Are we the only ones who have noticed this relatively new fad of the green smoothie? People seem to be consuming these funky-coloured beverages left right and centre these days, so we decided to have a good look into what they’re really about.
What’s in them?
The term “green smoothie” seems to be a blanket term concerning any form of blended drink that contains leafy greens. These include lettuce, spinach, kale, celery, silver beet and parsley. Others also include green grapes, Granny Smith Apples; and, if you want to get really technical, you can include spirulina tablets, which are a green dietary supplement sourced from cytobacteria with buckets of nutritional benefits.
What’s beneficial about them?
The thing about leafy greens is that they are jam-packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants, if you didn’t know, are compounds that neutralise chemicals in the human body called free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules in the body that can degrade and even destroy some of the body’s tissues, such as skin and joint surfaces, through oxidation (hence anti-oxidant) if they are in circulation for too long. Therefore, consuming lots of these handy little guys means that we protect our body from harmful molecules such as these. And, surprise-surprise, antioxidants are found in green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, parsley, capsicum, thyme and oregano.
Green vegetables are also renowned for containing a non-dairy form of calcium, vitamin C and magnesium. This means strong bones, a good immune system and just general great and wonderful things, thanks to our mate magnesium. Greens such as kale contain stacks of calcium, whilst broccoli gives us 148% the vitamin C we need in our day in just 100g of the stuff.
Finally, leafy green vegetables include a lot of fibre. I’m sure you all know that fibre is the stuff that helps all the, uh, mechanics in our gut work swiftly and smoothly. Fibre also makes you feel fuller for longer, meaning that it makes it a lot easier to stick to meal plans and not crave little snacks in between meals.
So, according to my calculations, adding green into your smoothie can be a recipe for success! Verdict seems to be that by blending these magical little vegetables into a consumable mush with all your other fruits and veggies, you can consume a great deal of your daily requirements of vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants and fibre easily and quickly.
Will drinking green smoothies make me lose weight?
Ha, no. If there was some form of magic potion that, when drunk, magically removes centimetres from our hips and thighs, we would be well and truly onto that stuff. You should by no means replace any of your meals with one of these- but utilise them for their nutritional benefits and know that you’re doing your body good by consuming them. Green smoothies, like most other healthy foods and drinks, should be considered as a tool for your healthy eating and fitness program, which will eventually lead to success in the areas that you want it. They give you a great amount of vitamins and nutrients that make your body work better and more efficiently in all areas – and it’s therefore up to you to work your body hard until you see the results you want.
Finally, a quick recipe!
For those of us who consider our greens to be not-the-tastiest dietary requirement, here is the money maker: the reason people drink them in smoothies is to drown out that not-so-pleasant plant-like taste, and camouflage it with other delicious healthy goodies, whilst still reaping the nutritional benefits. Have a go at whipping up this delicious gold mine of nutrients, vitamins and minerals that will leave you feeling ripe and ready to go!
THE “GOING GREEN” SMOOTHIE
Makes: 1.5-2 Litres
- 1-2 handfuls green seedless grapes
- 1 orange (peeled)
- 2 slices sweet pineapple (with core)
- 1 banana (peeled)
- 1 whole apple (quartered)
- 1-2 handfuls spinach leaves
- 1-2 cups ice cubes
- Put all the ingredients into a blender in the order listed and secure the lid.
- Blend the ingredients slowly at first, and then gradually increase the speed until a thick, smooth consistency is reached. Usually about 60-90 seconds. Add water to thin if needed.
- Drink up, ladies!
Freezing your smoothie
Don’t have time to make a smoothie everyday? Washing the blender and organising fresh ingredients can sometimes be problematic so why not freeze it?
Before adding ice, poor the smoothie into a muffin tin, preferably the new silicone ones,
Sourced from http://www.rawblend.com.au/green-smoothies.html (27/2/2014)