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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Green Smoothies

I'm always looking for ways to get extra veggies into my diet, and making a green smoothie is a great way to do that. Green smoothies are so simple to make and are really difficult to mess up. Basically you just blend a bunch of veggies that you like with fruit or fruit juice and, voila, you have yourself a smoothie!

Smoothies are also very easy to digest. The blender works as a set of super-efficient teeth and gets the raw nutrients broken down and ready for your body to easily absorb. Also, blending is nutritionally better than you for than juicing. The juicer strains out a lot of the stuff that contains the highest amounts of nutrients and fiber. And that fiber slows down your bodies process of absorbing the fruit sugars, which (a) makes you feel more satisfied and full and (b) helps prevent a "sugar rush" that you may get from a juice.

If you haven't tried making green smoothies yet, please try one out. I can almost guarantee that you will find them delicious, satisfying and wonderfully refreshing. Our bodies just love nutrient-rich food.

Below is the recipe for one of my favorite green smoothies. But don't think you have to follow this to a tee. Feel free to adjust the ingredients and ratios based on your personal preferences and what you have on hand. And don't be afraid to experiment. It's easy to "fix" a smoothie that you don't think tastes quite right. If it tastes too bitter, add a little more fruit. If it is too thick, add a little ice or liquid.

My Favorite Green Smoothie

2 c. fresh spinach
1 c. parsley
1 cucumber
2 apples, cored
1/2" long piece of peeled & grated ginger root
1/2 c. organic carrot juice
juice from 1/2 lemon

Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!

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