A Simple Way To Get Your Greens….

My beautiful bride and I kick start each day with this Green Smoothie below for a few reasons.  First, after “breaking your fast” from hopefully a good night sleep, it is typically easier on your body to ingest and digest whole-, water-rich foods, as opposed to things like eggs, bacon, pancakes, cereal, etc.  In addition, the rich greens in this concoction provide “alkalizing” effects that can offset the acidity of the fruit as your body breaks down the sugars, thus helping to keep your body’s alkalinity in balance.  Believe me, I know what you are thinking.  I love all of those “typical” breakfast items too; my mom was a breakfast master and filled me up with all those items above for most of my years until I moved out of the house.  I also empathize with the notion that “eating” vegetables in the morning seems a little strange.  That said, starting each day this way will make you more healthy, and provide more energy than the “typical” options mentioned above.

Second, this smoothie is chock full of essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, B6, C, E, and K, beta carotene, iron, manganese, potassium, even calcium. As you’ve probably heard, eating a significant amount of deep, leafy greens each day promotes overall health and energy, and has been shown to reduce the potential for cancer, etc.  Who can argue with that?  Now, you might be someone who can actually eat deep, leafy greens like kale, chard, collard greens in salads, steamed, etc.  If that’s you, I think that’s fantastic and I’m envious.  However that’s not me; I can’t stand ‘em.  So one of the reasons I like this smoothie so much is that it provides an easy “delivery method” for all this “good for me” stuff that I otherwise would not eat.  Blending them in a smoothie where the texture and taste can be “hidden” via other ingredients makes it easier for me to tolerate.

Third, as you can probably attest, it is sometimes a challenge to get your daily supply of fruits and vegetables.  I would not suggest that this smoothie is the “be all and end all cure” for doing that, but by starting every day off with one, I at least have peace of mind that my beautiful bride and I are getting a significant portion of our daily fruits and vegetables, with all of the benefits mentioned above, right from the start.  It also relieves a little bit of the guilt when I eat something that is really heavy, less healthy, etc. (think any kind of comfort food like lasagna, mac ‘n cheese, pizza, whatever).

Hopefully you will give it a try.  Experiment with the amounts of each ingredient to achieve a blend that you can live with, or hopefully enjoy.  Let me know what you think and if you’ve made any improvements.  Also, if you have any other recipes for similar smoothies, I’d love to hear about, and try them.

Until soon…thanks for listening.

DB’s Green Smoothie

Ingredient

Amount

Coconut Water (no pulp)

16

oz.
Kale, chopped

1

handful
Spinach, Baby

1

handful
Pineapple, chopped

1-2

cups to taste
Mango, chopped

1-2

cups to taste
Banana

1

each
Frozen fruit of choice (e.g., Pineapple, Mango, or Banana)

1

cup
Recipe serves

2

14-20 oz. Servings

 

Instructions

  1. In a Vitamix Blender, add 16 oz. of Coconut Water.
  2. Add Supplement(s) of choice.
  3. Add Kale.
  4. Add Banana
  5. Add Frozen Fruit of choice.
  6. Add Mango.
  7. Add Spinach.
  8. Add Pineapple.
  9. Blend.  If too thick, just add Coconut Water until desired texture.
  10. Pour into pint glasses.

 

Note 1: A Vitamix blender (or something with similar power to pulverize) is essential to truly blend this mixture to achieve a smooth consistency and optimize your body’s ability to utilize all the nutrients.

Note 2: You can also add supplement(s) of choice.  We add buffered Vitamin C powder and at times Acai Powder, Chia Seeds, or Flax Seeds for variety.  Please note that supplements (especially Acai Powder) will modify flavor, so you need to just play around with the right mix of ingredients to get your desired result.

Note 3: The more fruit you use compared to greens will probably make this smoothie easier to “enjoy,” especially as you still have your green smoothie “training wheels” on.  If you are someone who can already enjoy greens, this is probably not necessary.  In order to maximize health benefits, ideally you would be able to “enjoy” this smoothie where the ratio of greens is greater than the fruit.

Comments

  1. How about a post dedicating to picking the right juicer!? Slow/masticating, dual speed, breville, huron – it’s too much and all the reviews out there are hard to disect!

    • I like the idea. I do have some thoughts on juicers. We have the Huron which is a slow/masticating juicer. I like the end result. Cleaning it is kind of a “process” which makes it less than inspiring to use it often now that we have our hands full. Though I’m not sure if the other types are any easier to clean.

  2. Stephanie Pill says:

    Sounds great, thanks for sharing! We will give it a try!

  3. All I can say is your bride is so lucky to have an involved husband like you. My husband has
    changed one diaper and has never given our daughter a bottle. He
    really wanted a boy and is not enjoying our daughter. Do you have any ideas how I can encourage him
    to bond with our girl? Your wife is so lucky, my husband requires me to make him dinner every night . I wish he had a special sauce instead of getting sauced all the time!

  4. Bobby Revaeb says:

    Wow. That smoothie/shake sounds delicious! We are going to have to try this!! Does it mess with your digestive system at all? Speaking of, not to be too graphic, has Mommy had to deal with hemorrhoids at all? My wife recently had a baby and has recently been suffering in a big way. Any thoughts/advice? Thanks man, love your honesty

    • I would not say that the smoothie “messes” with your digestive system. I would say that it is full of a variety of fiber sources that can definitely make you more “regular”, if you know what I mean.

      I’m sorry to hear that your wife has been suffering from hemorrhoids. If she hasn’t tried them already, she might want to try Tucks medicated cooling pads. Their main active ingredient is “witch hazel” which seems to be a common “cure” for hemorrhoidal and other postpartum pain “down there”. My wife also liked the Motherlove brand “Sitz Bath Spray” for postpartum relief. Sitz Baths are also commonly used postpartum.

      Once again, you should always check with your doctor just to confirm what might be good for Mommy.

  5. Tina Yurch says:

    What model of Vitamix did you get? And where would you recommend buying one?
    Also, at what age would you recommend making smoothies/shakes for a child?

    • We have a Vitamix “Super 5000” that is over 7 years old. You might want to check out Williams Sonoma; they have a few Vitamix options. When we are in the market for a new one, we plan to go with the “Professional Series 750.” It has many cool features and we like that the container itself has the same large capacity but it’s now in a shorter format so it fits under counter cabinets.

      As for when to introduce solid foods to infants, single ingredient purees don’t typically get introduced until 6 months (sometimes sooner). “Creamy combos” can be introduced at 7-8 months and “Big Kid Meals” (what the whole family is eating) can be introduced around 12-18 months.

      Hope that helps.

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