Green Smoothie Recipes & In-depth Info on Green Smoothies
November 21, 2017
Clean and Feed with Green to Heal :)
If you forget all else you read on the web today, Remember this! Say it to yourself once an hour.
Green Smoothies will keep your skin smooth and soft while everyone around you ages! No kidding. A new friend, Glenna, told me she couldn't figure me out when she met me.
"I saw your gray hair, but your skin looks like a 16-year-old's!"
She's exaggerating. I'm over 65 :) Please feed your skin only food you would eat. Read how to do that here.
How to Make a Green Smoothie
Green Smoothies are simple — take any fresh greens you like and blend them with fruit.
They're so quick 'n easy and taste divine — unless you do something truly stupid, as I did the other day, and mix arugula (rocket), spinach and parsley in one smoothie (talk about bitter).
Reader Paizley writes:
"I would not call that stupid...just not suited for your tastes. I blended up a bunch of green endive this morning with spinach and lemon. It was wonderful. Green endive is more bitter than arugula."
"Suggest to your readers to experiment ... they can add other ingredients to change the flavor. There are no rules or regulations to making your own green smoothie!"
Good point, thank you Paizley!
Green Smoothies are the most nutritious meal on earth. A good Smoothie is 60% fresh fruit mixed with 40% green leafy vegetables.
Blend your fruit first, then add leafy greens. Pick organic greens fresh daily from a Sprouter or your garden (see photos).
Children love the taste of Green Smoothie. Sweet fruit takes away the bitter taste of greens. If your Smoothie tastes too bitter, add more fruit.
Remember the Variety Rule — don't eat today what you ate yesterday. Blend different fruits and greens each day.
Green Smoothies are easy to digest. A blender is the perfect set of teeth. It's a dream come true for your digestive enzymes. Nutrients are absorbed quickly and easily.
The fibrous greens of a Smoothie are blended into a mush. Blending by-passes all digestive problems like sore teeth, peptic ulcer, colitis, and a sick pancreas.
Green Smoothies are a complete food. With their fiber, the fruit sugars are absorbed more slowly. You don't get that blood sugar rush you get from juicing.
Healing Teeth with Green Smoothies
Are you vegan or high-vegan? Then you're at high risk for cavities, and crumbling teeth in young children. Teeth and gum problems are a big bugaboo in the raw vegan world.
In my experience, Energy Soup and Green Smoothies HEAL teeth and gums. When you blend a pound of greens a day, you give your body the Carotenes and K1 it needs to convert into the fat-soluble vitamins A and K2, both essential for strong bones and teeth.
Leafy greens are critical for healing your teeth. But they cannot work alone. Please see what you need to do on my page How to Heal Your Teeth & Gums.
Living Green Smoothies
Living Greens for Living Bodies & a Living Earth!
LIVING Greens growing FRESH at home give you the most powerful Green Smoothies.
LIVING greens have all nutrients in perfect balance for high-energy Green Smoothies. Lettuce loses 60% of its vitamin C within 24 hours of picking.
What's a living green? It's still growing in the moment you eat it :)
In the fall of 1993, I began blending leafy greens with fruit into a Green Smoothie. I bought fresh organic greens from my local health food store but of course they'd traveled their usual 15,000-odd miles.
Then I decided to grow my own greens in my kitchen. Wow, it was the difference between night and day. For the first time, I knew I was going to heal. Have you felt the POWER of eating the LIFE FORCE?
Only LIVING greens give you enzymes and biophotons. Dr. Gabriel Cousens writes in Conscious Eating:
"The more biophotons we take in through our foods, the better our health."
Biophotons are NOT in dead greens from the store. They're light energy emitted by the active DNA in LIVING plants.
Grow leafy greens indoors in a Sprouter, or outside in living soil. One caveat. You'll never want a store-bought lettuce after you pick a leafy green at home! The energy of Fresh dazzles your eyes.
Green Smoothies Heal Addiction
How do you lose weight? By losing the DESIRE for junk food. When you pass a photocopy shop, are you desperate to go in? No! So what forces you into a bakery or hamburger joint? CRAVING. You've GOT to have it.
I know, I was an alcoholic for 23 years, then addicted to sugar for the next 5 years — until I began to blend Energy Soup every day.
In the first month I saw light at the end of my tunnel. I stood in my bathroom, I knew for the first time in my life I was going to escape from my hell.
How do I pass Dunkin Donuts today, and feel no desire? I never reach for a donut or french fries any more. It's certainly not willpower! Anyone who can drink herself to death for two decades, you can see has no willpower.
It's the Green Smoothies, one a day every day. Green Smoothie is so nutrient dense — has so much nutrition per bite of calorie — it gives your cells the food they are crying for. Green Smoothies are the first step to end addiction.
When your cells get what they need, and your brain, and emotions, that desire for junk falls away one step at a time — like leaves falling from a tree in autumn. The first to go was Mrs Fields cookies. I could not stand their heavy sugar. Today my body-mind thrives on fresh fruit sugar.
Jon Gabriel — famous for helping us to lose weight with whole foods — did it the same way.
Jon writes in his book, The Gabriel Method: The Revolutionary DIET-FREE Way to Lose Weight — download chapter one here (click on 'Free Stuff'):
"I started ... eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, but with one difference: I made sure I added certain foods that I knew had the nutrients my body needed in a form that I could digest and assimilate."
Which Leafy Greens Are Best to Eat?
Be sure to blend DIFFERENT greens every day into a Smoothie. Greens have alkaloids that are good in small quantities but slightly toxic if you eat the same green day-after-day. Greens are a lot like homeopathic remedies.
We should never have any food, drink, herb or supplement seven days a week — always take 1-2 days break. An Automatic Sprouter gives you a *new* tray of baby greens fresh every day! Owning a GoGreen Sprouter is the easy way to enjoy a variety of organic greens. Baby greens take only 3-5 days to grow.
What of the mature greens? Those that grow for 6-8 weeks like lettuce, spinach and wild weeds? Well, there's two schools of thought. One, led by Victoria Boutenko, believes that bitter-tasting greens like wild weeds are good for you. Victoria even blends avocado pit into her green smoothie! The other school, led by Doug Graham, emphasizes tender greens such as sprouts and lettuces.
In her book Green Smoothie Revolution Victoria quotes research:
"The phytochemicals are antioxidants, and they are all bitter ... The same chemicals in plants that make for a bitter taste may also prevent cancer and heart disease."
That may be true. Yet a glass of SWEET freshly squeezed orange juice has billions of antioxidants! Indeed, your best source of antioxidants are the COLORS in fruit + veg. Eat a variety of colors daily, and you'll surpass all your antioxidant needs :)
Dr. Theodore Baroody confirms in his book Alkalize or Die:
"The sweeter the food tastes, the higher its alkalinity."
Alkaline is what we need! Acid is bitter and sour — you know this from vinegar.
Today I find myself in the tender lettuce camp. When I set out on the Green Smoothie path in the fall of 1993, I blended every leafy green possible. My favorite was kale, raw beetroot and garlic with apple + avocado, blended to crunchy in my food processor.
But in Reaching for Raw over the years, I now prefer baby greens from my Sprouter, and fresh lettuce from my garden. I no longer enjoy bitter greens in a Smoothie.
Think about it. The very bitter greens you're not likely to eat, or you'd eat only a little, if eaten alone. These bitter greens are high in alkaloids (natural pesticides) which are toxic to our species.
However, a family in Europe writes this in the summer 2009 issue of Pear magazine:
"We discovered the importance of greens and especially the wild edibles. This was the new step we were looking for! We juice kilos of wild greens every morning and mix them with a sesame and banana smoothie.
So we have a sweet tasting green power drink our kids like, and this helped us to discover higher levels of health and vibration. The mix made from the dense, mineral rich greens and the essential fatty acids in the sprouted sesame are doing miracles!"
Bottom line is, don't let anyone tell YOU what to do! Try it all. Follow your intuition. Let yourself evolve into Joy. Do what feels right for you today.
Some greens are high in oxalic acid which binds with calcium to form calcium oxalate, an insoluble salt. Add these to a Green Smoothie for variety, but do NOT make an entire Smoothie out of them. They are lambsquarters, beet leaves, parsley, purslane, spinach, Swiss chard, amaranth leaves and sorrel. Leave rhubarb leaves alone, they can poison you when eaten in large quantities.
Sweet baby-leaf spinach is fine to eat in quantity. It tastes as if the acid has been bred out of it.
LOW in oxalic acid and good to eat in Green Smoothies are: dandelion greens, kale (more calcium than dairy), lettuce, celery, watercress, escarole, mustard greens, turnip greens, carrot tops, broccoli, asparagus, cabbage, and most other greens.
Out of the wild weeds, I enjoy lamb's quarters (goosefoot in South Africa), purslane and dandelion. They all pop up in my garden.
Alfalfa greens are rich in minerals and trace elements — their roots grow more than 100 feet deep. Alfalfa has all essential amino acids and all known vitamins. It's especially good for your kidney-bladder, writes Paul Pitchford in Healing With Whole Foods. Also well-known for building strong bones. The best way to harvest fresh alfalfa is from a GoGreen Automatic Sprouter.
Minerals in Green Smoothie
Can you count with your children how many wild animals live on greens alone? Buck, zebra, elephants, hippo, giraffes, apes — the list is endless!
Greens nourish every cell in your body-brain. I blend a quart of Green Smoothie daily.
We humans are losing our connection with Green. Truly we need to GoGreen in our diet. A chlorophyll molecule (the green in leaves) differs from a human blood molecule by only one atom. The late Dr Jensen proved in The Healing Power of Chlorophyll that if you're anemic or tired, Green Smoothies will quickly raise your red blood cell count.
The core atom in chlorophyll is magnesium (in human blood it's iron). Cravings are often a sign of magnesium deficiency. Green Juices are the best food to end your addiction to cakes, cookies and chocolate. When your body gets the nutrients it needs, cravings go.
Green Smoothies are rich in alkaline minerals like calcium. The high-calcium greens are the fibrous ones such as dandelion, kale and collard. Wherever there's a hard shell — as in teeth, bone, or tough-to-chew greens — you will find calcium.
Green Smoothies are a perfect food for children of all ages, including babies when introducing new food after mother's milk. Be careful and slowly increase the amount of smoothies to avoid food allergies.
Protein in Green Smoothies
How does an elephant get her protein? She weighs 3,000 pounds! How does a gorilla get hers? She can bench-press 4,000 lbs! From eating green leaves.
Did you know, this is the best-kept secret in the capitalized world? That the richest source of protein for humans is green leaves? Leaf protein is easy to digest, easily assimilated into your tissues, and has none of the harmful side effects of flesh protein.
Green Smoothies contain all essential amino acids. If you're moving toward my heart-friendly, earth-friendly plant-strong way (or you're already on it!) then it's a good idea to eat a Green Smoothie daily to meet all your nutrient needs.
Believe it or not, Green Smoothies are a good source of Omega-3 unsaturated fat for your brain and heart. Green leaves are the plant's food factory where it manufactures the fats it needs for every one of its cells.
Blend a LOT of greens into a Smoothie, rather than kill the fish in the sea. Fish oil is NOT a good source of Omega-3. Green leaves and Clary Sage seeds are far better.
The United Nations reports (UN Food & Agricultural Organization report, Nov. 2006):
"The livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions than transport." [that's farmed animals, birds + fish]
"Livestock are a major source of land and water degradation ... The major polluting agents are animal wastes, antibiotics and hormones, chemicals from tanneries, fertilizers and the pesticides used to spray feed crops."
Amazing! Why change our car, when the UN is telling us to change our diet? Go plant-strong with Green Smoothies! Do you love your children? Then protect their earth. It's the only home they have!
P.S. If you find clary sage seeds & greens don't do it for you (e.g. you still suffer brain fog or memory loss) then try a vegan micro-algae oil high in DHA/EPA. I found my brain needed this oil when I reached my 60's.
A path of miracles lies before you! It's an easy path, one step at a time. It's the path to joy, peace and amazing self-fulfillment, discovering the person you always longed to be.
Take a quick look at how easy the path is:
- Calories (fruit & fat) in Green Smoothies — page 2 of this recipe.
- What to Eat in a Raw Food Diet — get a feel for how to do it right.
- Blending Links — see all info on Blending.
- Site Map — see the whole feast :)
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