A green smoothie can be a starter or a full meal. You can make a green smoothie for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
The green vegetable, such as spinach, chard, or kale, has chlorophyll, which is the “blood” of the plant. Magnesium, which is at the center of chlorophyll, makes the chlorophyll green in a similar way that iron makes blood red. Magnesium is necessary for healthy bones and a healthy heart. It is found in many metabolic processes.
- handful spinach, kale, chard, or other green leafy
- 1 lemon, lime, or grapefuit
- 1 banana (or cooked red beet)
- 1 apple (or handful pineapple, blueberries, strawberries (A), or other berries in season)
- 1 carrot
- 1-2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds or hemp seeds
- 10 drops pure stevia extract (> 90% steviosides)
- 700 milliliters carbonated (O) or flat water
- ¼ teaspoon ginger (O), cinnamon (A), or clove
- teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- Wash and then chop green leafy vegetable (so it does not clog the turrning blades of the blender), and put it in the blender.
- Peel citrus fruit, cut into quarters, and put in the blender.
- Put banana or cooked red beet in the blender.
- Remove the core from the apple, cut it into quarters, or else wash a handful of berries, and put in the blender.
- Wash, peel, and chop carrot into slices the thickness of two to three coins, and put them in the blender.
- Put nuts or seeds, stevia, water, spices, and apple cide vinegar in the blender.
- Blend on highs speed for at least two minutes.
- Pour and drink up promptly. Yum.
- one half to one teaspoon of chlorella or spirulina (for more magnesium and detox),
- one half to one teaspoon of chocolate or carob (for taste and nutrients),
- one to two drops of peppermint essential oil (for taste and digestion) or a few fresh mint leaves,
- one half teaspoon of reishi or he shou wu mushroom powder (free of heavy metals, for zinc),
- one half to one teaspoon of bee pollen or brewer's yeast (for vitamin B),
- one half to one teaspoon of vitamin C,
- one quarter teaspoon of niacin (B3),
- two to five drops of cobalamin (B12), or vitamin D (not from lanolin),
- any others to suit your taste (and blood type).
You can vary the ingredients, and the recipe could be as simple as one citrus fruit, one leafy green, an apple, nuts, and stevia.
Pure stevia extract or stevia leaves give the smoothie a sweet taste without the ill effects of refined sugar. The nuts and seeds give it fiber and slow down the absorption of the natural carbohydrates in the vegetables.
The green vegetables have magnesium. The carrots have potassium and beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A. The beet has iron and can yield nitric oxide, which can strengthen your blood vessels and your heart. The ginger has copper. The combination of magnesium, iron, copper, and vitamin A can stimulate the growth of new red blood cells. The lemon or lime has vitamin C, which can have a detoxifying effect. Blueberries have anthocyanins, which can strengthen the eyes. Brazil nuts have some selenium, depending on the soil where they were grown. Pumpkin seeds have zinc. Hemp seeds, flax seeds, and chia seeds have healthy poly-unsaturated oils (omega-three). Walnuts have vitamin E. Bee pollen has vitamin B. If you include ginger, exclude pumpkin seeds, and vice versa, since the zinc and copper can interfere with each other. Optionally, add vitamin C, vitamin B3 (niacin), chlorella, cocoa, reishi (or he shou wu), apple cider vinegar, one or two drops of peppermint oil, or your favorite supplement.
While fruit juice does contain vitamins and minerals, it lacks the fiber found in whole fruits. Fiber is crucial for maintaining a healthy gut and promoting regular bowel movements. Without fiber, fruit juice can lead to imbalances in gut bacteria, increased blood sugar levels, and even weight gain.