I’m becoming a fan of green smoothies. It almost sounds like street slang for money, but it’s not. In the alternative health field, there are those that believe that drinking your fruit and vegetables is a good thing (and a Bloody Mary doesn’t count. Damn!).
The theory is that we don’t eat nearly enough green vegetables and that with smoothies, we can get them easily.
The truth is, that we actually don’t get enough green vegetables and it isn’t a theory. Therein lies a big health problem, because green vegetables contain many of the healthiest properties on this earth.
I believe you could pick out just about any average Joe or Jane, run some tests on them and they would be found deficient in the nutrients and minerals, provided by green vegetables.
Hence, my appreciation of the smoothie approach. You don’t have to know anything about cooking to make a smoothie. If you can wash a vegetable, or fruit, chop it in a rudimentary manner, measure it and throw it in a blender, you can make a smoothie.
There is one caveat: You need a good blender, the stronger the better. I have a Vita Mix, which is expensive, but which will also last a lifetime. Another good brand is Blend Tec, and I believe Waring has a pretty tough model, too. But don’t try this stuff in a $30 model, because you’ll melt it down.
The following is a recipe for Bok Choy Joy:
2 cups bok choy
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 green zucchini
1 stalk celery
1 Granny Smith apple (cored)
1/4 tsp fresh gingerroot
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 lemon squeezed
1 pinch cayenne pepper
Blend until smooth…and bottoms up. You can drink this anytime.
Here’s a smoothie called Morning Glory:
1/4 jalapeno pepper, or more…to taste
1 1/2 cups kale
2 medium oranges, peeled and seeded
1 clove of garlic
1/2 tsp fresh gingerroot
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
Blend until smooth.
Both of these simple recipes are power packed with vitamins and minerals you need.
There is a difference between blending and juicing. I always thought that juicing wasted a tremendous amount of usuable food, but this process uses up almost everything, which I like. And I think it’s also much more nutritious.
You can get about 200 recipes in the book, “Green Smoothie Revolution,” including recipes for kids, and believe it or not, even for old Fido (although I’m not sure I’d want to clean up after that). I’m just warning you about what I think could happen to Fido, even though it may not. The book is available at Amazon.