I am a green smoothie lover.
They have revolutionized the way I eat, and (during the warmer months) they have totally changed my view on breakfast. I will admit I have fallen off the green smoothie bandwagon during this cold cold winter (I mean, who wants to drink a half-frozen smoothie when it’s no warmer than 10C outside!). But being pregnant, I am trying to get back into the green smoothie habit, because the benefits of including more leafy greens plus fresh fruit into my diet definitely outweigh my whiney “But it’s too cold!” excuses I keep telling myself ;)
Green smoothies are an excellent addition to anyone’s diet, but particularly vegans – too often, I feel like vegans take comfort in comfort foods – vegan versions of meat or dairy based dishes – and they feel it’s healthier because it’s vegan. But too much fried, oily, processed, or “fake” foods, are not healthy, regardless if they are plant-based or not. Leafy greens are often underestimated (and thus, under-eaten) but they are really a nutritious superfood! Even my children (ages 2 and 5) will enjoy a green smoothie – otherwise they won’t touch any green vegetable!
Eating raw fruit and vegetables has also been proven to be a healthy addition to our diets. A lot of nutrients are destroyed in various cooking processes, so a daily salad and/or green smoothie are a great way to get those raw vegetables into our bodies.
Green smoothies are great for anytime of the day – starting your day with a green smoothie will give you lots of energy for the morning, but green smoothies are excellent snacks between meals, or even as dessert – add some cacao powder for a chocolate-y hit!
It is important if you drink green smoothies daily that you rotate your ingredients regularly – don’t just use spinach in all your smoothies! Try other leafy greens like kale, silverbeet and rocket too. Leafy greens contain alkaloids, which are poisons, in small amounts, but when we eat a lot of the one type of leafy green these alkaloids will build up in our bodies and it is harder for our bodies to get rid of large amounts of one type of toxin.
I recently tried raw beetroot in my green smoothie and was pretty pleased with the result! I was skeptical at first but it turned out very tasty – still with the earthy taste of beetroot, but combined with the sweetness of blueberries it wasn’t overpowering. I enjoy beetroot juice, so why not beetroot smoothies too!
Berry-Beet Green Smoothie
1/2 large beetroot, peeled and grated
3/4 cup frozen blueberries
A good handful of baby spinach leaves
Water as needed
Sprinkle of chia seeds
Blend all ingredients together until smooth.
Sprinkle some chia seeds on top.
Drink and enjoy :)