilantro
11/2 cups of homemade almond milk, water, or coconut water
1 scoop of protein powder
1 scoop of maca powder or green powder ( I like pure synergy brand)
Blend in a vita-mix or high speed blender and enjoy!
Other suggestions to add-
acai smoothie packs ( no sugar added) found at Whole Foods
1/2 frozen banana
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