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Creating a green smoothie – the plan

I drink a green smoothie every day. It gives me a large dose of greens, it’s easy and palatable, great for my body and skin and jam-packed full of nutrients. I think drinking a green drink like this, is the first step in creating a lifestyle that fights disease. Green smoothies are easy to make, you just need a plan….

The Green Smoothie Plan

1. The base

  • Unsweetened non-dairy milk – examples include, almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, hemp milk, rice milk
  • Plus water.
  • Experiment with the amount that best suits you… I usually add around 6oz of almond milk and 6oz water.

2. The greens

  • Pick your greens (one or many)… examples are: Kale, spinach, swiss chard, dandelion, beet greens, collards, parsley, mint.
  • Rotate your greens. It is advisable to not use the same greens every day for a long period of time. For more information on why you should rotate your greens seeĀ Rotate your Greens.
  • Trader Joes and Costco have an organic blend of bagged power greens which include a variety of greens… great for making green smoothies. As an example, I use half a bag of Trader Joes Power Greens in each smoothie and sometimes add additional parsley or mint.

3. The fruit

  • Banana, any berries, apple, pear, mango, avocado, peach, melon, kiwi…
  • Remember more greens than fruit. I use one piece of fruit per smoothie. If you are just starting green smoothies for the first time, you may need more fruit at first.

4. The additions

  • Supercharge your smoothie with… chia seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseed, spirulinia, maca, goji berries, raw cacao, nut butters, protein powders, dried cranberries, fresh lemon juice.
  • As an example, this morning my green smoothie consisted of: almond milk, water, power greens (baby spinach, baby kale, chard), parsley, asian pear, hemp seeds, chia seeds, cranberries, goji berries, juice of 1 lemon.

Blend it… live life.

  • Blend together the ingredients from each section above.
  • Drink your smoothie straight away.
  • Have a happy, healthy day!

Let me know how your smoothies turn out, if you have a favorite combination, or if you are now including a green smoothie in your day. Cheers!

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