While it was common for our ancient ancestors to consume a diet loaded with greens, few Americans are able to consume the recommended three servings of dark green leafy vegetables per week!
Can you imagine going to the grocery store and leaving with a bag full of greens? Probably not, and yet these veggies contain a large amount of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that are beneficial to our health.
Which brings me to my next point: Green smoothies seem to be everywhere these days, from juice bars to daytime TV shows. But what exactly are green smoothies? When people talk about green smoothies, they are not talking about regular smoothies with food coloring in it for St. Patty’s Day!
A green smoothie is a smoothie that is blended with dark green, leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, dandelion greens and romaine lettuce. I personally like to add fresh green herbs like mint and parsley into my green smoothie. If you are feeling like a true health nut, feel free to add protein for muscle growth, or ground flaxseed with omega 3 fatty acids. However, green smoothies are nutrient dense enough and are healthy enough without additives.
Now, if you are someone who truly despises the taste of greens, that’s fine. Most green smoothie recipes are 60 percent fruit and 40 percent greens. When blended in a green smoothie, the flavor of the vegetables is masked by that of the fruit. The greens add plenty of color to your recipe, and you may get a few odd looks from your friends and family members, but one taste and they will be hooked!
Now that you know a little about green smoothies, here are some pointers that will help you get started making the perfect green smoothies:
What is available in the stores for those of us who do not own a blender?
There are plenty of options available at local supermarkets in the produce section. I personally have selected a few brands and flavors that I enjoy, taking into account price, taste and nutritional value.
Remember to choose the healthiest options. Look at the nutrition facts label for the smoothie that contain the largest amount of green veggies and the lowest amount of total carbohydrates! However, if you want the most nutrient dense green smoothie, be creative and start up the blenders in your home!
Until next time: Eat well, shop well and live well!