Today marked the final day of the Seven Smoothies in Seven Days Challenge. I’ve really enjoyed taking part and have felt really great throughout- more energy, no skin blemishes and just well in general. Since this was my last day I thought it would be a great idea to get right down to the heart of the matter:
What’s all the fuss about?
Before discovering green smoothies via blog land my own smoothies were the traditional fruit, yoghurt and milk affair.
Now don’t get me wrong these type of smoothies are fab and taste pretty darn good! They are bursting with essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. However, green smoothies are in a league of their own.
We all know vegetables are better for us than chocolate, so why all the excitement about whizzing them up in a blender to drink?
Pah! Sorry chocolate I love you really! Lindt Touch of Sea Salt anyone? But anyways, the health benefits of green smoothies are endless…
detoxifies the body
can aid weight loss
faster absorption of vitamins and minerals
balances the body’s pH
re-energises the body
easier for the body to digest
Eating good quality sourced vegetables is essential for anybody that is looking to improve their general health. Typically we all should be eating five portions of fruit a day, but I get the feeling that most of us go way over that! 😀 The Alkaline Diet promotes the digestion of high alkaline leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale. These particular vegetables help ward off any health problems that may be caused by a diet of high acidic levels, characteristic of a western diet. Green smoothies instill a general feeling of well-being and have been associated with alleviating depression and allegedly aid weight loss.
An alkaline Green Juice is basically a mixture of fresh dark green vegetables but can also be made from powder. By consuming the vegetables this way the body absorbs the minerals and nutrients more rapidly as the digestion process has been shortened upon blending.
Here’s one of my favourite ladies Tracy Anderson talking about the importance of maintaining the body’s pH in reference to the health risks that a too acidic diet can cause:
Ok! I admit it! The very thought of drinking blended dark leafy greens made me shriek and screw my face up in horror!
My first attempt was disastrous. It was a case of holding my nose and virtually throwing it down my throat. However, after researching the impact that changes in the body’s alkalinity can have I thought it was about time I jumped on the green smoothie band wagon. I eased myself in nice and slow as at that time it was all about baby steps.
I started with my Not So Green Smoothie…
This was a great way for those of you who want to try Green Juice but like me who previously had doubts. I think a small introduction of alkaline vegetables into your smoothies is a great way to go. You can get really creative too…
Since my Not So Green Smoothie I have come leaps and bounds in conquering my fear of that earthy taste that I first expected simply by experimenting with different ingredients and flavours. All of my smoothies form the Challenge will be on my recipe page shortly, but here’s a quick recap:
- Mixed dark leaves
- one banana
- xanthan gum
- soya protein
- wheat germ
- maca powder
- ground flax
- rice milk
Topping included more coconut, dates and golgi berries.
So you see my friends green smoothies are…DAH BOMB!, where it’s at, the best thing since sliced bread, life’s greatest invention- PLEASE INSERT ANY CELEBRATORY COMMENT!
There are so many different varieties and possibilities that you can create. So go get in your green smoothie labs and get experimenting. I assure you that you will not be disappointed.
Have you tried green smoothies before? Did you even know what they were before you entered the blog world?
What are your favourite flavour combos? I’m a huge fan of chocolate and peanut butter and squash green smoothies. If you ever get stuck Angela, Laura and Jess also have some fantastic recipes for green smoothies so go take a look!
P.S. There is one day left to enter my giveaway. It ends tomorrow at 1pm GMT.