Today marks the first day of the 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge with Simple Green Smoothies! I’m looking forward to 30 days of deliciousness, and I’m going to try and share most of the smoothies on this blog.
So, why green smoothies?
1.) I have to admit, I’m
a little bit of a juice and smoothie snob. Unless it’s fresh squeezed, I probably won’t drink it. This isn’t because I don’t enjoy them, but because there is a lot of refined sugar added to most bottled/packaged juice. Yes, this includes Tropicana, Naked Juice, and Jamba Juice. It is much better to buy a couple oranges and juice them at home- I’ve begun to juice my own grapefruits by hand at home, and the result is always amazing and a good reward for all the squeezing it requires. Juice, however, contains minimal fibre, which helps to slow the breakdown of sugar and sugar imbalances in the bloodstream. Don’t want a sugar crash? Make a smoothie with fibre, protein, and healthy fats.
2.) Green smoothies are more nutrient dense: they’re a great way to get a portion of veggies in, and because the ingredients are already broken down by a blender, your body doesn’t have to work as hard to digest and absorb these nutrients.
3.) They’re great for busy people. If you’re on the go and need a quick meal, or if, like me, you are stuck on the library floor that doesn’t allow food, green smoothies are perfect. Add a little protein by adding nut butter, plant-based protein powder, or by sprinkling hemp and chia seeds on your smoothie.
4.) The more leafy greens you add in your juice, the higher the chlorophyll content. What does this mean? According to Lauren from The Holy Kale, the similar molecular composition of chlorophyll to human blood means that green juices “act as “mini-transfusions” for the blood, and tonics for the brain and immune system.” They also help to balance the body’s pH levels and detox by removing waste from the bloodstream.
5.) Green smoothies help you stay hydrated. This is also a great reason for drinking them in the morning: after a long and hopefully good night’s sleep, your body will probably be quite dehydrated when you wake up. I certainly feel dehydrated when I wake up! After drinking some warm water with lemon, I make a green smoothie to help my body with the rehydration process.
Those are just a few tips to help inspire you to get started! Now, onto the smoothie…
(If you are on a budget, frozen fruit is great for smoothies as long as there are no artificial sweeteners! I would recommend using fresh leafy greens. All preferably organic.)
Today’s superfood add-ins were maca and lucuma.
Maca is great for balancing hormones, and is high in B, C, and E vitamins, iron, calcium, and zinc. Yellow maca is most commonly sold in health food stores, but I only just found out the other day that, for the best results, women should opt for red maca while men should look for black maca.
Lucuma, on the other hand, is a low GI index natural sweetener that also serves as a good source of potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
For an extra oomph of protein, I always top my smoothies with chia seeds and hemp seeds.
Blueberry & Mango Green Smoothie
*makes two servings
2 cups mangoes
2 cups blueberries
2 cups spinach
1 cup almond milk
1 cup water
1 teaspoon maca
1 teaspoon lucuma
chia seeds, to garnish
hemp seeds, to garnish
Toss the ingredients in the blender, and blend. And that’s it!
Wishing you much love and happy blending,