About a decade ago while researching health, I found out about the wonderful health benefits of Green Smoothies and while I still love juicing, there are definite benefits to both juicing and smoothies which makes me love them both and usually I will have a juice and a smoothie each day. The one benefit to green smoothies and including the insoluble fiber in it is that each little particle of masticated (blended) greens carries 10 times its volume in toxins out of your body. Since my body can be pretty toxic at times, I drink them almost daily.
The other benefit of green smoothies is that a combination of greens will give you all the aminos that your body typically gets from animal protein, so if you are trying to cut out animal Products, Green smoothies can be your best friend.
Isn’t it crazy that all cows eat are greens and they get huge. Part of the bodies ability to absorb all the nutrients is making sure that the greens are really masticated or chewed up (think about how long and slow a cow chews). I have found that the Vitamix is the absolute best (and I have tried them all), it is a bit spendy, but this machine makes the smoothest smoothies and can do a whole slew of other things too. Think Nut butters, soups, sauces… It is really amazing.
One of the books that I first read about green smoothies was Green for Life. It is a really good book in terms of content, however the author is very opinionated about what you “must” do. Although I don’t necessarily appreciate her editorial viewpoint, I do love the rest of the content in the book.
Here is one of the recipes I will use when I feel like I might be coming down with something. There is a scoring level for antioxidants in food called the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) score for all foods. This score measures how many free radicals the food can eliminate. The Higher the score, the more free radicals it can get rid of. When we think of antioxidant rich foods, we typically think of blueberries. A handful of blueberries scores 6,000 on the ORAC chart. The Cloves and Clove oil in the On Guard Essential Oil Blend score 314,446!!! Try this recipe and get your health on!!!!
- 1 cup Collard Greens
- 1 orange Peeled
- 10 almonds
- 2 cloves
- 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 drop On Guard Essential Oil
- 1 cup water
I put the greens in the blender first so the other stuff weighs it down, then add the rest. Blend very well, as the smaller the greens are chopped up, the more effectively they can cary toxins out of your body. I use a Vitamix blender (no I don’t get paid to say that, but it is an affiliate link, so if you are considering buying one, I would love if you did it through this link so that I can make a small commission). Blend until everything is masticated and enjoy.