Friday, February 18, 2011

Green Smoothie

                        Healthy Green "Shamrock" Smoothie

Looks can be deceiving!

In honor of the quickly approaching St. Patrick's Day, I thought I would share with you my recipe for a healthy raw food green smoothie. A food is considered raw if "uncooked" or prepared below 116F, above this foods start to loose essential nutrients. We are by no means "experts" in this field, only concerned about trying to live a healthy lifestyle which in turn may:increase energy levels (all for that), give a youthful radiance to the complexion (yeah!), decrease number of doctor visits(you got my attention now) and aide in weight loss(sign me up!). In all seriousness,  we have found it to be true for us that if we change what we are putting into our bodies there are noticeable differences in how we feel. So if you are looking for something other than the green beer this year, why not give it a try, you just might like it and decide to make it your everyday drink!

Simple Healthy Raw Ingredients:
  1-2 leaves of curly Kale (we remove leaves from stem as we use a blender, don't have a Vit-a-mix, to blend the drink)

Fresh Italian Parsley (break off as much as you would like, more or less)

Fresh Mint (take off as many leaves as you like, we love mint so I use quite a few)

Fresh Ginger (peel and grate as much to your taste as you like)

One Apple (skin on and roughly sliced or whole if using a Vit-A-Mix)

6-8 cups of water (we use filtered, ice cold water from the fridge)

Note: It is always best when possible to use organic products.

Place all ingredients in blender/Vit-A-Mix and blend until smooth. If too thick, add additional water. Now for the best part!! The health benefits!!!!

Kale :rich in calcium,lutein,iron,Vitamins A,C and K. High in fiber.Seven times the beta carotene of broccoli and ten times more lutein. (Health facts by Dr. Linda Posh)
Italian Parsley: rich in Vitamins A,C, minerals,iron and calcium. (Health facts from USDA Release 18 2005)
Mint: aside from the beautiful fragrance and great taste it is know to settle nervous stomachs and slow the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi.(Health facts from A2Z of Health , Beauty and Fitness)
Apple: "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" phytonutrients regulate blood sugar. Fiber, antioxidant.(Health facts George Mateljan Foundation)

I hope you will give this a try and  even be inspired to make up your own healthy raw green  smoothie! Let me know what you come up with I'd love to know!
                       To your good  health!!!

Remember looks can be deceiving!

1 comment:

  1. My kiddos and I enjoy smoothies every Wednesday for breakfast. This morning we had spinach, berry, and banana smoothies! I think we'll have to add this one on to the list of recipes to try! Thanks for the recipe!