- 15 servings of raw, enzyme-rich greens and fruits in a one quart serving. (150% USRDA of fruits and veggies).
- Fast and easy to prepare.
- No salad dressing required! You won’t need all the fatty, chemical-laden salad dressings to get your greens down.
- You’re getting predigested nutrition. The blender breaks down the cell wall of the greens, making nutrients highly bio available when eaten right after processing.
- You will eat greens you never would otherwise. Greens are full of chlorophyll, which neutralize internal body odors and bad breath, and it mops up free radicals that cause cancer and all degenerative diseases.
- Chuck full of fiber. Unlike juicing, in which most of the fiber is thrown away, a smoothie will provide you with insoluble plant fiber that will help clean out your digestive tract, as well as your blood.
- Put 2 cups filtered water in the BlendTec Total Blender or blender of your choice.
- Add your greens in first. (2-3 handfuls) Use a variety. Blend until pureed.
- Now add frozen or fresh fruits and any other ingredients you want to include.
- Mix until smooth and you don’t see any chunks. (I personally put everything in my blender in this order and turn the baby on and it blends it up without having to stop and add or stir) It’s amazing!
- spinach, chard, kale, collards, parsley, leaf lettuces, beet greens, (spinach being the most mild in flavor). Turnip, mustard, dandelion greens, and arugula -use sparingly, as they are spicy and a little bitter.
- cucumber, celery
- berries, peaches, apples, mango, apricots, cantaloupe, pineapple. Bananas add a creamy texture and make your smoothie sweet. Avocados are great to give you some needed healthy fat.
Add 1/2 can of coconut milk. This gives it a little creamy texture and coconut flavor. Coconut milk has a lot of nutritional benefits as well.
Add 2-3 Tablespoons of flax oil to get your omega 3’s
Chia seeds are great to add to your smoothies to give you some awesome added nutritional benefits.
Beginners and those trying to convert children, consider using LESS greens and MORE fruit (especially berries and bananas) in the beginning. Gradually work up to more greens.
Grow your own produce, if possible. You will save a lot of money. I freeze a lot of kale and peaches in the summer and that usually last us through the winter.
Costco has great deals on their organic spinach. If you don’t use it all before it starts to go bad, simply put it in a zip baggie and freeze for your smoothies only.
I buy several bunches of bananas at Costco or wherever else they are on sale. If they don’t get eaten or used up, I peel them, break them in half and freeze them on a cookie sheet and then place in a zip baggie. I prefer them frozen for my smoothies anyway.
For better absorption of nutrients and to help your body digest the smoothie better, you need to “chew” your smoothie. Yes, chew it, (even though it is smooth and liquified) this adds digestive juices and enzymes from saliva to your food before it goes in your stomach. Chew and swish around in your mouth until it becomes warm and changes consistency a little and then swallow.