18 January 2011

recipe: green smoothies!

My dear friend Shannon McCarthy was the one who first introduced me to green smoothies. While I consider myself a hippie-type eater, whenever I go to Shannon's I am definitely shown-up. One morning a few years back, she whipped up a blender full of green stuff poured some in a glass and said "Want some?! Mmm!" and the 5-year-old in me wrinkled my nose and asked "what is it?" as I reached out my hand and sipped with trepidation. Delicious! I think that particular blend was parsley, cilantro, lemon, apple, banana, and a pinch of salt. I was hooked after that, and even managed to convince my mom to try-- and she liked it! One of the things I personally like about green smoothies is that you still retain the great fiber benefits of the food-- something that you lose through juicing. I think this summer I will make some green smoothie popsicles...

Here's what Shannon had to say about Green Smoothies.
One of the easiest ways to add more greens to our palate is to enjoy them in smoothie form!

The simple recipe is this: 1/2 fruit + 1/2 greens + water to blend = yumminess

2 bananas + cilantro bunch
2 pears + parsley bunch
banana + apple + romaine lettuce

Greens such as romaine lettuce, kale, parsley, and cilantro blend easily. And blending makes them easier to digest. Eating these greens is an enjoyable way to alkalize the blood too!

To learn more about the health benefits of blended greens and fruit, check out Victoria Boutenko's book, "Green for Life" or visit her website http://www.rawfamily.com/recipes  for more recipes.

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