Green smoothies and juices are a great way to get more green veggies into your diet. They’re a quick and nutritious breakfast or as a healthy snack any time of day.
I try to make a green smoothie or juice daily and usually throw whatever veggies I have on hand into the blender or juicer and don’t really care what it tastes like.
Green smoothies and juices benefit you by:
- hydrating the body
- improving your energy
- giving you a quick shot of nutrients that are easily digested
- helping eliminate toxins
- giving you several servings of fruits are vegetables at once
- helping to protect and repair your body–they’re full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
If you’re new to juicing and smoothies, it’s probably best to follow recipes at first, so you won’t get turned off by the taste when you just throw a bunch of veggies in the blender or juicer.
This green smoothie is full of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and fiber. Mix and match your vegetables, but keep fruit to a minimum.
- 8 ounces filtered water or coconut milk
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 1/2 avocado or 1 tablespoon coconut or MCT oil
- 1 bunch raw kale (or lightly steamed to be Bulletproof compliant)
- 2 stalks organic celery
- 1 organic green apple, cored and chopped
- juice of 1/2 fresh organic lemon
- 1/2 cup cilantro or parsley (optional)
Add all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
Consume your smoothie or juice away from solid food (at least 30 minutes to an hour).
I like to consume juices and smoothies within 15 minutes as the fruits and vegetables can oxidize once blended/juiced and lose their nutrient value. Some people say they can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days, though.
Chew your smoothie/juice a little bit. Even though it’s already blended, chewing helps to start the digestive process in your mouth before the food goes into your stomach.
Have fun experimenting with smoothies–you can use nut milks, different fruits, etc. If you need additional ideas, there are tons of recipes online. For healthy smoothie ideas, I like Green Smoothie Girl Robyn Openshaw’s recipes and Kriss Carr’s recipe book Crazy Sexy Juice.