This morning Rocco DiSpirito was the guest of Good Morning America Recipes and introduced numerous healthy recipes using greens. This has raised the public interest in green smoothie recipes because of health benefits. Smoothies can keep cool and slip some nutrition into any diet.
Recipes from green smoothies are a wonderful way to enjoy the wholesome sweetness of fruits with the added health benefits you get from eating leafy greens. Green smoothie recipes are very popular in the raw foods movement.
How do you make a green smoothie? It is pretty simple. I personally start with one banana and then I add some berries for their gorgeous color, marvelous taste, and the spectrum of anti-oxidants they contain. I buy my berries in the frozen fruits section of the supermarket. My current favorites are wild blueberries, red raspberries, and dark sweet cherries.
Blend your banana and berries with some water and then add your greens. Good choices for mild greens that you will not even taste in your smoothie include some chopped romaine lettuce, a small head of baby bok choy, or a few handfuls of baby spinach. If you use a Vita-mix or other high speed blender, the greens get completely blended in (this is a great way to get your kids to secretly eat some healthy veggies, by the way). Kale is incredibly nutritious and is a wonderful addition to a green smoothie, too.
One of the great things about green smoothies is that there are so many variations. You could skip the banana and use other fruits such as pineapple or mango and you could use coconut milk or coconut water or raw milk kefir or organic plain yogurt (or a combination) for the liquid. You can also add some protein such as ground hemp seeds and then you have a quick and nutritionally balanced meal or snack any time of the day. I also like to add 1 Tb. of coconut oil to my green smoothies as the fat keeps me satisfied for longer than when I just use the fruit alone, plus then I get all the health and weight loss benefits of this remarkable food.
Banana-Cherry Green Smoothie (1-2 servings)
(Use organic ingredients whenever possible)
1 banana, peeled and sliced
1 cup frozen cherries
1 head baby bok choy, cleaned and chopped
1 cup water
¾ cup plain yogurt
1 Tb. coconut oil
dash of vanilla extract
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender and enjoy. For more easy healthy recipes, visit the recipe index at www.healthy-green-lifestyle.com.
Written by Winnie Abramson, ND. Winnie is a naturopathic doctor. She is the founder of Healthy-green-lifestyle.com, a website that helps readers improve their health and decrease their environmental impact with holistic nutrition and green living tips, healthy recipes, organic gardening advice and photos, and links to eco-friendly companies.