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Drink to your health

Posted April 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

Before you dismiss the idea of drinking your veggies, you really ought to give it a shot!  Not only is drinking a green smoothie the quickest, easiest way to obtain incredible health results, but when you use the right ratio of fruit to veggies, they taste amazing, too.  Just by adding one veggie infused smoothie to your diet every day will start to bring about amazing positive change in the body. When the body gets the foods it needs, it can heal itself. Green smoothies are fast and extremely easy to make.  From start to finish, it takes less than 10 minutes, and that includes cleaning up!  Consider a small, “Magic Bullet” style blender for less clean up.  Green smoothies, as opposed to juices, are a complete food because they still contain fiber. To get the best flavor use the 60:40 ratio of fruits to veggies.  This ideal ratio allows the fruit to dominate the flavor, while the green vegetables balance out the sweetness, adding nice zest to it.  Here is a great basic green smoothie recipe that even makes for a great breakfast.

Basic Green Smoothie Recipe

Soak the nuts and dried fruit ahead of time to rehydrate and release the beneficial digestive enzymes.  Tear up the greens into 2-inch pieces, add all ingredients and water and blend until smooth.  You can throw in a few ice cubes for a thicker, colder smoothie, although they are just as good without.  Use fruits, greens and nuts of your preference but don’t use the same ones every day.  You get a more balanced nutrition if you change it up, and that keeps things interesting.

2-3 cups chopped leafy green vegetables (spinach, kale, collards, chard)

1 banana

1 apple, pear, peach, or handful of berries

1/4 cup dried fruit (apricots, dates, figs), rehydrated in water

1 large handful nuts or seeds (hempseed, pumpkin seeds, cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans, etc.), pre-soaked

1-2 cups filtered water, as necessary

Give it a shot. Take the challenge, incorperate one green smoothie into your diet each day for one week and see if you feel a difference!  Don’t cheat when it comes to your health, eating your veggies is one of the best things you can do for your body.

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