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Green Power Smoothie

Green Power Smoothie

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Today I would like to share with you my favourite breakfast of all time.  It’s my green power smoothie that I enjoy most mornings before I start my day along with a serve of protein like a few eggs or some sardines or wild salmon and avocado. What I love about this smoothie is that it’s not full of sugar and greenwash like other store bought varieties.  It’s the real deal, the get me healthy hard core type of smoothie that will have you bouncing off the walls in no time.

The American Journal of clinical nutrition suggests eating 5 – 9 serves of salad or veggies a day is ideal and a more effective strategy in prevention and treatment of chronic disease. Evidence also suggests that antioxidants are best acquired through whole-food consumption and not as an over the counter pill, which is why drinking these smoothies work so well.  Most of the chopping is done by my favourite kitchen appliance – The VitaMix where you just throw it all in and blend it up with a little ice.   You get the benefit of eating whole high fiber foods that stimulate the favorable growth of pro-biotic bacteria to boost your immune system. The word probiotic means prolife, so where possible choose foods that are life giving to your health.

The most nourishing alkaline foods are green vegetables and leafy greens that help improve bone density and serum growth hormone concentrations and also help to prevent muscle wastage. A good diet has always played a vital role in supporting health, which is why it is so important to think about what you put into your mouth every time you eat and drink and whether or not it makes a positive or negative effect to your body. Just remember keep it real, keep it fresh and make it yourself -  you are what you eat and fresh food really is your everyday medicine.

Serves 1

1 green apple, chopped with skin and seeds (200g)
1 big handful baby spinach leaves ( 1 cup – 35 g)
100 g small cucumber – Lebanesese
50 g celery, chopped
1 whole lemon, peeled and chopped or 2 limes.
8 g mint leaves
8 g parsley leaves
1  small slither ginger
1 cup water
1/2 cup ice

Combine all the ingredients into a good high speed blender like a VitaMix. Blend until a lovely, creamy and green.
Serve in a large glass.
garnish with limes or celery stalk and enjoy.

Drink immediately and reap the benefits.
NB: if smoothie is a little thick, just add more water to thin it down.

Protein: 2.6 g
Fat: 0.6 g
Carbs: 27 g
Kilojoules: 537
Calories: 128
Fiber: 7.1 g

Additional extras: add 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed for a fibre and omega 3 boost.

Recipe Posted by Teresa Cutter The Healthy Chef

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