This luscious smoothie is full of vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes to nourish and energize.
Serves 2 smoothie-loving people.
- 1 1/2 cups cashew milk
- 1 handful fresh spinach
- 4 romaine leaves
- 1 orange
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 tsp of fresh ginger
- 1 cucumber, peeled
- 1 scoop Vega greens plus protein powder
- Toss everything in your blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a glass (so you can see the beautiful shade of green) and enjoy!
Standing on the bus today, stopped at a red light, I noticed a man in a red car idling beside us. He was wearing a suit and tie on a beautiful, hot and sunny day, looked incredibly stressed and was gulping down a salt, fat and msg laden burrito held in one hand while he drove with the other. I stared at him thinking “that food is not doing his body any good”. Next I thought about how he was gulping it down and what that would do to his digestive system. Yuck. Then I thought about how much better people look and feel when they eat a natural, un-processed, alkaline based diet. That thought led me to the question of food manufacturers and the gazillion dollar beauty industry possibly being in bed together. Think about it. If we are all addicted to junky fast food full of chemicals and preservatives, bad fats, sugar, high fructose corn syrup and msg (the last three being highly addictive), we are going to look and feel pretty bad. Then we’re probably going to go out and spend a ton of money on lotions and creams, botox and fillers in a vain attempt to look good again, and spend some really big bucks in the process. It’s not such a far-fetched idea after all. If we all started eating fresh fruit and veggies as the base for our diets (and started moving our bodies more) we would transform our health and our physiques and no longer get sucked in by the outlandish claims of the beauty industry. Sounds like freedom to me.
So what exactly are the benefits of a greens based diet?
Here they are:
- Skin more elastic and youthful
- Deeper more restful sleep
- More physical energy
- Fewer colds, headaches, flu viruses
- Good digestion
- Less arthritis and joint pain
- Reduction of candida (yeast) overgrowth
- Better bone density
- Increased mental alertness
Definitely food for thought.
And to help you jump on the green bandwagon, here’s a recipe for easy sautéed spinach side dish:
Green Goodness Spinach
- 2 large bunches of spinach, about 1 lb
- Olive oil, extra virgin
- 3 cloves garlic, sliced
- Sea salt to taste
Even my rascally little Terrier knows how good greens are for you. Here he is dining at his grassy, all-you-can-eat salad bar..
So, I’ve been dipping into the chip bowl again (Miss Vickie’s Original, I can’t resist you!) and now I’m feeling the need to get my system back in balance, fast. Nothing does it better or quicker than a few big, juicy, green smoothies. The perfect yin to my Miss Vickie’s yang.
The recipe for this emerald green tonic is an ultra-healthy blend of green veggies, fruit and a couple of superfood extras to detoxify, energize and alkalinize your fabulous body.
Green Goddess Tonic
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup organic dark greens 1 cup cucumber
- 4 stalks celery
- pinch of parsley
- 1 tsp. minced ginger
- dash of turmeric (anti-cancer & anti-aging)
- 1 apple
- 1 pear
- 1/2 cup blueberries
Blend. Pour. Savour.
When I was feeling a little under the weather while battling a nasty cold a couple of weeks ago, I grabbed a green smoothie at Whole Foods. In between sneezes, I tasted the most fabulous green drink. One of the key flavours was ginger and as I drank the last drop I wondered why I’ve never added ginger to one of my smoothies? It’s good for upset tummys, anti-aging and so, so delicious.
So here is the gingery concoction I came up with to try to duplicate the uber-yummy Whole Foods smoothie:
Green Ginger Smoothie
- handful kale
- handful spinach
- one diced apple
- 1 cup blueberries
- heaping tsp. diced fresh ginger
- 1/2 cup organic apple cider
Ginger berry goodness…