Drink Your Greens!
In her book, Green Smoothie Revolution (North Atlantic Books, 2010), Victoria Boutenko describes her journey to an all-raw diet, and how in the process she discovered deliciously palatable smoothies made from lots of leafy greens.
Of Boutenko's many wise suggestions, I especially like her recommendation to make smoothies delicious so that you will continue to drink them daily. Boutenko loves leafy greens because they are so nutrient-dense and have little starch compared with other vegetables.
Here are a few tips for getting the best benefits from your smoothie:
- To expose your body to a greater variety of nutrients and to avoid developing any intolerances, rotate your greens every week.
- If reducing toxins
matters to you, whenever possible use organic produce.
- Drink them by themselves for the first meal of the day so that they can be easily digested.
- When you drink, drink slowly, mixing each sip with saliva.
Jane's Great Green Breakfast Smoothie
Here is my own recipe. I use a high-performance blender, blending on "High" for 1˝ to 2 minutes to achieve a smooth texture.
- 2 cups filtered water
- 6 to 10 leaves lacinato kale
- 1 large handful spinach
- 1 apple
- 1 banana
- ˝ to 1 peeled lime
- 1 to 4 pitted dates
- A few drops stevia (a natural sweetener)
- 1 cup berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)
- 1 inch piece of fresh ginger root (optional)
This makes about 45 to 50 ounces.
Tip: I vary the types of kale and even have tried turnip greens--though those were quite strong! I sometimes put in a pear instead of an apple, and often omit the banana. You can also experiment with adding other healthy ingredients such as coconut oil, avocado, ground flax seeds, or chia seeds.