I first learned of the raw movement and green smoothies from Victoria Boutenko of the ‘Raw Family’. She is truly the ‘Queen of Green Smoothies’. She invented green smoothies after much research in the library and her kitchen. She was searching for better health for her sick family. Now the whole family is very healthy.
Even if you are like me and I do not eat anywhere near 100% raw foods some raw is good for us. My diet is 40 – 70% raw depending on the season.
Despite being green, which sometimes scares people; green smoothies are actually very tasty and very good for us. They are filled with healthy greens such as spinach and yummy fruits like raspberries and mangos.
Great Reasons to Include Green Smoothies into your Diet
1. Highly Nutritious: The greens are full of vitamins A, K, D, and E which are all fat soluble. Vitamin K helps calcium and phosphorus bind onto the bone protein matrix. Here is a description of just one of the most common greens people use and one we recommend because it doesn’t have a bitter taste: Power up Your Day Like Popeye!
2. Very easy to digest: For many eating raw food is challenging for the digestive system as it was for me.
3. 100% Alkaline: Greens are the highest alkaline forming foods.
4. Eating more live foods: you consume more fresh fruit and greens.
5. You will get more of the nutrients in a well blended green smoothie. Most of the cells in the greens and fruits are broken down; they actually begin to be digested in your mouth.
6. Filled with lots of fiber which we know we need for elimination. Freshly made vegetable juice is easy to digest but lacks fiber. Filled with Smart Carbs or Dumb Carbs?
7. Greens are full of chlorophyll that purifies the blood, prevents tooth decay, aids in proper digestion, helps detoxify the liver, keeps the thyroid gland in balance, cleanses internal organs, enhances capillary function, supports sex hormones, decontaminates inorganic chemicals, and builds up red blood cell counts according to Dr. Ann, Dr. Bernard Jensen and G. P. Earp-Thomas of Bloomfield Laboratories. Read more about how Greens Are Good for Us
8. Greens help widen our blood vessels, helping the blood flow, inhibits the development of blockages, and destroys inflammation because they are full of a gas called nitric oxide.
9. Improved health: Many notice the ability to sleep less, better elimination, stronger nails, and teeth. Smoothies have made such a big difference in my life that we provide Weekend Web Bootcamps with smoothies in mind.
10. Simple and quick to make and they actually taste good because they have lots of sweet fruit in them.
Making tasty green smoothies:
- Use fruit that you enjoy eating.
- At first use light tasting greens like spinach and not too many.
- They need to be blended very well; there will be no lumps or pieces of greens.
- They need to be made correctly (see recipe links below).
- They taste good because they are filled with yummy sweet fruit.
How you will get all of the nutrients in greens:
Chewing is important. You have to really chew them well and have a very high level of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Both of these are difficult to achieve.
- Let the blender chew the greens.
- Adding fruits that are acidic to begin with you are adding an ingredient that helps the greens to digest.
- The fruit makes the greens taste good so you enjoy eating your greens.
“Let me point out that although I didn’t like greens, Igor simply couldn’t tolerate them, which is pretty typical of Russian men. Another two months later his moustache and his beard started growing blacker, which made his face look a lot younger. Igor got so excited about this that he became the green smoothie champion of my family. He would wake up early and make two or three gallons of smoothie every day: one for me, one for him, and one for Sergei and Valya to share.” ~ Victoria Boutenko
Listen to Victoria Boutenko – Queen of Raw explain how she invented the ‘Green Smoothie’ and loves them because they taste so good.
A way to be very economical:
Harvest the weeds in your garden. I use dandelion greens, chickweed or lambs quarters. Good news is that you will be weeding your garden and maximizing your time.
Food combining concerns?
- Vegetables and fruits together?
You may have heard that it is not good to combine fruits and vegetables. True to some extent; starchy vegetables like carrots, cauliflower and broccoli do not combine well with fruits. In fact, they will cause fermentation and gas in the intestines which can be very uncomfortable. Also, you will not be getting the full nutrition from those fruits and vegetables.
Green leafy vegetables combine well with every food. So yes, green leafies combine well with fruit. Jane Goodall says that she has seen monkeys making a sandwich of green leaves covering fruit.
- Should fats be in your smoothie?
According to food combining this is a no no. But what we know that good fats help with the absorption of our fat soluble Vitamins like K and E, and the absorption of minerals. The abundance of greens in the smoothie, in my opinion is helped with a little fat such as in flax seeds, a few soaked nuts or seeds or flax oil. As I said just a little not a lot cause we don’t want to get fat.
What do you with left over green smoothie:
- Immediately pour into a jar that will be filled up to the top and put the lid on and refrigerate till later in the day or for the next morning. Do not do this if you will not be consuming it within 24 hours.
- Pour into a jar making sure there is 1/3 of the jar empty; freeze it for future use.
- Pour into ice cube trays to use in a punch or a cool summer drink.
- Make it into popsicles for a healthy summer treat for the children.
- Add it to your salad dressing to make it extra healthy.
- Share your green smoothie with a friend, a neighbour or a co-worker while it is still fresh.
My personal favorite green smoothie recipes
I love my morning green smoothie for breakfast and as you can see I am enjoying it very much. It’s very different from the norm. You can read about it here: Diana’s Green Smoothie with a Difference
It helps me start my day with a raw alkaline meal that tastes so good and it is filled with good nutrition. If you have not tried them yet, be brave; make a green smoothie for a snack today. Join me on our next BootCamp and learn how to make green smoothies.
Here are some tasty green smoothie recipes for you:
Learn Exactly How and When to Use Green Smoothies by Doing It!
Green Smoothies are is one of the essential foods in our Alkalize Your Body BootCamp and the 2-5-30 Diet and Detox classes. Get hands on experience and knowledge from the comfort of your home.