Green smoothies have gained a great deal of popularity in recent years and for lots of good reasons. They make it easy to boost your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, are fast and simple to prepare and best of all are a delicious way to enhance your health.
I also recommend green smoothies in the beginning stages of transitioning to the raw food detox diet for those who have difficulty tolerating a high fruit intake. Adding leafy greens to a fruit smoothie slows down the absorption of sugars to keep blood glucose levels more stable. In this way green smoothies can help you adjust as you gradually increase the amount of fruit in your diet.
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How to Make the Perfect Green Smoothie
The basic premise of making a green smoothie is simple: combine sweet fruits with fresh leafy greens and blend to create a delicious and nutritious beverage. However, when creating a blend that is both nutritious and delicious there is much to learn from experience, as I am sure those of you who have experimented with green smoothies can attest to.
When Tracy Russell discovered the benefits of green smoothies she lost 40 pounds, reduced her cholesterol score by fifty points, and began running marathons. Since then she has become a green smoothie advocate.
In her new book, The Best Green Smoothies on the Planet, she focuses on the many positive effects that can be gained by drinking green smoothies and shares 150 green smoothie recipes.
I’ve been drinking green smoothies for over seven years and I still discovered some helpful information in this book. It’s clear that Tracy has a lot of know-how when it comes to green smoothies and that they are an important part of her approach to a healthy lifestyle.
Her step-by-step guide to making the perfect green smoothie will ensure you have success with your blending adventures. This advice can also help you create your own green smoothie combinations without the need to follow a recipe. Many will also find her tips on how to fix a green smoothie disaster to be very helpful.
Tracy also provides a very comprehensive list of possible ingredients – including fruits, vegetables, fats, and superfoods – that you can add to a green smoothie with information about their flavor profile and nutrition.
Green Smoothie Recipes
I was pretty impressed with the collection of green smoothie recipes in this book and can definitely recommend it if you are looking for a resource on this subject.
The green smoothie recipes are divided into categories based on their health benefits and include:
- Detox and Cleansing Green Smoothies
- Weight Loss Green Smoothies
- Antioxidant Green Smoothies
- Fitness and Energy Green Smoothies
- Immune-Boosting Green Smoothies
- Calcium-Rich Green Smoothies
- Heart-Healthy Green Smoothies
- Iron-Rich Green Smoothies
- Mood-Enhancing Green Smoothies
Tracy offers readers unique information about how green smoothies can be used specifically to enhance these different aspects of health. The recipes are rich in health-supporting nutrients with flavorful, fun and interesting combinations such as:
The Lemon-Lime Green Smoothie recipe that Tracy shares with us below is from the “detox and cleansing” category. When it comes to a green smoothie detox Tracy advises readers to keep things simple and I completely agree. The most cleansing green smoothie recipes focus on fresh fruits and leafy greens blended with water or coconut water.
This smoothie might be small, but it’s loaded with nutrients. Just one cup of kale adds 8 percent of your recommended daily value of calcium, 10 percent of your recommended daily value of fiber, and 3 grams of protein. Most of the nutrients in the smoothie come from the kale.
- ¼ lemon, peeled
- ¼ lime, peeled
- 1 small frozen banana, peeled
- ½ cup green grapes
- 1 cup fresh curly kale, stems removed
- 4 ounces filtered water
Whether you are a green smoothie veteran or are just discovering the health benefits of green smoothies you will certainly find inspiration in The Best Green Smoothies on the Planet. It contains an appealing collection of green smoothie recipes along with unique and interesting information about the ways that green smoothies can improve your health.
Disclosure: NetGalley provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.