Monday, March 28, 2011

Green Smoothies: My Miracle Food

Well friends it has been quite an adventure for me these last few weeks. I have discovered things about myself that I never dreamed possible. I feel great, I have more energy, my skin has never looked better, my joints have less pain, and I'm finally shedding that annoying holiday 10lbs. Are you just dying to hear my secret? I thought so! :)
It all started with my current read, "12 Steps to Raw" by Victoria Boutenko. It is quite an enjoyable book even though I do not plan on switching to completely raw food any time soon (my lifestyle does not currently support it, however it is my ultimate goal to become a raw foodist at some point.) What I really like about this book is the fact that she gives scientific explanations on why we (anyone on the SAD) have cravings, mood swings, lack of energy, etc. She talks about the chemical changes our food experiences when it is cooked past 108 degrees, no longer being in a raw state. She calls it "dead" food, as opposed to "living" food. Can you imagine what "dead" food gives us? Nothing!! (Except cancer, maybe??) I recommend this book to everyone! It really is an eye-opener. Now to the miracle part.
I had already heard about Green Smoothies from a website,, but for some reason never found the motivation to actually try them. Thank goodness for Victoria's book, it finally gave me the push I needed to give them a shot! Believe me when I say they are actually quite delicious and satisfying, and have TOTALLY eliminated my cravings for "bad" food. The gist of the Green Smoothies is very simple: drink 1 quart a day in addition to regular meals. The beautiful thing about this is they will give you the much needed green nutrition in an immediately usable format. When you blend the greens with the fruit, the cell walls become ruptured, thereby releasing their nutrients to be absorbed by your body as soon as it touches the inside of your mouth. Basically the blender does all the necessary chewing. Perfect!
Okay so here is how you make them. All you do is blend together 60% fruit with 40% greens of your choice and water until it is the consistency you like. My favorite combination so far has been:
2 bananas
Handful of fresh spinach
1 cup of filtered water
I also enjoy mango, banana, and spinach. As you can tell, my favorite green so far is primarily spinach, but it is good to rotate the type of greens you use, so I will switch it up sometimes and use kale or even parsley! The great part about the 60% fruit, 40% green ratio is that all you can taste is the fruit.
I really hope you try them and enjoy the benefits as much as I, because I promise once your body gets used to proper nutrition, there will be no turning back! Have a healthy day!

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