My current coachee is a real inspiration to me, as she raises a lot of questions and requirements I try to come up to.
Lately she told me quite frankly that her intention to eat more fruits instead of sweets was to be doomed, because she simply doesn’t like it. My first thought was to blend the fruits with milk or yoghurt but this would reduce the amount of fruits she is allowed to eat, as it would have too many calories for a snack. Then I thought of a green smoothie…
First, I looked for an appealing recipe (not that easy to find among the large number of partially quite crazy variations – have you ever tried to blend a complete water melon, with paring?!)
One recipe I liked was titled “popular for beginners” – perfect. The smoothie is based on spinach, combined with lamb’s lettuce…interesting. Than you add an apple, a pear, a banana, some ginger and a piece of lemon (with paring). Completed with some water you can vary the consistency.
I hardly dared to try the result… but it was surprisingly delicious! The crucial thing of a green smoothie is, that you shouldn’t taste the leafy vegetables but rather the fruits. Therefore it is essential to add very ripe fruits. The lemon and the ginger are giving it a fresh taste.
You might ask yourself why you should add leafy vegetables at all if you are only suppose to taste the fruits? Because of the healthy effects:
The chlorophyll in the green vegetables is alleged to act detoxifying. It is also known for doing away halitosis and bad body odor in general. The smoothie is not only full of vitamines and mineral nutrients, but it is also high in fibers and secondary plant substances.
If you take it very seriously, then you should buy a high-performance blender which is able to break the nutrients down to the elementary substances, e.g. fatty acids, who can in this way be absorbed more easily and to a higher amount.
When I tried this smoothie a few days ago, I had the impression of drinking pure energy. With its high nutrient density it is a perfect snack and it is yummy on top!
- 2 handful of spinach
- 1 handful of lamb's lettuce
- 1 apple (e.g. boskoop)
- 1 ripe pear
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 slices of lemon (in whole!)
- 1 piece of ginger
- 2 branches of mint
- some water
- Wash the vegetables and the fruits and cut the fruits roughly
- Chop the lemon and the ginger if necessary (depending on the power of your blender)
- Put all ingredients and a shot of water into the blender and mix it for at least 30 seconds
- Add more water ad libitum to reach the consistency you like