GREEN SMOOTHIES AND JUICES, ‘THE ELIXIR OF LIFE’?

A smoothie is always a very good option for breakfast thanks to its nutritional benefits as it gives you all the energy and vitality for a good start in the morning!  It’s delicious, very easy to digest and it doesn’t take more time that you think!

So, if you lead a super busy life, smoothies are a great way of getting the nourishment your body needs without sacrificing time you don’t have to spare. They are high in chlorophyll, which converts sunlight into usable energy, and packed full of live enzymes that help the body’s digestive processes.

Green leaves vegetables should be a fundamental part of your diet. Nutritionally, greens are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, and vitamins A, C, E, and K. They are also loaded with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll, and many other micronutrients. They are also high-alkaline foods that combine very well with everything (fruits, other vegetables, proteins, etc) and they should be eaten every day.

Kale, “the queen of greens”, and spinaches are also high in protein, and a great source of dietary fiber. Most people don’t eat enough greens, so green smoothies and juices are a brilliant way of easily incorporating theses amazing vegetables in your diet. Both are refreshing and revitalizing, they are delicious and satisfying way to better hearth and more energy.

Do you want to prepare your smoothie? Try it! It’s easy

Choose one or two seasonal fruits (and /or, for the adventurous ones, vegetables).  Add some fat (*), add some greens and some liquid (rice milk, almond milk, green tea, water, etc). Blend everything and get your delicious smoothie!! Put some superfoods (chia seeds, goji berries, hemp, flax seeds, etc.) and enjoy it!

 

(*) Why do we need to add fat to our smoothie? Because of the sugar that the fruit contains. It’s natural and healthy sugar but it can have an effect in our body, glycaemic peak. The fat (avocado, nuts, seeds, coconut milk, coconut oil, etc) we add to the smoothie will help to absorb the sugar slowly avoiding this peak.

Nuts and seeds should be soaked for at least 12 hours in order to digest them better (put them in water overnight and rinse them in the morning before eating).

 

These are some examples:

  • Mango, avocado, fresh figs, 1/4 tea spoon maca, rice milk and parsley
  • Apple, pear, 1/4 avocado, rice milk, parsley, and superfoods
  • Pears, fig, grapes, pecan nuts (soaked during the night) and kale
  • Orange, ½ avocado, fresh spinaches, 1 cm fresh ginger, water or vegetal milk (almond, rice, etc.)

To Juice or to Smoothie?

Smoothies are super quick to make and will fill you up for longer because they contain lots of fibre and also healthy fats which will satiate your body and keep you satisfied until lunch time.

Because juices contain very little fibre they are easier for the body to absorb. But at the same time, as there is almost not fibre in the juice and there is not fat then you can easily have a hypoglycaemic peak so add always green vegetables: arugula, spinaches, cabbage, kale, parsley, mint, coriander, etc. Choose the ones you like and discover new flavours!

Juices are at their most nutritionally powerful when they are fresh, before oxidation starts to degrade the nutrients. To get the most from your juice drink it right after you make it. Avoid industrial juices which are packed with a lot of sugar and chemical aditifs.

Propose to your kids to help you when preparing a smoothie or a juice. You will be amazed how they love your greens!!!!

 

If you introduce smoothies in your breakfast and a green juice in another moment of your day, you will notice an improvement in your overall health and energy levels. Let’s give yourself that opportunity to boost your vitality and energy!!