THE POWER OF GREENS
1 – 2 cups of greens (start out with one cup and work your way up)
2 – 3 fruits (could be frozen)
2 cups of fluid: water, coconut water or water with a little fruit juice, (e.g. pomegranate juice)
Blend well in the blender – you might want to chop the greens and fruits if your blender is not high-powered.
I like to use water with pomegranate juice, as it’s high in anti-oxidants. Or coconut water for electrolytes. Or just plain water. Frozen blueberries with an avocado or banana (the last two smooth out the texture) tends to be my personal fave, but use what you like / what you have on hand. You could also make a SAVORY GREEN SMOOTHIE, with no fruits – adding tomatoes, avocados (which technically are fruits, but are more savory), garlic, onions, scallions. The juice of a lime, or a lemon adds a nice touch.
Flax seed oil is great to add or ground flax seed, but be careful about using the flax meal itself. It must be ground fresh, and then stored in the fridge or freezer (as you would the flax seed oil). Flax seed has a high degree of rancidity.
Nuts can be added – walnuts, cashews, almonds, brazil nuts (perhaps chop them a bit at first, to help your blender).
It’s really important to vary the fruits/ vegetables you use – for one, you won’t get bored with the drink, for another you’ll get a more diverse sampling of nutrients.
GREENS: Kale, beet greens, swiss chard, collards, romaine lettuce (any lettuce but not iceberg), spinach, mizuma, arugula, celery, edible flowers, endive, escarole, mustard greens, radicchio, radish tops
WEEDS: chickweed, clover (greens and flowers), dandelion (greens and flowers), lambsquarters, plantain, purslane, stinging nettles, lemon, sorrel, garlic mustard, wild chives (aka onion grass)
HERBS: aloe vera, dill, basil, cilantro, mint, parsley
SPROUTS: alfalfa, broccoli, clover, fenugreek, radish, sunflower
This is a high protein drink, without using protein powders, many of which have heavy metals in them. Most Americans either consume too much protein, or the quality of the protein is not digestible. With the greens, the chain of amino acids is more easily assimilated, as opposed to meats and dairy whose complex chains are harder to digest. When the body has too much protein, and cannot digest it, this taxes the kidneys – one side effect is that the perspiration can smell like ammonia, which means your sweat smells like urine. This is not uncommon, and if the person goes off the protein powders and drinks these type of smoothies, this will correct itself.
For some people, taking in raw fruits and vegetables may be problematic at first. If you notice this, start slowly. Signs of this could be: bloating, gas, loose bowels. What would be good to add is ginger – a warming essence – to your diet. Ginger tea is one way – fresh is best, but a good bag tea would suffice.