Supercharge Your Energy With Green Smoothies

Supercharge Your Energy With Green Smoothies

I love leafy greens! When I was a little girl I was the only kid in the neighborhood asking my mom to cook more spinach and collard greens. In 2008 I discovered a whole new way to enjoy my favorite leafy greens in green smoothies. Inspired by Victoria Boutenko raw foodist and author of “Green for Life” and “Green Smoothie Revolution” I embraced drinking green smoothies daily for breakfast and snacks. I was curious to see if these smoothies would make a big difference in my health.

 

After two weeks of drinking daily green smoothies I noticed I had more energy throughout the day and no longer needed caffeine or sugar to jumpstart my morning. After one month I had lost ten pounds and I felt energized and more focused. After 6 months of drinking green smoothies I felt like a whole new person. My skin was clearer, my energy was great, and my daily indigestion was a thing of the past. What a revelation! I started getting my family and friends to drink my smoothie blends and they experienced similar results.

 

If you have never thought about drinking your leafy greens then you are in for a big surprise because green smoothies taste amazing! Green smoothies are vivid green liquid nutrition that tastes yummy and provides you with a boost of energy and hydration in a glass. Combining green leafy vegetables and fruits in a smoothie is the perfect way for you to enjoy nutrient-dense whole foods in an ideal and easy way. Blending leafy greens and fruits into a liquid form ruptures the plant cell walls which allow the nutrients that are stored within the plants cells to be available to our bodies on a cellular level.  Green smoothies are also easy for our bodies to digest because the action of blending breaks down the fiber into a liquid form that is much easier to digest and use.

 

Plant food or leafy greens and fruits are filled with protein, amino acids, antioxidants, phytonutrients, enzymes, polyphenols, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. In addition, leafy greens contain high levels of chlorophyll which is the plasma and green pigment of the plant which is a potent blood builder. Chlorophyll is biochemically almost identical to hemoglobin in human blood with the only exception being that chlorophyll is bound by an atom of magnesium and hemoglobin is bound by an atom of iron. When making your green smoothies make sure you eat with the seasons rotating your fruits and leafy greens frequently so that you can receive a wide variety of diverse flavors and nutrients.

 

Drinking green smoothies on a regular basis will:
•    Help support your immune system so it can stay strong.
•    Is a easy way for you to eat more nutrient-dense foods.
•    Helps support your weight loss efforts in an simple and effective way.
•    Substantially boost your energy levels and stamina.
•    Promote better digestion with lots of key nutrients your body needs.
•    Help reduce cravings for refined sugar and caffeine.

 

I will be posting easy recipes for my favorite green smoothies in future posts so check back frequently. My new holistic cookbook “Deliciously Holistic” which is now available in both a eBook and print book also has lots of great smoothie recipes to try!

 

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Comments

  1. Hey Shelley. Thank youfor the insight. I am not a great eater especially in the mornings. I could drink one of the smoothies for sure. It is so important to eat in the morning I know. The energy I would have. Yummy. Keep the posts coming and I look forward to some recipes, I would like to give to my wife to make for us.
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    • Hi Darryl, having a tasty green smoothie in the morning is one of the easiest and quickest breakfasts you can enjoy and it will give you lots of energy to start your day off right.

  2. Thanks Shelley for sharing your leafy green smoothies. I never realized how breaking down the leafy greens exposes the nutrients, fiber and all the good stuff for us. I am not a big smoothie drinker, but I do want to see your recipes to give it a try. I will also be sure to share your post with my sister who is a nutritional nut. Not that is a bad thing, lol. I just still have to have some of my sweets, but I keep it in balance with healthier eating and lots of exercise.
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    • Hi Lynn, I will be posting some of my favorite smoothie recipes but you can also check out my other post on 5 easy tips for making the best green smoothies to find out how to make them. Thanks for sharing my post with your sister.

  3. The picture is sooo yummy! Although I am not a fan of raw vegetables, I prefer them cooked I have to say I am curious to learn more about these recipes now.
    Please let me know when you will post the recipes, I know the power of antioxidants and the only reason I am not a regular eater of greens is the lack of imagination on how to prepare them and serve them!
    Creative and useful way to be and stay healthy.

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Patricia, thanks for the comments! I have some recipes posted for green smoothies so check them out. I will be posting more in the near future so check back soon.

  4. I can’t say as I am a green smoothie drinker.. I know the benefits and totally understand how great it is for the body.. I do add spinach to my smoothies sometimes, but it isn’t usually that green in the end, but I figure it is a good start… I look forward to seeing some of your recipes!
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    • Hi Holly, the easiest smoothies to enjoy when you first start adding greens are smoothies that have mild greens like baby spinach or baby greens. These greens have a mild flavor that blends well with fruit.

  5. LOVE green smoothies and their benefits! They tie in perfectly with what I try to teach my clients on healthy eating that aids in working towards a balanced body, mind and spirit in Specialised Kinesiology. http://melissaburgerkinesiology.co.za. Thanks Shelley!

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Melissa, I love green smoothies too! Their wonderful taste and great health benefits had me at Hello! I sure your clients appreciate you helping them work towards achieving balance and vibrant health. Thanks for sharing and check back for more new green smoothie recipes, I will be posting one this week.

  6. Hi Shelley, green smoothies might look weird, but they taste really good as long as you add some fruit. The first green smoothie I tried was Odwalla Green Machine, and I don’t know what tempted me because it looked gross, but I LOVED IT! :)good info!-Roxy

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Roxy, Some people may think the green color is strange because their used to drinking all fruit smoothies. The taste of green smoothies makes up for the looks hands down. 🙂

  7. Shelley,
    Not certain what should I say to you right now EXCEPT THANK YOU.. I love to come to your site because you always have so much to offer… this morning came to this post and loved it… I just had a morning smoothie my self.. but not with the green leaf stuff… why? Because I lost the urge to eat them BUT after reading how great they can be and how delicious they can be… well, here is me going to the store to get some and start doing it my self as well (I can release about 10 LB of fat that was accumulated around my waist :-0

    Thanks so much again and please keep on sharing, there is so much that you know about health and nutrition… I love to always come by and learn.
    Thanks again .
    NickC
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Nick, Thanks so much for sharing you thoughts on my site and green smoothies! I’m truly grateful that my posts are helping you to lead a healthier lifestyle. Stop by and let me know your progress! Here’s To Your Vibrant Health!

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