My breakfast of choice is always a green smoothie. Because of this I often get looks ranging anywhere from admiration to complete and utter disgust. So why do I drink such a weird looking substance every morning?
First off, I love starting my day off light. Breakfast literally means to “break the fast.” Why would I want to ruin eight hours or more of allowing my body to rest, regenerate and repair by immediately clogging it up again first thing in the morning and asking it to spend all day digesting??? Instead, I opt for a drink rich in fiber, antioxidants, live enzymes and phytonutrients that strengthen my immune system and are easily assimilated into my body.
As anyone who has sat down to eat a big bowl of Raw kale will tell you, greens are tough to chew and for some they are even tougher to digest. This is where blending comes in. Blending your food is a way of pre-digesting it in the sense that it breaks down food at the cellular level, unlocking nutrients for better absorption. According to Dr. Ann Wigmore, “consuming chlorophyll is like receiving a healthy blood transfusion.” Who couldn’t use a cleaner system? And I KNOW we can all use more greens in our diet. Blending allows you to get a vast amount of raw fruits and greens into your diet without even really having to think about it. It’s as easy as pushing a button.
Some of the benefits you can expect to gain from drinking green smoothies are:
- more energy
- regular bowel movements
- less aches and pains
- better sleep quality
- fewer cravings for sugary and salty processed foods
- fewer mood swings
- weight loss
- clear skin
- stronger, healthier hair and nails
All you need in order to get started is a Nutri-Bullet, Vitamix, or other high-speed blender. For reasons that I do not understand, I was never able to get my boyfriend, Chris to drink my green smoothies when made in a Vitamix or our Ninja blender. Out of sheer desperation after seeing the Nutri-Bullet infomercial, we went to a local retailer and picked one up. SUCCESS! Chris is FINALLY drinking 1-2 green smoothies a day. Whichever blender you choose to use, make sure that your ingredients are fully blended.
So, what goes in a green smoothie? Anything your heart desires, that’s what! Just make sure you use 60% fruit, 40% greens and enough water to reach your desired consistency. If you are a beginner, I would start with a milder green such as spinach and work your way up to kale, swiss chard, and bok choy to name a few. If your first attempt is less than par, don’t give up! Keep experimenting with different ingredients until you find something you like. A favorite in my house is spinach, kale, peach and pineapple. But don’t limit yourself to just that one …. vary your ingredients so that you are receiving the benefits from all varieties of fruits and greens.
Recently, I have also taken to adding Super-Boosts to my morning drinks, especially after a hard work-out. What are Super-Boosts? Some examples are almonds, cashews, walnuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, gogi berries and acai berries. I add about 1/8-1/4 of a cup of ONE of those ingredients to my morning drinks a few times per week. These boosts provide additional fiber, nutrition and protein to an already super nutritious smoothie.
What are you waiting for???? Ditch the fruit smoothies and add some GREEN to your drink today!