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10 Reasons to Eat Green Smoothies

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10 Reasons to Eat Green Smoothies

Do green smoothies really taste good?

I hear that question and see that look on people’s faces all the time when I talk about green smoothies. But everyone I serve a green smoothie to is surprised at how good this green liquid tastes—and they want more.

It really is a great way to begin your day: with a 100% raw alkaline meal filled with powerfoods. Plus, they are very yummy because they are filled with the fruit you love.

I first learned of the raw movement and green smoothies from Victoria Boutenko of the ‘Raw Family.’  She is truly the ‘Queen of Green Smoothies.’ She invented green smoothies after much research in the library and her kitchen. She was searching for better health for her sick family, and now the whole family is very healthy.

Between You and Me: I do not eat anywhere near 100% raw foods. My diet is 40–70% raw, depending on the season.

Despite being green, which sometimes scares people, green smoothies are actually very tasty and very good for us. They are filled with healthy greens such as spinach and yummy fruits like raspberries and mangoes.

 

10 Good Reasons to Include Green Smoothies in Your Diet:

1. 100% alkaline: Greens are the highest alkaline-forming foods.

2. Very easy to digest: For many, as it was for me, eating raw food can be challenging for the digestive system.

3. Highly nutritious: The greens are full of vitamins A, K, D, and E, which are all fat-soluble. Vitamin K helps calcium and phosphorus bind onto the bone protein matrix. (Here is a description of one of the most common greens people use and one we recommend because it doesn’t have a bitter taste: Power up Your Day Like Popeye!)

4. Eating more live foods: you consume more fresh fruit and greens.

5. Filled with lots of fiber, which we know we need for elimination. Freshly made vegetable juice is easy to digest but lacks fiber. (Filled with Smart Carbs not Dumb Carbs.)

6. You will get more of the nutrients in a well-blended green smoothie.  Most of the cells in the greens and fruits are broken down; they actually begin to be digested in your mouth.

7. Simple and quick to make and they actually taste good because they have lots of sweet fruit in them.

8. Greens help widen our blood vessels, helping the blood flow, inhibiting the development of blockages, and destroying inflammation because they are full of a gas called nitric oxide.

9. Greens are full of chlorophyll, which purifies the blood, prevents tooth decay, aids in proper digestion, helps detoxify the liver, keeps the thyroid gland in balance, cleanses internal organs, enhances capillary function, supports sex hormones, decontaminates inorganic chemicals, and builds up red blood cell counts, according to Dr. Ann, Dr. Bernard Jensen and G. P. Earp-Thomas of Bloomfield Laboratories. (Read more about how Greens Are Good for Us.)

10. Improved health: Many notice the need to sleep less, as well as better elimination and stronger nails and teeth. Smoothies have made such a big difference in my life that we provide Weekend Web Bootcamps with smoothies in mind.

 

Next page: How to make green smoothies taste great, plus food-combining concerns

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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1:42AM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

Here is another awesome green smoothie that I've tried and recommend....

http://www.calibabe.com/blog/best-smoothie-for-clearer-skin/

2:47PM PST on Nov 25, 2012

sounds great, I'm looking forward to doing this.

6:34AM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

I make sure I buy beets with the greens attached and carrots with the greens...I buy lots of fruit and wash and freeze. Then when I am ready to make my smoothies, I use some Kale, beet tops, celery, and whatever else i have..sometimes some spinach, sometimes dandeline. I cut and wash and put in blender till it is loosely packed. I add 1 cup of Almond milk, 60 cal., and 1/2 cup of yogurt, 50 cal. and blend. then I add 1 frozen banana, a doz. red frozen grapes, , blend..then I add some frozen water mellon and some frozen blue berries , if they are in season..what I get is a delicious frostie..one I have for breakfast, and 2 I freeze. Those late night attacks for something bring me to my freezer and I have one. There are about 120 callories per serving!

9:06PM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

Smoothies are a quick tasty way to get many good nutrients.

12:19PM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

noted with thanks

11:30AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

Thanks!!!

11:09AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

10:51AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

Good info!

10:16AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

These look yummy!

5:30AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

read a frightening article about how too much green smoothie could damage you with oxalates.

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