So here we are in February, and how are we all doing with our new years healthy eating resolutions, did they last the month or fall at the first hurdle. One change I wanted to make this year was was to try to ensure that we all have green smoothies at least 2-3 times per week. Daily would be the ideal but I know that it just wont work so I set a more achievable goal and one which has so far been pretty easy to keep to.
As nutritionist I know just how important leafy green vegetables are to our diets. Green smoothies offer pure nutrition. The amount of vitamins you’ll get of course depends on the fruits and vegetables you choose but most fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins A and C. Dark leafy veggies such as spinach also contain good levels of magnesium, magnesium is such an essential mineral, required for energy and growth as well as helping to maintain a healthy nervous system. Many children and adults lack this essential mineral but and easy way to get magnesium into your diet is by regular consumption of green smoothies.
OK so lets start with the basics, a smoothie isn’t the same as a juice, when you juice fruits and vegetables you remove the fibre. Green smoothies are much healthier than fruit or vegetable juices as smoothies are made using the whole fruit/vegetable, so you get all the fibre in your drink. They are quick and easy to make with the only equipment required a blender.
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 large handful of spinach
- 1 glass of fresh orange juice
- 2 tsp green powder such as wheat grass/spirulina (optional)
- place all ingredients into a blender, blend until smooth