Ultimate Green Smoothie Recipe
Why Green Smoothies?
If you haven't heard of green smoothies before, now is the time to get acquainted. They are an amazing elixir for health. This is because fresh raw foods contain living enzymes. These enzymes, plus the life energy in living foods, create tremendous rejuvenation. This is especially true for green foods, which are full of magnesium-rich chlorophyll. Most of us don't eat enough greens. As a result, we're often deficient in magnesium, which leads to all kinds of complications. So what's the best way to get your greens? Green smoothies!
Greensmoothies taste just like fruit smoothies. You hardly notice the greens (unless you use too many bitter greens).
The Ultimate Green Smoothies
Here is a general recipe for making the ultimate green smoothies. You can alter it in innumerable ways. They can be made in a simple blender, or if you have a high-speed blender, those work, too (and make a smoother drink). You can also use a juicer to juice the greens to reduce the amount of pulp. I don't mind the pulp, but juicing the greens is an option. Remember, for health, you don't need a fancy juicer. A $25 Oster blender will blend everything good enough to make a healthy drink. It may take a little longer and have more pulp, but it will be just as healthy, or even healthier, than the smoothies without fiber.
List of Suggested Ingredients:
- 2 cups of water or fresh fruit juice
- 2-3 fresh fruits, like oranges, bananas, apples, grapes, anything in season or that you have available
- Fill the rest of the container with leafy green foods, such as: Collards, Swiss Chard, Bok Choy, Kale, Spinach, Lettuce, Celery (We often juice the tough greens and pulpy greens, and use mild greens like lettuce or baby spinach directly in the blender) Less common greens can also be used: Cabbage (not too much), Cilantro, Parsley, and Carrot tops
- Spices: Cinnamon and Ginger powder, to taste — usually about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon. We also juice fresh ginger.
- Dried coconut flakes, fresh coconut, coconut water, and coconut oil (Coconut has amazing healing properties).
- Jaggery (a raw sugar) if your juice is not sweet enough - Don't use white sugar, natural cane sugar is OK.
- Small amount sea salt for trace minerals and electrolytes Blackstrap molasses for extra minerals, especially calcium Brazil nuts for selenium (many people are deficient)
- Any soaked nuts and seeds: Chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, etc.
Like beans, all nuts and seeds should be soaked and rinsed to remove phytates and other anti-nutrients that preserve them. Soak them in water until plump, usually a few hours, or overnight. Drain, rinse, soak again,then drain, rinse, soak & store underwater in the fridge. It only takes a few seconds to drain, rinse, and refill to soak. Soak and rinse 2-3 times. Soaking also makes them easier to blend. Soak a batch of nuts and seeds each week.
Store extra nuts and seeds in the fridge, covered with water. This prevents them from molding and going bad. They will last a week or two underwater. Cashews and Brazil nuts don't need soaking. Chia seeds and flax seeds become gelatinous and won't drain easily. Don't bother. Just soak them for a few hours and store directly in the fridge.
Essentially, the formula is 1/3 liquids, 1/3 fruits, and 1/3 greens — plus spices, nuts & seeds, perhaps a coconut product, jaggery, honey, or whole natural sugar if needed, plus a bit of sea salt. It's not very easy to measure the greens, so just stuff as many greens into the blender as you can! Experiment and find the combination you enjoy most.
I often just use oranges and bananas. If you have a juicer, you can reduce the amount of pulp if you don't care for it. We juice fresh pineapple to get more juice, reduce pulp, and minimize the need for trimming. Centrifugal juicers will juice fruits, but not greens. Only an auger-type juicer will work for greens. We use the inexpensive TriBest Z-Star manual juicer for our greens, but any auger type juicer will work. Search online for “auger juicer.” Both the horizontal and newer vertical models work well.
Green smoothies can be made in 5-10 minutes, once you get use to it.
If you're taking medications, check with your doctor. Sometimes blood thinners interact with green foods. You may want to start off slowly. Or even better, your medication can be adjusted to account for getting more green foods. The idea is to be consistent with the amount of greens in your diet and medications can be adjusted to compensate. Green foods often have miraculous healing properties, so don't avoid them just because your medication may need adjustment. Any competent doctor knows how to compensate for getting more green foods in your diet. Consult your doctor and tell them you want to include healthier foods in your diet and they can help you. Many people find that as their body heals, they no longer need the medicines. Your doctor may be amazed.
For healing purposes, it's a good idea to get at least 50% of your diet as fresh, raw, uncooked foods. Of course, avoid all meats and all processed foods. There is an extensive discussion about foods and diet in my book “Extraordinary Healthcare.”