Green smoothies are on everyone’s lips these days. There’s a real hype about this green, viscous drink. But why? Why is a green smoothie really healthy for us?
Green smoothies are the result of an idea by the Russian-born Victoria Boutenko, who a few years ago was looking for a way to make the green leafy vegetables tasty for her family. She found out that leafy vegetables mixed with fruits can taste really delicious. Voilà, the Green Smoothies were born.
The main rule for Healthy Green Smoothies
The basic recipe for green smoothies consists of green leafy vegetables (spinach, wild herbs, salads, etc.), fruits, and water. The quantity ratio between the leaf green and the fruits should always be 50:50, whereby the leaf green portion can also be bigger.
Why are Green Smoothies so healthy?
All in all, there are three factors, which makes the green smoothies so healthy, that everyone should give them at least a try.
Lots of micronutrients
Green leaves have a very high micronutrient content. They are much richer in protein, minerals, and vitamins than other staple foods. Green smoothies provide all the important vitamins, minerals and trace elements, as well as a high level of iron and magnesia. Tip: When drinking, you should keep the smoothie in your mouth a little longer so that nutrients can be better absorbed.
Fibers – Detox your body
Green smoothies clean our intestines with the help of the many dietary fibers. Toxins are absorbed and transported out of our bodies. In addition, the dietary fibers fill us up and curb our appetite.
Chlorophyll – Get some Energy
Green smoothies are super healthy, thanks to their high chlorophyll content. Chlorophyll is very similar to hemoglobin, the human blood pigment. In addition, chlorophyll increases the supply of oxygen, which has a positive physical and psychological effect on us. Chlorophyll is also blood purifying and detoxifying. The darker the green of the plant, the more chlorophyll it contains.
Which green leaves can you use for green smoothies?
In general, you can use whatever green leaves you wanna use or try out. Here comes a list of green leaves, which works for me:
- Explore your garden: dandelion, portulaca
- Herbs: parsley, mint, or basil
- The classic ones: spinach, celery, kale, salad
other Superfood Ingredients for green smoothies
You can also boost your green smoothies with some more superfoods to get the most out of it:
- Almond butter
- Peanut butter
- Chia seeds
- and many more 🙂