When I think about what began going mainstream first in the wellness revolution over the past 2-3 years, my vote would go to the green juice / smoothie. Weight-loss celebrities used them to cleanse, detox and loose huge amounts of weight. They used them as a means to reset the body, pump it full of nutrients and begin the detoxification process and with great results. Greens are the number one food group that no other can beat in bringing you back to health and meeting your nutritional requirements.
However you eat them, leafy greens are the embodiment of food as medicine. If you do nothing else, commit to eating leafy greens everyday and I’m positive amazing things will happen!
Smoothies in the morning are great, but the aim should be to spread your vegetable intake out over the day and have greens with every meal. Particularly as they are high in fibre. Too much fibre in one sitting can actually clog up your system, when really it is there to help flush you out. Juices are great too, but they lack fibre. I think both smoothies and juices are great in moderation unless you are heavily overweight. I’d recommend simply going for vegetable dense meals, perhaps taking some inspiration from some vegan recipes.
Did you know? Romain lettuce has more fibre than sirloin steak, it has double the protein, 10x the iron and 100x more calcium, but you wouldn’t know that calorie for calorie.
Here’s exactly what greens can do:
– Encourage bacteria growth
– Heal inflammation
– Improve motility
– Crowd out parasites
– Eliminate yeast
– Get rid of belly fat
– Dissolve gallstones
– Balance your PH
– Quiet down IBS
– Prevent diverticulosis & cut risk of colon cancer
– Boost energy, lose weight, banish bloat and really help you glow!
And there’s loads to choose from: kale, spinach, chard, collards, parsley, turnip greens, mustard greens, dandelion greens, beet greens, aruglia, broccoli, bok choy and all kinds of lettuce.
So be good to yourself and eat greens!
In my opinion smoothies are a great way to begin re-setting your taste buds (or at least this is my way of describing it). A large smoothie can be so filling that it can also take you right through the morning helping you to change your mid-morning junk habits.
Below are two great green smoothie recipes! One is brilliant for beginners as it is sweeter than most. Inspired by deliciously Ella, I changed the recipe slightly to suit what I had in my shopping basket and always good to have another version tried and tested. The second takes my favourite discovery from Japan and very potent ingredient Matcha green tea powder.
Beginners Green Juice Recipe:
200ml Coconut water
1 cup Koko coconut milk
1-2 tbs Organic desiccated coconut meat
Water to dilute to taste – how thin would you like the texture to be?
Matcha Green Tea Recipe:
1 Green apple
1 cup Coconut water
1 tsp Maca powder
1 tsp Organic wildflower honey
1 tsp Match green tea
Tip: Try to balance ingredients with sweet, hydrating, filling and nutrient dense. For example kale is nutrient dense and quite bitter, so put green apple and cucumber with it to lighten the load otherwise you’ll struggle at first. Add courgette to fill smoothies with fibre but less flavour. Also ginger and mint are great options to add a punch of flavour (and take that grassy taste away)!