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Green Smoothie Recipes

Guest Author - Gretchen Goel

Greens are an important part of a plant based diet. They need to be consumed daily in salads, smoothies, or cooked dishes and are best consumed raw or steamed. Leafy greens deliver vital nutrients like calcium, B vitamins, vitamin C, and Omega 3ís. They contain soluble fiber and nutrients with anti-cancer properties. They help to control sugar cravings and help to alkalize the body.

If you are not getting two LARGE salads with mixed greens in your diet daily, green smoothies are an easy way to get more greens without the mess of chopping.

You will want to invest in a quality blender to make really good smoothies. If you are on a budget, I recommend starting with The Magic Bullet. The Magic Bullet is great for single serving smoothies. It has a high powered motor with strong blades that quickly liquidate food to a good degree.

If you have an aversion to textures you will need to invest in a high quality blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtec. These blenders completely liquidate food placed in them. No chunks or bits and pieces will be detected.


Gretchenís Basic Green Smoothie

3 or more cups of washed organic leafy greens (spinach, romaine, collards or a combination of the three)
1 cup of freshly squeezed juice from an orange
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp of golden ground flax

Toss in a blender and blend until smooth. It should be BRIGHT Green. Enjoy!


Green and Blue Smoothie

3 or more cups of leafy greens (spinach, romaine, collards or a combination of the three)
1 cup of freshly squeezed juice from an orange
1 cup of Blueberries or Ĺ package of frozen Sambazon Acai berries
5 Cashew Nuts

Toss in a blender and blend until smooth. It should look like something in a babyís diaper. Ewwww! Close your eyes and take a drink. Tastes GREAT!


Green and Gold Smoothie

3 or more cups of leafy greens (spinach, romaine, collards or a combination of the three)
Ĺ cup of pineapple chunks
1 cup of coconut water
5 Almonds

Toss in a blender and blend until smooth. It should look bright green like my basic smoothie. It will be a bit sweeter and probably more enjoyable to those who like sweetened beverages.


Are you a Green Smoothie drinker? Go to the forums and let us know about your favorite green smoothie recipe!

Try a green smoothie today and see how it curbs your afternoon cravings for sweets. Enjoy!

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This content was written by Gretchen Goel. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Teresa Post for details.

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