I've recently been hooked on the green smoothie fever, all thanks to Victoria Boutenko and her two books "Green for life" and "Green Smoothie". Here is my own little introduction to the power juice and detox wonder:
Green smoothies typically contain at least 1 cup of water, leafy green vegetables and fruit, and often small amounts of secret power foods. The green smoothie can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner because it is so wholesome and filling. It supplies the body with everything it needs ( = energy, minerals, and water) in it's purest form. Therefore it is the perfect detox food.
How to make a green smoothie:
First of all you need a blender, but not just any blender!! You need a blender with at least 1000watts, otherwise your smoothie won't be smooth. I have a "Vitamix" but any brand should do the trick.
To get started you could find recipes in Vicoria Boutenko's books or her website, randomly on the internet or you start experimenting straightaway using my list of ingredients.
- swiss chard
- collard greens
- romaine lettuce
- carrot green
- beetroot green
- dates or agave syrup for additional sweetness
- chia seeds and psyllium seeds (rich in minerals and amino acids and for a pudding-like consistency)
- ground flaxseed (nutty flavour and creamy consistency)
- aloe vera juice
- wheatgrass juice
- coconut water
1 bunch of swiss chards
1 cup of coconut water
1 cup of water
(On the left side of the photo with chia seeds, on the right side without).
I'd love to know which recipe is your favourite!