I've talked about green smoothies before on this blog, but I feel I must mention the topic again because they are just so darn astounding!
I'd previously been using spinach whenever I'd make a green smoothie. Not every day, not always every week, but I've consumed alot of spinach smoothies. I just find spinach to be the most palatable of all the leafy vegetables, so it seemed like a good gateway green.
But this morning I finally got up the courage to try a kale smoothie.
After a minute or two of blending,
And you know what?
It was freaking fantabulous!
I think I might like kale even better than spinach in my smoothies. It's very fragrant and it's green taste goes so well with the sweet fruit. Love!
1. Keep it simple. Fewer ingredients are better and easier for your body to digest.
2. Only use fruits and leafy greens. No starchy vegetables like carrots or cabbage.
3. Isolate your green smoothie from your other meals. Specifically, don't eat heavy foods like meat and dairy within a couple hours of your smoothie. Most sources recommend drinking your smoothie in the morning, before any heavy meals are consumed. I don't think it's dangerous to do otherwise, it's just more likely to make the smoothie cause gas and bloating. From what I've read, "stacking" foods in your gut that digest at different rates (meat takes the longest, fruit the shortest) can cause gastrointestinal distress in some people.
4. Start small. Don't add too many greens to your smoothie when you first start. This will help your palate adjust and help your gut adjust too. 70% fruit to 30% greens is a good starting point.
5. Rotate your greens to keep certain toxins from building up in your system.
That's all I can think of right now. If you're interested in adding green smoothies to your diet, I suggest doing a little research yourself. There's a wealth of knowledge available on the subject.
But yes, definitely try it! Ask anyone that knows me and they'll tell you I hate eating vegetables, but I love these smoothies. This is such a wonderful way to add something to our diets that we all need more of.