A green smoothie a day keeps the doctor away
Several years ago I bought the book ‘The Beauty Detox Solution‘ in which the author, Kimberly Snyder CN, recommends drinking at least one green smoothie per day for optimal health. I gave it a try and fell in love with how much energy and clear thinking it gave me for the rest of my day (less 3 pm brain fog and sleepiness!).
These days I drink a big green smoothie for lunch at least 3-4 times a week (life permitting) and like to experiment with different nutritional supplements and clean, grain/dairy-free protein powders.
Read on for a basic green smoothie how-to and a list of nutrition packed superfood add-ins to up your smoothie game!
Your basic green smoothie recipe
Greens (2-3 cups)
This is the foundation of your green smoothie and what makes it so nutritionally powerful, especially if you choose not to add supplements. My favorites are spinach and romaine as they add little to no extra flavor (or bitterness!), but any green leafy vegetable will do: kale, chard, dandelion (great for liver detoxification!), beet greens and many more.
Fruit (1 cup)
Berries, bananas, mango and pineapple work particularly well for a creating a creamy, sweet smoothie. If you’re trying to cut down on your overall sugar consumption, berries are your best bet.
Other high water veggies (1/2 a cup)
Such as celery or cucumber (optional). Smoothies are such an easy, quick way to get maximum nutrition in one simple meal. Get creative and load ’em up!
I don’t always have herbs on hand, but when I do, cilantro and parsley are my favorites. Both are excellent at helping your body to rid itself of heavy metals and other toxins.
Optional. If it’s not sweet enough for you add liquid stevia, raw honey or grade B maple syrup, but avoid simple white sugars such as table sugar, agave or lower quality maple syrup or honey. You don’t want to derail all your efforts in creating a healthy meal here!
Water, milk, or coconut/almond milk
I’m lactose intolerant, so I prefer water or dairy-free milk. My kids love how creamy raw milk makes their smoothies.
It’s a good idea to alternate which greens, fruits and other veggies you use and not eat any one type exclusively for too long.
A few of my favorite supplements for the ultimate daily green smoothie
Powdered collagen can help the production of this important protein in our bodies, which declines as we age (hello wrinkles – yay). Collagen powder improves skin elasticity and joint health, soothes the lining of the gut, boosts metabolism, muscle mass, and energy, improves liver health, and strengthens nails, hair, and teeth. (I always notice an improvement in the glow of my skin after using collagen for a few weeks!)
A type of cruciferous vegetable native to the Andes and Peru, Maca is considered an “adaptogen.” It’s rich in antioxidants, enhances energy, mood, and memory, improves female sexual health, balances estrogen levels, and can boost male fertility.
Moringa is a tropical plant native to parts of Africa and Asia. An excellent source of protein, vitamin A, potassium, calcium, and vitamin c, it has also been shown to provide antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, balance hormones and slow the effects of aging, help improve digestive health, balance blood sugar levels, protect and nourish the skin, help stabilize mood and protect brain health.
Chia seeds are rich in fiber, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Consuming chia seeds regularly may benefit skin health and digestion, prevent free radical damage helping to slow the signs of aging, lower blood pressure, boost energy and metabolism, help strengthen bones and build muscle.
SHOP THE POST!
Below are superfood supplement brands I personally use and recommend:
And viola! One nutritional powerhouse of a green smoothie recipe to fuel me through those long afternoons where I would otherwise be face down on my keyboard drooling.
Smoothie on, Wayne!
I’d love to hear from you! Do you have any favorite smoothie recipe or an amazing supplement you use?
Hi! I’m Liane, mindset coach and holistic nutritionist in training. I have a passion for all things natural, healthy and holistic. My aim is to inspire you on your healthy living journey by sharing simple, everyday holistic habits that can transform your well-being and life.