April 27, 2012 by Darlene McC
Green has never been one of my favorite colors; with the exception of trees I can think of very few green things that I love… and then there’s this:
My very first green smoothie! You’ve probably heard of green juice, but this might be a trump.
Juice Just Isn’t Good Enough
Why? Fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and other organic items (meaning items that are not artificial, not in the “THIS IS ORGANIC” marketing way) have a lot of fiber – you’ve probably heard that word a million times in your life.
Fiber is the part of food your body can’t break down, absorb, and utilize. If you didn’t already know that you probably wonder why we need something our body can’t use. Fiber allows your digestive system to keep moving! You need your car to drive down the highway, and the food you eat needs fiber to be carried through your gastrointestinal system. Basically, it keeps you pooping.
When you juice fruits or veggies you don’t eat the pulp, skin, and fleshy bits. That means you’re missing out on a lot of valuable vitamins, minerals, and FIBER.
One more reason to want to smoothie instead of juice: a smoothie you can make with the blender you already have. Juicing requires a juicer (and most of us don’t have one of those).
What makes a green smoothie green? A leafy veggie – like kale or spinach. Having a green smoothie as a snack or start to your day means stepping off with a ton of natural sugar for energy (from fruit), vitamins and minerals your body needs (from fruits and veggies), a bunch of antioxidants (again from the F & V), and a good shot of fiber to keep you regular. If you opt to include a scoop of greek yogurt you’re also getting some active cultures, and that’s going to keep you on the regular as well.
Urban Amazon Green Goddess Smoothie
- 2 Cup Kale (or spinach)
- 1 Large Apple, cored (I left the peels on for more fiber)
- 1 Banana
- 1.5 Cup Orange Juice (some use water, to me that brings down the flavor)
- 1 “Thumbs Worth” fresh ginger, peeled (ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory. Try to have some every day!)
- 1 Cup Frozen Strawberries or Pineapple (why use ice?)
Throw it all in a blender until smooth!
Every green juice I’ve ever had I hated – they always have a ton of celery, which I like on my own but tastes like dirt when mixed with Kale. The fruit in this smoothie takes all the strong bitter flavors away from the greens and they balance so well. With the added fiber of the kale or spinach your body absorbs the sugar from the fruit more slowly, keeping you off of a crash. Experiment with your own combos, and add some lemon for a little tang and even more natural anti-inflammatory power!