I love green smoothies. Ever since I came across them in Dr Libby’s first book I was hooked. All of a sudden I was known as the funny hippy-dippy girl who carried green goop in jars to work. 6 months later I’m preaching to the converted as it has become the staple of many peoples diets.
Although green smoothies can look gross (especially if you leave them a few hours until drinking them like I do), it’s all appearances. The fruit masks any spinach flavour which makes them the ideal way to consume more greens than you usually would. Green smoothies are ideal as a mid morning snack, after the gym or as a lunch if you are on the go. There are so many recipes out there you needn’t get bored or have issues finding one that suits your needs. If your diet needs more omega 3’s for skin, add chia seeds and linseeds, if you are fructose sensitive use banana instead of apples, if your focus is on protein, add your favourite protein powder.
Spinach is a powerhouse when it comes to detoxification – its dark green leaves are a direct result of the leaf absorbing sunlight which then converts to chlorophyl. As Dr Libby says, eating dark leafy greens is like eating sunshine! These plants are excellent at managing any build up in the liver which is why it is ideal to consume green smoothies every day.
I have green smoothies almost every morning – I find that it helps keep my mood and appetite regular. Having one near by means I don’t get hangry and reach for junk that will leave me feeling flat and bloated.
This recipe was passed on to me from my new Digital Administrator at work. Not only is she super speedy at reporting, her commitment to health is a true inspiration. It’s a good thing.
- 1 apple, deseeded and roughly chopped
- ½ cucumber, roughly chopped
- 1 stick celery, roughly chopped
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 orange
- 1-2 tablespoons linseeds
- ½ teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped (optional)
- 500 ml water
- You can see where I am going here, it’s really not that hard – add everything into a blender and process until smooth!
- Serve over ice for extra refreshment.