Dr. Wendy has been putting her patients on green smoothies for years.  There  has been a big rise in the popularity of drinking green juices & smoothies lately and a lot of people are confused about what is good, what is not and how to make them.  Whether its Kris Carr and Crazy Sexy Cancer or Joe Cross and Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, it seems green drinks are everywhere these days.

Dark leafy greens such as Mustard, Turnip and collard greens, Kale, Swiss Chard and Watercress are leaders of the the pack with an extensive range of micronutrients, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidant capacities. Most people are familiar with only iceberg lettuce, or romaine, but there are many that are widely available that can be used.

A few examples:

  • Arugula
  • Beet Greens
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli Rabe
  • Chard
  • Chicory              
  • Kale
  • Mustard Greens
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Romaine
  • Kale

Iceberg lettuce has the least amount of nutrient value, so it is best to avoid using that in your smoothie. Conversely, be sure to mix up your greens on a regular basis and do not consistently use spinach, chard and beet green because these are high in oxalic acid, which can cause problems for your body.

If you would like to use broccoli but worry about a strong flavor, add it while the broccoli is frozen and consume it as soon as you finish blending.  If you are going to do a sweet smoothie, use a neutral tasting green, such as romaine, spinach or kale.  If  you would like to use a stronger tasting green, such as arugula you may enjoy a savory smoothie instead.  Arugula has a peppery flavor and mixes well with tomato, green pepper, parsley onion and garlic.  Remember, on the stronger tasting additives, a little goes a long way!

Don’t be afraid to experiment using spices and seasonings you might use in cooking and baking.  For example sweet potatoes and carrots mixed with some pumpkin pie spice and a touch of raw local honey will add a nice fall flavor to your smoothie.

Be sure to check out our first ever Green Smoothie Video here!

Have a blessed and healthy day!

Tamara Walden-Hayes

 

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