Green and delicious juice

If there is one thing I am really addicted to – it is having my green juice and/or green smoothies every day!

In the beginning it was just me onboard – I would make a big batch of green smoothie, put it in the fridge or take it with me in a thermos, sip of it all day and feel great. Quite quickly, actually within a couple of days, I could hear my husband “sneaking” into the fridge and pouring himself a smoothie 🙂 and before too long – starting to insist and complaining if the jug in the fridge was empty!

To start with, the kids would hold their noses and shake their heads when they saw us drinking “the green stuff” and we would smile and say “cheers”. Then one day they too wanted to try. Time went by and we would drink fruit smoothies with almonds in the mornings, then one day:-)  “Mom, it’s not fair that you have finished off the green smoothies by the time we come home from school”!!

Now there is a fresh batch of green juice or a green smoothie everyday after school.

This  juice is made from :

A fresh bunch of Kale

10 green green apples

1 lemon and

a piece of fresh ginger

served on the rocks, of course.

A great afternoon snack!

Happy weekend !!

Smoothie Love

When I am asked what is the most important thing you can do to your health. I say add green smoothies to your diet. Green smoothies are purified love for your body, instant nourishment.  Green smoothies are the easiest and healthiest fast food ever. Make enough to bring to work, have it in the fridge and pour yourself a snack before attacking the bag of salt and vinegar crisps or the filled chocolate bar (chances are you wont even feel like eating the chips or the filled chocolate bar afterwards)

We need greens and fruit, we all know that. But many of us do not get enough, in fact we get way to little. Why? Because it is hard/impossible to eat our way through the amounts of vegetable and fruits we really need in order to stay healthy. Just look at your dinner plate – how much of that are Veggies and greens? Don’t you usually eat the meat and potatoes first and then when you are full, you eat a little bit of salad ? I know I did and as a consequence I lacked important nutrients.

Smoothies are an amazing and easy way to load up on greens and fruit. You would not be able to eat it all, but when you blend it into a delicious smoothie, you drink huge amounts of fruits and greens without even thinking about it – and it taste so good!

The trick is to add leafy greens – the chlorophyll in the greens are full of goodness, it heals and cleanses the organs in your body, it is like bathing the inside of your body with sunshine. I use the different kinds of kale, spinach, carrot tops, parsley, collard then I add different kinds of fruits like banana,pineapple, orange, peaches, grapes, mango the fruit adds sweetness and flavor. I add some water to give it the right consistency. I may also add a little fresh ginger and a bit of lemon or lime.  I also add some frozen fruit to make the drink cool.

This one is one of my favorites:

Kale 4-5 leaves

1 apple cut into smaller bits (If you have the high power blender you can leave in the core and seeds)

1 lime fruit

a couple of handfuls grapes ( frozen)

a small piece of ginger

water

Tips

It is important to use a powerful blender because some of the the greens like kale and carrot tops are quite tough so a normal blender will not be able to blend it smooth.

Remember colors – red and green = brown and may turn some people off

Veggies – only use the leafy greens – raw carrots are great for juicing but do not blend well.

Please make sure you thoroughly wash and clean all greens and fruit before you blend

I recommend you buy the book “Green for Life” by Victoria Boutenko.