These green smoothies and juices are often green, bright green and not exactly the most delicious looking meal, but if you do it right you’ll not only love these green smoothies and juices, you’ll crave them! After having one of these super smoothies, your hunger will not only be satisfied, you’ll feel great as well.
My tips to enjoying your daily green juice:
- Start slowly, if you make a goal to replace all your meals with these smoothies and juices you may get sick of it and give up. Instead make a goal to replace 3 meals a week with the smoothies, after a month of doing this you will start craving them and will find yourself wanting one daily if not more!
Start with veggies you can’t taste! Spinach is my favorite as it has no flavor when blended with yummy fruits, cucumber also has a mild flavor and is a good vegetable to start with and carrots are almost as sweet as fruit and make great juices.
- Follow the 2 to 1 equation. Two fruits and one vegetable, this will keep your smoothie sweet and delicious instead of tasting like a blended salad.
- Add water or almond milk to thin your smoothies, not juice! Juice will only add calories and chances are it was pasteurized which means it was heated up and therefore lacking in nutrition. Almond milk is a great way to add protein and best of all it naturally boosts your metabolism!
- Stock your freezer with organic frozen fruit and vegetables. When companies freeze produce they flash freeze immediately after picking, so you get the most flavor and loads of nutrition too. Plus it’s always available and makes for a chilly delicious smoothie. You can also cut and freeze your own fresh fruits and veggies and store them in bags, Tupperware or jars for quick ready-made smoothies.
Juicing verses blending:
To juice you need a juicer, if you have one by all means use it especially if you like the thin consistency of juice over a thicker smoothie. To make a smoothie all you need is a blender, and not even an expensive one, I’ve been using my $20 blender for a number of years and try as I might I haven’t broken it yet!
I personally prefer to make smoothies, when you juice you discard so much of the fruits and vegetables losing some of the nutrition, by making a smoothie you’ll be fuller longer, plus you won’t go through as much produce and will keep your grocery bill lower. Choose your preferred method then start creating your 2 to 1 drinks.
10 of my favorite Green Smoothies and Juice Recipes:
Tropical Sunrise- ¼ cup pineapple, 1 orange peeled, 2 carrots, 1 tablespoon flax seeds, 1 cup water
Purple Passion- ½ cup cherries, ¼ cup blueberries, 1 cup raw spinach, ¼ cup Greek yogurt, 1 cup water
Crazy for Kale- ½ cup cherries, ½ cup blueberries, 1 cup fresh kale, 2 teaspoons honey, 1 cup almond milk
Metabolism Booster- 1 orange peeled, 1/3 cup strawberries, 1 cup raw spinach, 1 cup almond milk
Grown Up Strawberry Banana- ½ cup strawberries, 1 banana, 1 cup raw spinach, ½ cup almond milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Electric Green Boost- ¼ cup pineapple, one orange peeled, 1 cup raw spinach, 1 cup almond milk
Scrub Yourself Clean- ½ cup strawberries, ¼ cup pineapple, 1 cup broccoli florets or parsley, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 cup water
Apple Pie- 1 apple peeled and cored, ¼ cup blueberries, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 cup spinach, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 cup water
Sweetie Pie- 1 cup sweet peas, 1 banana, ½ cup blueberries, 1 cup almond milk, chia seeds, ½ teaspoon honey
Crisp Mango Cucumber- 1/4 cup mango, 1 orange peeled, 1 cup chopped cucumber, 1 tablespoon flax seeds
No matter who you are or what your health goals may be, you cannot go wrong when it comes to introducing smoothies or juices into your life. By drinking these potent beverages, you’re literally changing your cells. You’re providing your body with vital nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants in an easy-to-digest form. Everything about you will improve, including your sleep, your happiness, and the quality of your skin.
Here are 10 recipes to get you started!
1. Blueberry Smoothie
This is not only great for your health, but it’s loaded with antioxidants, phytochemicals, and flavonoids, which are vital for cellular health and disease prevention.
- Big handful frozen or fresh organic wild blueberries
- 1 Banana
- 1 Tbsp extra-virgin coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 1 cup hemp milk, almond milk, oat milk, or coconut water as your base
2. Kidney Nourishing Smoothie
I call this the “flat tummy smoothie.” Not only do cucumbers hydrate your body, but they’re also fabulous for flushing out toxicity in your kidneys.
- 1⁄2 large cucumber, peeled and sliced
- 1 cup fresh/frozen blueberries
- 8 oz coconut water or unsweetened hemp/rice/almond milk
- 1-2 Tbs ground flax or chia seeds
- Tbs raw organic honey or stevia to taste (optional)
- Ice (optional)
3. Cranberry Lymph Flush Smoothie
Cranberry concentrate is a wonderful way to keep your bladder free of unwanted bacteria naturally. Bonus: cranberries are a great source of vitamin C.
- 1 cup of mixed berries
- 1⁄4 cup unsweetened Cranberry juice concentrate
- 1⁄4 avocado
- 1 cup coconut water or coconut milk/hemp/almond/rice milk
- 1 Tbs ground flax or chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- Ice (optional)
4. Pumpkin PieLooking for a savory treat? Want to eat pumpkin pie without the guilt? This one’s for you!
- 3⁄4 cup pureed pumpkin
- 1⁄3 cup coconut/hemp/almond/rice milk
- 1 Tbs ground flax or chia seeds
- 1⁄4 cup coconut water
- 2 tsp raw, organic honey or stevia
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1⁄2 tsp nutmeg
- 1⁄2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- Ice (optional)
5. Blackberry-Cinnamon Smoothie
Blackberries a fabulous source of Vitamin K, which is essential for absorbing calcium and bone growth. (And it tastes so good!)
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
- 1 cup coconut water or unsweetened almond/coconut/hemp/rice milk
- 1Tbs ground flax or chia seeds
- 1⁄8 tsp cinnamon
- 1 handful of spinach
- Splash of vanilla extract
- Tbs raw, organic honey or stevia to taste (optional)
6. The Green Monster
Drinking this green juice will alkalize your body and leave you feeling fabulous. Even better, it contains parsley, which is loaded with Vitamin C and iron, which can be difficult for many vegan or vegetarians to get enough iron.
- 1 and 1⁄2 cups coconut water
- 1 handful kale
- 1 handful spinach
- 5 stalks celery
- 1 apple, cored and chopped
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 1⁄2 bunch parsley
Note: add the coconut water at the end to your juice.
7. Delicious Detox
This is a great drink for juicing newbies because the carrots add enough sweetness to make you feel like you’re not even drinking a green juice.
- 3 carrots
- 3 stalks celery
- 1 cucumber
- 1⁄2 bunch kale
- 1⁄2 bunch parsley
- 1⁄2 bunch cilantro
- 1 lemon squeezed
8. Cleanse Your Blood Juice
Beets are known to cleanse the blood and colon. By doing so, you’re supporting and strengthening your liver and gallbladder.
9. Simple + Sweet Green Flush
This is great for anyone with digestive issues, because the apple aids in digestion and improves bowel function. It’s a fun and easy treat for juicers at all levels.
10. Carrot + Apple
Looking to reduce water retention? This one’s for you, as carrots help to eliminate excess water from the body! This is perfect for anyone who is feeling bloated and wants to flush!
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Warming, comforting and indulgent tasting treat. Mixes up quickly with a thick, rich texture. Whip up a batch of this latte and store leftovers in the fridge up to 3 days–it’s great cold, too.
100 g (about 12 whole) skinned, roasted chestnuts (I buy the kind in vacuum pack bags)
1 Tbsp plus one tsp (20 ml) carob powder
1 tsp (5 ml) cinnamon
1/4 tsp (1 ml) cardamom (optional, but highly recommended)
1 Tbsp (15 ml) pure vanilla extract
1 tsp (5 ml) pure almond extract
2 tsp (10 ml) whole chia seeds
2 cups (480 ml) unsweetened plain or vanilla almond or other nondairy milk of choice
pinch fine sea salt
40-50 drops (1/2-3/4 tsp or 2.5 to 3.5 ml) pure plain or vanilla liquid stevia
Whipped coconut cream, if desired, for garnish (I used the recipe from Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free)
Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender (see directions for regular blender, below) and blend until very smooth. Transfer to a small pot and heat over medium-low heat, stirring frequently to prevent scorching, until warmed through. Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream if desired. Serves two. Store, covered in the refrigerator, up to 3 days. Reheat as above or consume cold.
Conventional blender method: Grind chia seeds in a coffee grinder or spice mill until powdered. Add to blender jug with remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Transfer to a small pot and continue as above.
Suitable for: ACD All stages; sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, yeast-free, vegan, low glycemic.
1. Boost immunity. The polyphenols and flavonoids found in green tea help your body stay strong and fight against infections.
2. Thwart cardiovascular disease. Green tea helps prevent build-up in arteries and blocks the oxidation of bad cholesterol (LCL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL).
3. Guard against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Green tea may help protect brain cells from deteriorating and restore damaged cells.
4. Keep asthma in check. Green tea can help reduce the severity of asthma. It contains theophyline which acts as a relaxer for the muscles that support the bronchial tubes.
5. Reduce tooth decay. The antioxidant “catechin,” found in green tea, has been linked to the destruction of bacteria and viruses that cause various dental conditions and throat infections.
6. Lower blood pressure. Green tea has been found to repress angiotensin, which spikes blood pressure levels.
7. Fight ovarian cancer. Green tea contains epigallocatechin gallate or EDCD, a potent antioxidant that has been observed to suppress the growth of ovarian cancer cells and stimulate apoptosis (cell suicide).
8. Reduce the risk of colon cancer. Numerous studies have concluded that green tea helps halt colon cancer cell growth and regular green tea drinkers are 50 percent less likely to develop colorectal cancer.
9. Promote longevity. Polyphenols, which are green tea’s primary antioxidant, fight against free radicals which helps your body fight against aging.
10. Kick breast cancer. Green tea has been found to inhibit cancer cell metabolism in breast tumors.
To fully reap these benefits and others scientists suggest drinking green tea regularly, citing three cups a day as the optimal amount. While there are many drinks that now contain green tea, it’s best to consume it the way people have for years — fresh and seeped in hot water — if you want the real benefits. Recently, it has been recommended to avoid drinking green tea while eating as it can hinder nutrient absorption from other foods. Drink at leisure, but use your best judgment.
One of the best, tastiest and easiest juices to make is tropical passion fruit. It will take about 10 minutes for 2–3 liters (0.5–0.8 US gal) of delicious, refreshing drink.
5 ripe passion fruit
sugar or sugar substitute
Buy five or six tropical passion fruit – the yellow kind. They need to be crinkly but not rotten. Don’t let the look put you off because they need to be very ripe to make the juice.
- Cut each in half and scoop out the flesh into a blender.
Add about 3 times the amount of water and run the blender for a minute or so. The black seed will separate from the jelly. Don’t over blend as the seeds will break up and create a grit.
Pour the mixture into a large jug or bowl through a sieve to catch the seeds. Rub in the mixture in the sieve to get every drop.
Add about three times as much cold water again and sugar to taste. Use a teaspoon to taste the juice until you get the right amount. You may still need to add more water, but do it cautiously as you don’t want to make the juice too weak.
Run the juice through a funnel into a jug or bottle and cool. 5 passion fruit will make around 2 1⁄2 liters (0.7 US gal) of juice, so make sure your bottle is large enough.
Enjoy straight from the fridge, with ice
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