Obviously fruits, veggies and greens are extremely healthy for you. And I love them, but they can get boring and monotonous after a bit. And while I usually eat them for either lunch or dinner, I was challenged to try having greens for breakfast after reading the Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder.
Raw vegetables and greens pack in way more nutrients then after they are heated and spiced into delicious oblivion. And rather than packing a bag of baby spinach to munch on throughout the morning, I decided to try green smoothies. That way I can avoid eating cereal and English muffins at work every morning or just ignore my growling stomach.
The first few times I made smoothies I tried the “Glowing Green Smoothie” from the Beauty Detox book.
Glowing Green Smoothie
- 1 ½- 2 cups very cold, filtered water
- 6 cups spinach, chopped
- 5 cups organic romaine lettuce, chopped
- 2 stalks of organic celery
- 1 organic apple, cored and chopped
- 1 organic pear, cored and chopped
- 1 organic banana
- 1–2 Tbs. fresh organic lemon juice
- 1/2 cup of organic cilantro
- 1/2 cup of organic parsley
That was good, but I got tired of it after a while. I figured whenever I combined some kind of green with some fruit, the result would always be pretty darn healthy and I wanted some more variety. I skimmed through Green Smoothie Revolution to get some more ideas. They have a huge list of ideas for delicious simple green smoothies.
mango – kale – water
peaches – lettuce – raspberries – water
strawberries – bananas – avocado – water – dinosaur kale
berries – spinach – water
peach – mint – spinach – water
spinach – mango – banana – pineapple – water
spinach – banana – OJ – blueberries – strawberries
parsley – blueberries – red grapes – cucumber
arugula – pineapple – banana – water
spinach – pomegranate
spinach – romaine lettuce – strawberries
water – blueberries – blackberries – pear – kale
spinach – berries – bananas – water
For my own green smoothies I usually make about 3 blenders at a time and put them in Ball jars to freeze. Then I grab one and drink it at work as its defrosting. I’d recommend drinking it cold and blending it smooooooth. If you do that and add a good amount of fruit, you won’t even taste the greens I promise! ( Though my coworkers don’t believe me) The one exception was dandelion greens. They were so very bitter that nothing I added could save the taste. So I avoid that green, but hey go for it if you want!
For my smoothies I use romaine lettuce, celery, some sprigs of cilantro and parsley, a banana and apple for my base. Then for one smoothie I’ll use arugula or spinach or kale with some strawberries and pineapple. Then the second I usually use raspberries or blueberries with maybe peach or mango. Then the third I use whatever is left.
Try it out! The worst that happens is you don’t like it and go back to cereal. OR! You love the taste and get in a big chunk of your nutrients for the day right off the bat.