I’m a big believer that greens are the cornerstone of health. There’s almost nothing leafy greens can’t do — they reduce inflammation, give you brain power, reduce belly bloat, make your bones stronger, relieve stress and so much more!
But what’s the best way to get all those good, leafy greens into your diet? I LOVE adding them to my smoothies. Smoothies are a quick, easy, and delicious way to get your greens on!
Here are some of the amazing benefits you’ll get by adding leafy greens to your smoothie:
- You’ll get the energy you need. A fruit-only smoothie is delicious, but if you don’t add greens, you could experience a “crash” after drinking it. Adding greens will give you sustainable energy that will keep you humming along all day long.
- Greens contain Omega-3s, and tons of beto carotyene, so they’ll stabilize your blood sugar, give you clearer skin, and even helps prevent sunburn. If you’ve read my story, you know that before going raw vegan, I suffered from low blood sugar, nodular acne, and an unhealthy weight, among other things. Greens were an important part of my journey to getting healthier and happier!
- Greens are easy on digestion. Greens are a prebiotic — that means they help with dysbiosis, which is an imbalance of the bacteria in your gut.
- Greens contain potassium, an electrolyte that will help flush sodium out of your body, resulting in less belly bloat! (One cup of spinach contains 840 milligrams of potassium — that's a heaping helping toward the RDA of 4,700 milligrams.)
- Greens smoothies are great for on-the-go. Listen, nobody wants to have to haul bags full of food to meetings, after school activities, and fun times with friends. But you can spin up a greens-filled smoothie, throw it in a fun thermos, and you’re ready to roll!
- Greens are amazing for weight loss. You’ll get more bang for your buck when you pack low-calorie, high-nutrient greens into your smoothie.
- Greens can help you detox. The standard American diet contains SO many toxins and other junk that is making us sick. Greens that contain chlorophyll, such as parsley, spirulina, and alfalfa, will bind to heavy metals in your body and flush them right out of your body.
Try my Five-Day Green Smoothie Breakthrough Cleanse to help you lose weight, recharge, and reset! My Smoothie Cleanse is a great way to detox your body while keeping you feeling full and satisfied. You’ll get a complete grocery list and five days of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack smoothie recipes. And if you think smoothies are boring, think again. You’ll get scrumptious, I-can’t-believe-this-is-healthy raw vegan recipes like Sweeter Than Pie, Almost Sinful Cinnamon, Monkey Business and more!
Make your smoothies more fun! Put your smoothie in a colorful thermos, add a cute straw, and pretend you’re poolside at a resort.
Start small. If you’re new to greens and your taste buds or stomach can’t handle a lot of bitter greens just yet, throw a handful or two of milder greens into your smoothie. Spinach, baby kale, red leaf lettuce, or even a power greens mix will help you get used to the taste and help your stomach stay happy.
Help your digestion by “eating” your smoothie. Make a chewing motion when drinking your smoothie. This will cause saliva to form in your mouth, which sets your digestive process in motion.
Buy in bulk to save money. You can get a big ol’ huge clamshell of greens for just a few dollars at discount clubs like Sam’s or Costco, or stores like Walmart or Aldi! Look for greens on sale at your regular grocery store, too.
Let’s Make a Smoothie!
Below is one of my favorite smoothie recipes — you can see what adding greens does to the nutrient levels. You can also watch me make a smoothie and talk more about the benefits of greens in my “Building a Great Green Smoothie” video!
Fruit Smoothie/Green Smoothie Recipe
2 cups pineapple
1 – 3 cups mixed berries
Add 3 cups kale, spinach, red leaf lettuce or any other type of leafy green
You could also add: 5 TBSP chia seeds
Fruit smoothie: 466
Green smoothie: 510
Calcium (Fruit alone/Kale added/Daily RDA)
Iron (Fruit alone/Kale added/Daily RDA)
Magnesium (Fruit alone/Kale added/Daily RDA)
Potassium (Fruit alone/Kale added/Daily RDA)
1400/2400/ 4700 milligrams
Folate (Fruit alone/Kale added/Daily RDA)