Monday, August 5, 2013

Health benefits of green smoothies and two tasty recipes - Go green or go home

Hey guys,

Detox, anti-aging, super healthy, weight loss, booster of happiness and many more are the claims made by different websites and bloggers who promote green smoothies for an improved health. I read some articles about green smoothies and I agree with the supporters of them in many points. Only difference is that I see them as an addition to my diet not as its main part (like many authors do)! It's worth to drink a green smoothie every now and than because their ingredients are mainly greens, veggis and ripe fruits which contain a lot of healthy vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients and dietary fibres. All those ingredients are capeable of promoting the above mentioned effects. Most authors describe green smoothies as smoothies made with 60% fresh (organic) fruits, 40% fresh (organic) green (leafy) vegetables and pure water or non-dairy milk. If you browse through the internet you will find lots of websites, books and blogs that provide you with recommendations, information and recipes. It's worth to take a look at some of them because green smoothies are really a good and tasty addition to a healthy diet (and they have a low glycemic load!). My girlfriend tried some self-created varieties and I want to show you the recipes of my favourite ones:

Green Smoothie No. 1

Ingredients:
- 2 green apples
- 1/4 lettuce
- 3 sticks celery
- 4 pcs. spring onions
- 1 thumb-sized pc. fresh ginger
- 6 fl.oz. (approx. 180 ml) mate tea
- 2 kiwis
- 3-6 fl.oz. (approx. 90-180 ml) organic soy milk (amount depends on your texture preferences)

Preparation:
The preparation is actually pretty simple. Wash all ingredients and cut them into pieces and put all together into a blender. Mix it for 1 minute and...tatata...ready to drink!


Green Smoothie No. 2

Ingredients:
- 7 oz. (approx. 200 g) fresh spinach
- 1 peeled banana
- 1.5 oz. (approx. 40 g) sliced almonds
- 6 fl.oz. mate tea
- 2 kiwis
- 3-6 fl.oz. organic soy milk (amount depends on your texture preferences)

Preparation:
The preparation is actually pretty simple again. Wash all ingredients and cut them into pieces and put all together into a blender. Mix it for 1 minute and...tatata...the next one is ready to drink!


In summer you can also add some ice cubes to the blender or you can store the drinks in a fridge for one hour before you consume them to give it a more refreshing touch!

Btw: I, personally, like the second one better because of its taste, but both are super healthy and with two varieties you have more options.

Enjoy your smoothie!

Cheers,
Andi