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The Green Smoothie Formula

 

There are a few of my sweetest of sweet beet green wishes as you prepare for tomorrow. Yes- they are from last year- but let that slide. It's been busy around these parts. Either way, I can't wait to get on this! Though it can be tough to wrap your head around drinking green drinks for the next three days, the lightness you will feel as the crappola flushes out is a nice little perk to the process. Though not always easy at the time, stick with it and the results will surely inspire.

If this is your second or maybe even third time around with this cleanse, might I remind you of my little Green Smoothie Cleanse formula so you can start mixing and matching, making up your own sweet concoctions. I encourage you to post your creations or fave green smoothies, down below in the comments section or up on twitter tagging them #greensmoothie.

Green Smoothie

Making The Smoothie
I, of course couldn’t get by in my smoothie ladden world without my almighty Vita-Mix. This, however is not necessary if you follow these smoothie making tips. First blend 1 cup of water with some celery, watermelon, cucumber or other high water content food. Then add remaining ingredients in small increments so as not to overwhelm your blender. This helps blend more smoothly. Add water as needed to reach desired consistency. Blend for longer than you think is necessary and then blend a little more.

The Green Smoothie Formula
I take the suggested amount from each category below and get creative. And of course use a little of your sweet flavour combining intuition when it comes to green smoothies. A little cabbage is good, a lot is disgusting. Cayenne and watermelon? I’ve never tried it but I imagine it’s an acquired taste. Be sensible and if it is awful what’s the worst thing that happens? Your garden gets some sweet goodness or you force it on your friends or partner telling them to drink up and that it’s good for them. And refer to this list if you are limited in what you buy organic.

Green Veggies: Choose 2 1/2 –3 cups
Kale, Collards, Beet Greens, Dandelion Greens, Parsley, Mint, Fennel, Avocado, Cucumber, Zucchini, Spinach, Romaine Lettuce, Green Cabbage, Turnip Greens, Celery, Sprouts (Pea Shoot and/or Sunflower sprouts recommended)

Fruits and Sweet Veggies:  1 fruit/sweet veg or about 1-1/2 – 2 cups
Apples, Bananas, Pear, Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Pineapple, Papaya, Mango, Pomegranate, Cranberries, Kiwifruit, Figs, Watermelon, Lemon, Carrots, Sweet Potato, Beets

Optional Superfood Additions: 1 tsp – 1 Tbs of 3-4 of these
Raw Cacao, Flax Oil, Hempseed Oil, Walnut Oil, Almonds, Goji Berries, Dates, Coconut Oil, Bee Pollen, Coconut (fresh or dry), Hempseeds, Chia Seeds,  Spirulina, Ginger, Cayenne, Stevia, Sesame Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Nut/Seed Butters are good options if you have a weaker blender

Additional Optional Liquids
• Ice (if you like it cold)
• Vegetable Juice (100% veggie)
Coconut Water (not to be confused with coconut milk)
Nut or Seed Milk
Herbal tea (such as peppermint or ginger tea)

 

10 Responses to “The Green Smoothie Formula”

  1. I'm drinking a green smoothie as I read this! 5 c. spinach 1 banana 1 tsp fish oil 1 tbsp ground flax 1 scoop protein
  2. Melinda said…
    Me too! Apple, ginger, spinach, kale, celery, carrot, bee pollen, goji berries, hemp seeds, spirulina, protein powder. And this afternoon's fruity dee-light is in the fridge: pineapple, strawberries, carrot, cucumber, celery, beet greens, bee pollen, chia seeds. Mmmmm!
  3. Katherine said…
    Wow so helpful! Thanks! I need a way to make these saving money. Do you add ice in yours ever? Katherine
  4. Danielle said…
    Drinking my first green smoothie this morning, although it ended up turning a bit pink :) 1 avocado 1 cup spinach 1/2 cup raspberries handful of sunflower sprouts 2 tsp flax oil 1 tbsp chia seeds
  5. [...] Days of Green Smoothies” series this year. Combining thoughts from both Megan’s Green Smoothie Formula and Becky’s 40 Days formula, I’ve come up with something that works for G & [...]
  6. […] pretty much every day for breakfast. Green ones. Ew. Don’t judge. They’re actually surprisingly tasty when done right. Some of our favourite ingredients are romaine, cucumber, frozen berries (because they’re so […]
  7. Anthon88 said…
    Great post, thanks for all the recipes. I am a huge fan of Greens. Sometimes I make my own but when I am pressed for time I usually use a Greens supplement. Either way, they are outstanding for overall health.
  8. Denni said…
    You gave me such a good idea to use herbal tea as the liquid base since I do not drink milk from any source be it animal or vegetable. Thank you!
  9. Molly Powers said…
    When do smoothies lose their nutritional value? Often I'd like to make one at home to drink in the afternoon at work, but worry it's not effective for the nutrients. Thanks!
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Hi Molly! Smoothies will lose nutritional value over time, and some veggies/fruits lose value quicker than others after blending. However, I wouldn't worry too much if you're making a fresh smoothie in the morning and then having it in the afternoon. There wouldn't be a ton of loss in that case. And it's a much better option than grabbing fast food or another processed alternative on the go - and less expensive to make at home than going to a juice or smoothie bar.

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