Yes, green smoothies can taste better than they look

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Why Bother With Green Smoothies?

Yes, I know. Ugh, green smoothies? They’ve been around forever, but there’s a reason why. They can truly reinvigorate a tired and listless body. I know because I was there many years ago. I had let myself add an extra one-hundred pounds, and I was miserable.

Then I finally took a look in the mirror and realized how unhappy I was and then taking one step at a time, I slowly began eating better. Rather than rush into it and then stop, I took it slow and then finally got myself into juicing. I used to think it was too expensive and too much work, but after experimenting, I realized that many of these juices taste amazing. You can make the same type of thing you find at Jamba Juice for just a fraction of the price which is just another plus!

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You see them everywhere these days, juice and smoothie bars and retail outlets going by names like Jamba Juice, Smoothie King and Tropical Smoothie Café. They sell blended fruit and vegetable drinks that are usually chilled, and could contain a wide variety of ingredients such as honey, syrup, sugar, milk or yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese and protein powders. These smoothie and juice joints exploded in popularity in the 1990s, though health food stores on the western coast in the US began selling smoothies way back in the 1930s.

That was when the electric blender debuted in the United States. Ice cream vendors and health stores began selling smoothies that usually added ice, dairy products and some type of sweetener to a fruit or fruits. Vegetables were sometimes used, but were not the primary ingredient. Right after retail smoothie and juice stores came into vogue at the end of the 20th century, green smoothies started to become very popular. They predominantly focus on leafy green vegetables such as kale, collard greens, celery and spinach, and are a great way to get your daily ration of healthy vegetables into your body.

When Australian businessman Joe Cross began preaching the health properties of juicing leafy green vegetables in 2005, the groundwork had already been laid for a juicing and smoothie explosion. Cross drank nothing but juices that were 80% vegetables and 20% fruit and ate nothing for 60 days. In that time, he lost 82 pounds and beat an autoimmune condition his doctors said he would have for the rest of his life.

He released a film of his juicing journey, titled Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. He made the movie available free of charge online at his website, as well as video sharing sites like YouTube. Seemingly overnight, everyone was making juices with leafy green vegetables for health reasons, with some people reporting truly miraculous physical transformations. You can check out his book by clicking here. The link to his free film is just above.

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The Health Benefits of Green Smoothies

The benefits of drinking green smoothies are numerous. The vegetables and fruits that give green smoothies their fresh, emerald hue are extremely high in nutrients, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. They provide a long list of benefits and can improve both your mental and physical health. Kale is a popular leafy green in smoothies that offers the following health advantages.

  • High in fiber, low in calories and has zero fat – Kale delivers up only 36 calories in a 1 cup serving. That serving size also packs a healthy 5 grams of dietary fiber and zero fat.
  • Helps digestion and elimination – The fiber in kale promotes healthy digestion and helps keep you “regular.”
  • Absolutely packed with vitamins and nutrients – Kale delivers significant amounts of magnesium, folate, iron, vitamins A, C and K, and delivers more calcium than milk per calorie.
  • Fights cancer – The antioxidants, carotenoids and flavonoids present in high levels in kale help protect you against developing various cancers.
  • Boosts bone health – Eating kale (or drinking a smoothie with kale in it) delivers the vitamin K mentioned earlier. Vitamin K is essential for optimal bone health, as well as blood clotting.
  • Fights inflammation – This versatile and powerful health booster boasts excellent anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is often the starting point for multiple chronic diseases and illnesses.
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  • Improved brain function – A diet rich in kale has been linked to better memory and a lowered risk of developing neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.
  • A wonderful detoxing agent – Kale helps your liver filter out dangerous toxins and poisons, removing them from the foods you eat and the liquids you drink, so they can be eliminated.
  • Boosts healthy circulation – The iron in kale ensures that high levels of oxygen are transported to the various parts of your body that need it.
  • All of the healthy nutrients and minerals in kale also boost your overall immune system, help your cells grow properly, assist in the formation of enzymes and hemoglobin, lower your cholesterol, and fight asthma, arthritis and autoimmune disorders.
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Look at those amazing rewards for getting kale into your body.

Now imagine how supercharged your health and vitality is when you combine that leafy green with other healthy vitamins and fruits commonly used to make a green smoothie. You can literally handpick your smoothie ingredients to provide any type of health boost you need, from stronger, shinier hair and younger looking skin, to improved memory, no joint pain and total heart health.

Later on in this article, we will reveal the best vegetables to use in your green smoothie. We will also list the health properties each of those vegetables provide, so you can cater your green smoothie experience to deliver exactly the healthy rewards you are looking for. Right now though, let’s take a look at the reasons for choosing predominantly green vegetables over fruits the next time you make a smoothie.

So Why Choose Smoothies with Greens Over Fruits?

There is absolutely nothing wrong with putting fruits in your smoothies. The average person these days doesn’t get enough vegetables and fruits in their diet. Any time you choose fresh produce over processed food, junk food, sugar, salt, refined flour and other unhealthy food items and ingredients, you are doing yourself and your health a huge favor.

Sometimes though, people report weight gain after they start to drink lots of smoothies that are predominantly fruit-based. This happens for a very logical reason. If someone is trying to impact their health in a positive way by adding lots of healthy fruit to their smoothies, they have to be careful about their calorie and carbohydrate intake.

Vegetables have much fewer calories and carbohydrates per ounce than fruit does. If you choose predominantly fruits instead of vegetables for your smoothies, there is a possibility of weight gain because of this reason. Many fruits also have levels of natural sugar that are much, much higher than the typical vegetable. Most vegetables have little to no natural sugar.

You probably know what happens when the human body takes on too much sugar. It gets fat. So one very good reason to choose smoothies with mostly leafy greens over smoothies with too many fruits in them is to keep from gaining weight. A lot of people adopt a “1 smoothie a day” policy for the purpose of losing weight, they eat too many fruits, and they wind up gaining weight instead.

You may be wondering, “If green vegetables are so healthy, why can’t I just eat them instead of putting them in my smoothie?” That is a great question, so let’s answer that right now.

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Is Drinking Green Smoothies Better Than Eating All Those Greens?

Joe Cross has a smoothie recipe called Joe’s Mean Green Smoothie. It contains the following ingredients.

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  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 2 apples
  • 6-8 leaves kale
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. ginger
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 cup (250 ml) almond milk

When was the last time you ate an entire cucumber, 4 stalks of celery, 2 whole green apples, a large bowl of kale leaves, a half of a lemon and a banana? Those ingredients combined with a cup of almond milk to make just 1 smoothie! If you drink 2 or 3 smoothies a day, double or triple that list of produce.

This brings up why it is so much smarter to drink green smoothies than trying to eat all those vegetables and fruits instead… you simply cannot eat, digest and consume the number of fruits and vegetables that go into making 1 or more smoothies on a regular basis.

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Those foods, like the kale we mentioned earlier, that go into your smoothies are packed with nutrition. They are virtually bursting at the seams with health and well-being. Since it is very difficult, or impossible, to eat the same number of healthy fruits and vegetables that make up a green smoothie on a day-to-day basis, choosing a refreshing, chilled smoothie is the perfect vehicle for receiving all the health benefits those foods offer.

There is another very good reason to choose drinking your greens rather than eating them.

When you render healthy fruits and vegetables into liquid form, your digestive process is very quick. Because of the high amounts of densely packed fiber in physical fruits and vegetables, it takes a while for your body to digest them properly. When you add the ingredients of your smoothie into your blender, that blender is acting as a digestive aid. It is breaking down those foods for you, so access to the minerals, nutrients, vitamins and other healthy components in your fruits and vegetables are absorbed by your body much quicker.

This is why you can often times feel a surge of vitality and healthy energy only minutes after drinking a green smoothie. Your body begins to assimilate all of the health-boosting properties of your smoothie ingredients immediately. Finally, another reason to juice your greens rather than eating them is to save time. When you are in a rush, you can make a healthy smoothie and literally a couple of minutes. That beats the prep time eating time and cleanup time that can sometimes be extensive when you are cooking your greens rather than using them to make a smoothie.

The Basic Green Smoothie Formula

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This 5-Ingredient Blueberry Zucchini Smoothie is a Creamy, Low-Sugar Superstar

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Smoothies will (hopefully) never go out of style, but what goes in them will. These days, the smoothie ingredient du jour isn’t an unpronounceable herbal powder, exotic fruit, or Amazonian super berry – it’s a humble vegetable that can be found in the grocery store year round. Here’s how to game change your smoothie with this five-ingredient (and low-sugar) blueberry, coconut, and zucchini recipe.

Yes, zucchini.

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Secret Smoothie Star: Zucchini

Known to grow like weeds in the summertime, zucchini is a type of summer squash with impressive nutrient properties. These vegetables, also known as courgettes, are low in calories and glycemic value, yet high in fiber and water content.

They’re also bursting with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals including B vitamins like folate, vitamin C, potassium, manganese, and phosphorus.

The trick to using zucchini in smoothies is to first cut and freeze the vegetable. Although there are a million and one uses for fresh zucchini, frozen zucchini is ideal in creating thick smoothies filled with substance.

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Zucchini Smoothie Ingredients

Unlike using frozen bananas to thicken a smoothie, frozen zucchini works like magic to provide delicious and creamy texture once blended. If you are looking for a smoothie lower in sugar, or simply cannot tolerate bananas, adding frozen zucchini should be…

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Try This Coconut Oil Detoxifying Green Smoothie For Glowing Skin

Spring is almost here. Along with the warmer weather and greener landscape comes a shift in our diets, where we begin to crave lighter and brighter foods. We replace our warming soups and stews with cooling and detoxifying juices, smoothies, and salads. While whole and natural raw produce is one of best sources of unadulterated nutrients, there is still one important nutrient that is lacking in most green smoothies. Without it, it’s much harder for the body to absorb and utilize the potent nutrition inherent in most of our juice and smoothie ingredients. It’s also essential for glowing skin.

The missing ingredient? Fats! Essential vitamins, such as A, D, E, and K, for example, are fat-soluble, meaning fats are necessary during digestion for the body to absorb them properly. An…

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Morning Vanilla Almond Smoothie

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What You Should Know About Smoothie Ingredients

Smoothies have been around for decades and are touted as health beverages. They are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  This versatile beverage allows everything to be added with standard ingredients such as fruits and vegetables, water, sweeteners, dairy products and crushed ice as the most common ones. When blended together, these elements make a smooth tasty beverage laden with essential vitamins and minerals in addition to powerful antioxidants that may prevent certain diseases.

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Fruits

Fruits on their own can be made into fruit smoothies and are sources of important vitamins such as A, B1, B2, B6, C and folate found in grapefruit, grapes, bananas or apples. They only vary in the amounts of vitamins found in each fruit with some values greater or lesser in others.  

Vegetables

One of the most popular beverages promoted as a health drink is a green smoothie. In addition to fruits, roughly 40 to 50% of the ingredients are composed of veggies rich in vitamins and minerals. As an example, leafy and dark vegetables (kale, spinach, dandelion, bok choy, Swiss chards, and collards) are fantastic sources of calcium and iron as well as vitamins A, C, K and folate B vitamin.

Liquids Base

Water, coconut water & milk, milk, yogurt, almond milk, and juices are used as a foundation base for smoothies. Your choice of liquids can enrich the flavors, taste, and consistency of a smoothie you are making. However, be aware that juices and liquids that are store-bought have been processed, underwent pasteurization and often include artificial vitamins. They lack nutrients and fiber that benefit you when ingesting smoothies.

Superfoods

The proliferation of superfoods has recently exploded with every conceivable nut, berry or vegetable praised for its health benefits. The sad news is there is no conclusive evidence suggesting that the antioxidant action of superfoods can benefit human health. Processed superfoods, in particular, will not provide sustained energy and are often hard to digest. More info can be found here.

Fats and Oils

In addition to the discussed ingredients of smoothies, spices and fats can be added to smoothies to enhance its taste. You might want to throw in cacao, cinnamon, chia seeds, coconut oil, almond butter, flax seeds, hemp seeds and acai powder. Again, caution should be exercised when consuming additional fats in smoothies.

The bottom line is, smoothies are wonderful beverages that can actually help you get your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals provided you only use fresh and raw ingredients. In this sense, every unprocessed food is a superfood that is a valuable part of a healthy diet.

Thirsty Thursday: Coconut-Kale Smoothie

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Elle Macpherson launches Kids Super Supplement, a protein powder aimed at children

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MODEL Elle Macpherson has launched a protein powder aimed at children who are fussy eaters.

The protein powder is marketed as “the healthy chocolate drink” because it contains cacao and cocoa powder and is designed to be blended into smoothies.

“If your child matches one or more of these traits — fussy eater, poor concentration, sweet tooth or always sick — our clean hormone free, organic plant protein would be beneficial for their growing body,” the product description reads.

The protein powder is sold online.

Macpherson’s 13-year-old son Cy stars alongside his mother in the newspaper and social media ad campaigns for the product. The WelleCo website also features Cy’s “serving suggestions” for how he likes to consume the protein powder.

“Cy is 13 years old with a fast metabolism, often running on low blood sugar. I needed a nutritional solution for him,” the newspaper ad states, alongside an image of Cy and Macpherson embracing.

“This is a rich source of plant-based protein to give our kids the nutrients they need to grow, develop and concentrate at school,” Macpherson, 52, told

“Cy has been on our testing panel and he is quite a picky eater so the fact he absolutely loves it is a great start.”

Macpherson has included her son Cy in the marketing of the product.

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“The healthy chocolate drink”.
An ad for Kids Super Supplement.

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Megan May From Little Bird Unbakery Chats Health, Food, & Her New Range Of Smoothies

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Last week we headed over to Little Bird to try out their new range of healthy coffees and new range of superfood smoothies. The Unbakeries quickly found success after the first one in Ponsonby earned an award for being one of the 2012 top 10 cafes in Auckland by Metro only 6 weeks after they opened. They’ve opened another two Unbakeries since then, one in Kingsland, and the other on Customs Street.

Afterwards I got a chance to talk to the mastermind behind Little Bird Megan May, about these new super healthy drinks. She let me in on how she goes about creating these masterpieces and what her favourites are.

You’ve introduced so many super smoothies! Which would you recommend for a first timer as a gateway smoothie and why?

I wanted to create a smoothie menu that not only tasted amazing, but made you feel incredible too. Like everything at little bird it was about introducing people to new ingredients that they wouldn’t otherwise have heard of, or thought of putting in a smoothie – like basil, foraged wild greens, cauliflower or cordyceps to name a few. The idea is to introduce them to these incredible superfoods and their benefits, while showcasing how delicious the smoothies can still be!

For a first time superfood smoothie I would recommend the Cacao Superfoods. It’s a great one because it’s incredibly satisfying and tastes just like a delicious thick chocolate milk, but has plenty of hidden superfoods. If you wanted to be a little more adventurous and try something green, the Creamy Wild Weeds is a great place to start. It’s incredibly creamy and delicious, while cleansing at the same time – even kids love it!

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What’s your personal favourite? Do you have a go to depending on the time of day or how you are feeling?

Gosh, they’re all favourites depending on what mood I’m in, or what I feel like I need that day. The great thing about our new menu is you can pick a smoothie based on a need, rather than solely on flavour. If you’ve had a big night and feel as though you need a little cleansing and liver loving the Detoxifying Green or Creamy Wild Weeds are perfect, or if you’ve got a bit of a sore tummy and need an immunity boost, the Turmeric Citrus Colada or Berries & Fairies would be my picks.

One smoothie I do have every single day though is the Detoxifying Green. Its important to eat and drink lots of naturally cleansing foods each day to help our bodies deal with the excessive amount of toxins in our everyday environment, and so I’ve created this smoothie using grapefruit, lemon, kale, fennel, parsley, coriander, ginger, turmeric and chlorella – it really is a one stop detoxifying smoothie aimed at helping your body’s detoxifying pathways.

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I Made These 3 Changes at Dinner and Started Losing Weight

Not sure why this happened every day, but admittedly, it did. I ate healthy most of the day, with my green protein smoothies for breakfast, perfectly packed mason jar salads for lunch, and fresh fruit and nuts for snacks. I felt like my diet up until 5 p.m. belonged on a frickin’ Pinterest board. But for some reason, as soon as I came to that last meal of the day, I just let loose. Which made my pants fit not so loose. It was time to make some changes, and these four adjustments helped me get back on track and lose the weight I had gained from enjoying my supersize free-for-all suppers.

You Eat What You Get

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Morning Habits You Can Adopt From Celebrity Trainer Tracy Anderson

Not a morning person? Need a change in your morning workout routine? Our friends at Shape share their story.

Tracy Anderson is famous for sculpting the bodies of A-list stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and J.Lo, so we’re always interested in gleaning her insight. As part of a partnership with Tropicana to kick off the brand’s “Morning Spark” positivity campaign, we spoke to Tracy about how she gets her morning started. Here, her tips that you can adopt, too — even if you hate mornings. (Here’s how to learn to love your morning workout — once and for all.)

On actually waking up: “I build in the permission of snoozing so I always set my alarm 15 minutes before I actually have to get up — which is usually around 6:30 or 7 – so that I can hit the snooze button. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to be a snooze button person. What if you’re in the middle of a great dream? If you do what I do and set your alarm with the ability to hit snooze it’s a nice way to ease into waking up.”

Her morning mantra: “‘Trust that I’ve got myself.’ When I was younger, I used to wake up in more fear than I wake up with now. And any worry, fear, or self-esteem block really dim that ‘morning spark.’ It’s important to wake up confident and assured with yourself.”

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