Green Smoothies are a great way to make the most of your leafy green vegetables. With a the right combinations, you can make short work of your daily veggies in just a few sips.
Even if the idea eating greens is unappealing, they can be incorporated into delicious smoothies that will actually help you absorb the beneficial nutrients within them much more effectively. The structured cell walls of green vegetables are tougher than those of meats and other foods. For this reason, they must be chewed longer to break down and release nutritious vitamins and minerals into your body. Unless leafy green vegetables are chewed to a creamy consistency, they are not fully digested.
Most people simply do not chew greens to this extent. The benefit of incorporating greens into a smoothie is that the blender will do the chewing for you. Your raw greens will release all of their nutrients, fortifying the body with vitamins and minerals that it needs. Your body will actually digest the greens, improving bowel function and improving overall health! Green smoothies can also help you lose weight when they are used as nutrient-rich meal replacements.
Meet the Greens
Which greens make good smoothies? All of them! Each of these vegetables has a different nutritional profile. It is recommended that you experiment with all leafy greens to maximize the benefit of a green smoothie diet. Here is a list of the most commonly used greens for smoothie making:
Here are some great recipes for you to start with. But there is no need to limit your greens to only these! You can also use fresh herbs or greens like purslane, dandelion leaves, celery tops and aloe if you desire.
Greens do impart their flavor into smoothies, but they can be mixed with different fruits, berries yogurt and seeds to create delicious combinations. Ice cubes are often added to make cold smoothies, but the same effect can be made with frozen bananas, grapes and berries. Natural sweeteners such as agave may be added to enhance flavors, and some smoothie enthusiasts enjoy their greens with chocolate.
Dive in! Try a delicious green smoothie today and begin to feel the benefits of leafy green vegetable digestion and the absorption of all those extra vitamins! Start with ingredients that you already enjoy or at least despise slightly less than others and begin to explore new options as you become more comfortable with drinking your greens.