Due to a high demand for the green juice smoothie I posted on my instagram over the weekend, I’m sharing my recipe for “Live Long, Lean & Green” in lieu of my usual meatless Monday post.
So why the obsession with green juice smoothies you may ask? Well for one it’s a great way to get my daily in-take of fruits and veggies without having to consume them in mass quantities at every meal.
I officially became hooked on the green smoothie elixirs a little over a year ago when I decided to completely cut out all processed foods out of my diet and instead enjoy a variety of in-season, local and organic foods.
Leafy greens are high in minerals and vitamins including: calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K. In addition, they are jam packed with important nutrients and phytochemicals like fiber, folic acid, and chlorophyll. I recommend buying organic greens whenever possible, though do remember that eating non-organic greens is better than not eating ANY greens at all!
Benefits of dark leafy greens:
▪ Strengthened immune system
▪ Promotion of healthy intestinal flora
▪ Promotion of subtle, light and flexible energy
▪ Blood purification
▪ Cancer prevention
▪ Improved circulation
▪ Lifted spirit and elimination of depression
▪ Improved liver, gall bladder and kidney function
▪ Cleared congestion, especially in lungs by reducing mucus
Since incorporating the juice smoothies as part of my morning ritual, I have experienced dramatic improvements in my health, energy and mental clarity not to mention a weight loss of about 15 lbs. with minimal effort. Also now that I am pregnant I’ve started experimenting more by changing up ingredients and making sure my growing baby and I are getting the most optimal nutrients. And best of all, my husband who was a bit skeptical at first now enjoys drinking my elixirs and complains when we are all out.
So if there is anything that you change about your lifestyle, start with baby steps and build on healthy eating habits. Change takes time, so even if you simply incorporate a green juice smoothie into your daily routine I promise you will notice a big difference over time, which it may also surprise you that certain cravings may dissipate as well. . .
Here is my favorite green juice smoothie as of late, inspired by Terri New York “Live Long & Green Juice” with a few additions of my own:
Live Long, Lean & Green Juice Smoothie
Yields 6-8 Servings
2 handfuls of organic Kale
2 handfuls of organic Spinach
2 kiwis, peeled and chopped
1 organic granny smith apple, sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
3 knobs of ginger (add more if she like a spicier kick)
1 whole organic cucumber (peel if not organic, otherwise use with skin)
3 cups of water (or more for a thinner juice consistency)
Place all ingredients in high-powered blender (my machine of choice is Vitamix 5200) and blend for 60 seconds or more until all ingredients are mixed together. Refrigerate contents in glass pitcher or jar and consume within 2-3 days for optimal freshness.
To get you started on your green juice smoothie journey, here are a few helpful links:
Beginners Guide to Green Smoothies – Care 2
Green Smoothie Recipes – Blender Girl
Green Juicing – Fit for Life
Anyone have a favorite green juice recipe they’d like to share? Post it in my comments below or on my Facebook page .