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Today is National Green Smoothie Day!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Thanks to my good Spark Buddy, Devora4, I found out this little tidbit. I was not aware of this but it is about time we have a healthy holiday or special day, don't you think?

Green smoothies are simply smoothies that have greens blended in them with the other ingredients you have added. The American Cancer Society recommends eating 5 or more servings of a variety of vegetables and fruits each day. I am sad to say that most people do not even get any where near this number. Are you? Are your kids? Nutritional deficiencies are responsible for so many of the diseases that people are experiencing today. Greens are among the most important foods for us to eat. There are many studies that show their cancer fighting qualities. Adding greens to the diet can restore health very quickly. When we give our bodies the nutrition they need, amazing things begin to happen. Green smoothies give us a concentrated amount of fresh greens in a way that would be difficult to achieve through other means.

I think the best reason to drink green smoothies is because on top of the addition of so many important nutrients, green smoothies also help unhealthy cravings to disappear because when our bodies are receiving adequate nutrition, they no longer tell us they are hungry from lack of nutrients in our food. This sentence epitomizes why the Raw Food Diet is so good for you. You do not have to be a Raw Foodist to reap the benefits of green smoothies. If you start your day off with a green smoothie who knows, maybe you will be inspired to eat healthy for the rest of the day. That is a good thing!


“Chimpanzees are the closest animal relative to humans sharing over 99% of the same genes. They eat a diet consisting of 50% fruit, 40% greens and 10% pith, bark and insects. This is all raw and whole food.” http://www.squidoo.com/greensm
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Now I am not advocating eating pith, bark, or insects but I am saying we need far more than 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day. I sometimes get easily over 20 servings a day. This number is not necessarily when I am eating Raw because I easily do this eating Vegetarian.

Health Benefits of Green Smoothies:

1.According to Victoria Boutenko in her book, 12 Steps to Raw Foods, "when blended well, most of the cell walls in the greens and fruits are ruptured, making the valuable nutrients easy for the body to assimilate. Green smoothies literally start to get absorbed in your mouth."
2. Full of fiber..
3. Rich in chlorophyll. It purifies our blood. It fights bad breath and bad body odor. It is an immune enhancer. It can help to correct anemia. It will rejuvenate your body.
4. High in antioxidants and phytochemicals.
6. They will help to bring down the acidity in your pH and make you more alkaline. Cancer does not grow in an alkaline body. In fact, most disease grows in an acid environment.
7. More energy
8. Great to regulate digestion and irregularity,
9. Helps break your cravings for sugar and salt.
10. Fewer mood swings
11. Lose weight
12.Helps stabilize blood sugars.
13. Hair and nails grow faster and stronger. I wondered why all of a sudden my nails are growing longer and stronger. Now I know, I been having at least 2 servings of smoothies a day.
14.Your skin becomes radiant.



http://www.smoothie-handbook
.com/benefits-of-green-smo
othies.html



How to make a green smoothie:

1. You will need a good blender. You do not have to go real high tech if you are just using it for smoothies. Many love the Vita-Mix or Blendtec but there are comparable other brands out there. I bought a Kitchenaide KSB580 at ¼ the price and I am thrilled with it.

2.Add about 2 cups of greens.

3.Add some fresh or frozen fruit like strawberries, blueberries, banana, peaches, mango, pineapple, apples, pears, or melon. There are so many flavor combinations you can concoct. If you used fresh fruit you may want to add a handful of ice cubes and then add 1-2 cups of filtered water.

4.Blend and enjoy!


This basic recipe can be made into endless variations based on your own taste and the availability of ingredients.

You can use any fresh or frozen (unsweetened) fruits and any greens.
Nutrient-packed herbs like parsley and cilantro are also great additions in your green smoothies.

Spinach and romaine are the best greens to try first as they are more mild than kale or beet greens.

Carrot tops and dandelion greens are very nutritious and deeply cleansing greens.

Fruit juices are another option in your green smoothies if you cannot access enough fresh fruit or want to add some variety. Use only 100% juice without added sweeteners and organic when possible. Bottled juices are pasteurized (heated) so their fruit sugar is more concentrated and they do not maintain the same amount of nutrients as fresh or frozen fruit.

Try adding avocado, celery, tomatoes, carrots or beets.

Add spirulina, hemp powder, ground flax, bee pollen, maca, or other superfoods to boost the protein and the nourishing/cleansing effect of your green smoothies.


Sources:
www.squidoo.com/greensmo
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He also has some emoticon green smoothie recipes on there that are not your normal ones you find.

www.smoothie-handbook.co
m/benefits-of-green-smooth
ies.html




Here are some links to some of my own Green Smoothies that I entered into Spark Recipes so you can track them very easily:

Collard Green and Pineapple Smoothie

recipes.sparkpeople.com/
recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1
065884




Mango, Parsley, and Banana Smoothie

recipes.sparkpeople.com/
recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1
129254




Carrot Ginger Smoothie
recipes.sparkpeople.com/
recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1
172033



Try a Green Smoothie for breakfast. It is fast and nutritious. It is a great way to start off your day!
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JILLLIIIAN 9/19/2010 12:45AM

  Thanks for the recipes and the background information

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SUNNYH99 8/25/2010 1:41PM

    Mmm! Thanks for the great info, Yvonne! You always share good stuff with us I wouldn't know otherwise.
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BIRDMANPRICE 8/25/2010 1:21PM

    My wife makes me two green smoothies a day! My naturopath was concerned that I was not getting enough protein from being a vegan. I used this site to calculate the vitamins and minerals I get from the smoothies and meals. I found out that the only supplement I really need is B12. Green smoothies are better than vitamins.

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DEVORA4 8/25/2010 12:08PM

  Yvonne dear, Thanks for making the benefits of green smoothies clear to your followers. As usual, you said it so much better than I did. May I recommend that people read your blog in my next blog? I had 3 green smoothies today and I feel on top of the world. First time I tried it with avocado and I must say that I enjoyed it more than spinach.

I hope that you are feeling better. I am sending my love to you. debby

PS You may have recalled that I wrote in my blog about some veteren sparkers who showed me the way. I was talking about EJ and you. Love deb aka devora4

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SHEILA8383 8/25/2010 1:31AM

    I am with you! This week I have returned to starting my day with a green smoothie. It sure does make a difference! emoticon

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DS9KIE 8/24/2010 11:31PM

    sounds great

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/24/2010 6:59PM

    Thank you for the reminder!

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BARBARAJ73 8/24/2010 5:56PM

    Am going to try one.......! Thanks emoticon

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BARBARAJ73 8/24/2010 5:56PM

    Am going to try one.......! Thanks emoticon

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EGRAMMY 8/24/2010 3:44PM

    emoticon It's not easy being green!

But it's a lot easier when Travelnista tells you about Green Smoothie Day and gives you info and recipes.

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MRSJERRYBUSH 8/24/2010 3:37PM

    This will be easy for me to try. I love greens. I feel healthier from just reading your article. Thanks!

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EWEINHISPASTURE 8/24/2010 3:07PM

    I am just learning about green smoothies. So far my experiments have not been very tasty, to say the least. LOL Sunday's was the best. I just used frozen bananas and raw zucchini from the garden. Today I bought some broccoli rabe at the market. I blended it with frozen bananas just like the zucchini. GAG!!! IT'S AWFUL! I added some stevia to make it more palatable...still awful! I WILL drink it all, because I know it's healthy, and I will not waste good food, but I am truly looking forward to being able to make the delicious kind of which you all are speaking.
If I drink it all, I will reward myself with some delicious watermelon for dinner.
Help! I still have 3/4 of a bunch of broccoli rabe in the fridge. What do I do with it besides hold my nose and drink it down??? LOL
emoticon you all for all the help you have given me.
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Ruthie emoticon

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PRIMALMICHAEL 8/24/2010 2:47PM

    For some reason I have been thinking about working smoothies into my diet, then I happen upon a Spark article about them, then your blog catches my eye. I think it time for me to do it. That's it. Today I make a smoothie.
Thanks for the info!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 8/24/2010 2:18PM

    I could maybe eat bark... but no way am I eating insects on purpose! LOL Love smoothies though! Thanks for sharing. Glad that you seem to be feeling better. Interesting info on the chimps! Love ya, Dawn

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 8/24/2010 1:29PM

    I love smoothies too. The choices are endless.

I have to laugh when I made a green smoothie when a friend was visiting she thought I was crazy to drink something green! She wouldn't even try it......well, it was her loss. It was delicious and nutritious! :)

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DARKTHOR 8/24/2010 12:18PM

    I had my green smoothie this morning, like every morning. People do not know what they are missing! They are inexpensive, simple to prepare, delicious and fantastically healthy. Kids love them!!!!! Ask my 12 year-old. Go Green Smoothie Day!!!

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LOOZINITNOW 8/24/2010 11:45AM

    I love my smoothies!!!!

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JOANN1212 8/24/2010 11:39AM

    great blog, thanks

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