Jan 092008

green-smoothieDrink a pint of green smoothie each day for a month and see what happens to your health…

What is a green smoothie?

A green smoothie is a raw smoothie (a thick, blended drink) which is green in colour. The green comes from green leaves and vegetables, such as spinach, lettuce, parsley, or celery.

You start by making a fruit smoothie, and then add some greens.

How will green smoothies help my health?

Here are some of the many benefits of green smoothies:

  • more energy
  • more regular and frequent bowel movements
  • less craving for unhealthy foods
  • more desire for health-giving raw foods
  • clearer skin and sparkling eyes
  • helps you achieve your optimum weight
  • decreases many symptoms of dis-ease
  • a delicious food, you’ll want more of!

Why ‘green’ smoothies?


  • Greens contain an abundant supply of vitamins and minerals. Blending the greens breaks down the tough cellulose cell walls to release these nutrients far more effectively than celerychewing, so you receive more nutrients.
  • Surprisingly, greens are rich in essential amino acids, the building blocks of protein.parsley
  • Greens help make the blood alkaline, thus diminishing the  many symptoms of an over-acid body.

How do I make a green smoothie?

When shopping, stock up on:

1. Your favourite fruitsspread-of-fruit-and-greens
eg banana, mango, kiwi, apple, pear, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, pineapple, oranges, melon ….

2. Greens, particularly leafy ones
eg baby spinach, kale, swiss chard, lettuce (romaine is good), rocket, parsley, celery, watercress, avocado ….

Organic produce has more nutrients, and fewer toxic pesticides, so it’s good to buy organic when you can. Be sure to use ripe fruit.

The best smoothies are simple; using 2-3 raw or frozen fruits and 1-2 fresh greens.

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  1. Coarsely chop a banana/mango, an apple, and a kiwi
  2. Place the chopped fruit in the blender.
  3. Add some water up to a third of the  level of the fruit (more if you prefer a ‘thin’ smoothie).
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. A little at a time, add up to a handful of baby spinach, and perhaps a celery stick.
  6. Blend.
  7. Taste, and add another fruit or green if you think it’s needed.

You will find yourself adding progressively more greens as you get used to the added ‘green-ness’.

You may need to stop and push the greens down if they don’t get caught up in the blender. If it’s still not blending, add a little more water.


I often use mango, banana or avocado as the base, to give mygreen-smoothie smoothie the thickness I like.

Play with your ingredients, and create your own unique, yummy, green smoothies!

Tips for using green smoothies

You can keep your green smoothie in the fridge for up to 3 days.

You can take your smoothie out with you in a bottle, just as you would a bottle of water.

I recommend having your green smoothie at the start of a meal, and then eating what you would normally eat.

The Delicious Nugget: A green smoothie is a delicious, nutritious, easy-to-make, food (or drink), with surprising health benefits. Simply blend 2-3 fruits with 1-2 leafy greens and water. Enjoy!

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  4 Responses to “The Green Smoothie Challenge!”

  1. I have tried once and create a lot of gas in my tummy. Anything I can do remove this gas.

    • Titi, if you eat more complex foods before your green smoothie the complex foods take longer to digest, so the smoothie gets held up and can cause gas.

      I have my green smoothie first thing in the morning, before anything else, so I would give that a try. If you still get gas, then start with a smaller amount of greens, and build up as your system gets used to them.

      Hope this helps, do let me know how you get on.

      • Just got your message today when I go to the green smoothie food items. Am I going to drink three times a day or once a day? Pls replay to me with my E-mail address. Thank you for your help.

        • Titi, I suggest you start with one green smoothie a day, and first thing is a good time. If it’s too much to drink at once, you can save some for later in the day.

          I’ve improved my system, so, if you click the link beleow the submit button to Manage The subscription, you’ll get an email when I reply!

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