Addicted to green smoothies!

My sister recently suggested I read Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko. She said the book had changed her life! (How’s that for a recommendation?!) Ms. Boutenko is a raw foods pioneer and natural health advocate. She writes about the immense health benefits of eating more greens — how they eliminate toxins in the body and correct nutritional deficiencies. She suggests that the easiest way to consume sufficient amount of greens is to make and drink green smoothies.

And thus began our addiction to green smoothies!! We make them every day. It’s such an easy way to eat spinach, kale, chard and other extremely healthy green vegetables. She also argues that we should be eating more of the green parts of vegetables — the green bits of strawberries (just throw the whole strawberries, stems included, into your blender!), the greens of carrots, beet greens, etc. I don’t think I’ll ever toss those green bits away again! Plus, it’s so much easier to throw it all into your blender without removing the stems.

In addition to the greens, we also add sweet fruit like bananas, mangoes, strawberries, apples, etc. So the smoothies are not only extremely healthy, they’re super yummy! My kids are as addicted as I am! Here is one of our favourite sweet green smoothie recipes from the Green for Life book:

1 cup chard
1 cup spinach
10 strawberries, stems included
1 mango, peeled
1 apple
1 banana
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cups water

And another recipe we also like (a bit less sweet – more healthy tasting!) is this one which we’ve sort of created ourselves:

2 avocados
1-2 cups of spinach
1 bunch of mint, stems included
1 bunch of parsley, stems included
1 apple
2 kiwis
1 cup apple juice

Try it! It’s delicious! And please share your green smoothie recipes. We would love to have more options!

x Courtney

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1. hansel y greta | April 11, 2013 | Reply

Oooh! I had planned to buy a blender this week! I sure we’ll try your recipe very soon! Thank you very much! :)

2. Hanna (mapart.me) | April 11, 2013 | Reply

Hi, I’ll have to try the first recipe today, it looks so yummy! Do you use frozen strawberries?
I made this smoothie: http://instagram.com/p/XZwwRKrjki/ (oranges, pinapple, spinach, without collards) 2 weeks ago and I’m doing it over and over again since then – it’s so delicious! And everyone in my family loves it, especially my 1 year old son :) Sometimes he denies eating anything else. But I guess Marlow is a little bit too young for it unfortunately…

3. Mitali | April 11, 2013 | Reply

May I ask you which blender you are using to make them?!

4. Courtney in London | April 11, 2013

Hi Mitali,
We recently bought a Magimix blender! The house we rented over Christmas had one of these blenders and we really loved it. So we bought one for ourselves. It’s so great – it even blends apples and hard veggies. And it’s easy to clean and easy to use.
xxx

5. Engracia | April 11, 2013 | Reply

I have tried quite a few, I love them, but this is my preferred recipe (I try to use organic where I can as well):
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups water
1 head cos lettuce, chopped
3-4 stalks celery
1/2 head of a large bunch or 3/4 of a small bunch of spinach
1 apple, cored and chopped
1 pear, cored and chopped
1 banana
Juice of 1/2 fresh lemon
optional:
1/3 bunch organic coriander (stems okay)
1/3 bunch organic parsley (stems okay)
Directions:
Add the water and chopped head of cos lettuce to the blender. Starting the blender at low speed, mix until smoothe. Gradually moving to higher speeds, add the celery, apple and pear. Add the coriander and parsley, if you are choosing to add them. Add the banana and lemon juice last.
This usually lasts me 3 days (I drink 1 glass per day) and the flavour doesn’t change.
Cheers
Engracia

6. Nixie | April 11, 2013 | Reply

I think this book is amazing too, we got a vitamix and have been making smoothies every day for my family for the last 18 months. I’m sure it helps us to keep our immune systems stronger.

7. Lisa | April 11, 2013 | Reply

ladies i’m inspired…..Just a quick question ….so you are using blenders rather than juicers? I have neither right now but have been planning to invest for awhile and a blender would be easier to use for other stuff….just thought you couldn’t make juices / smoothies unless you juiced them….so a regular magimix does the trick ?

8. Courtney in London | April 11, 2013

Hi Lisa,
I think a blender is maybe more practical because it does more stuff. (You can even blend soups and make sauces! We’ve used our blender to make our pizza sauce!) And yes, our Magimix really does EVERYTHING we need it to do to make great smoothies. I highly recommend it. xx C

9. Meta | April 11, 2013 | Reply

We eat green smoothies everyday too, although sometimes mine look more brown. I like to put a little homemade almond butter in my smoothies, it makes them sweet and more filling.

10. Courtney in London | April 11, 2013

Meta,
Almond butter!! Yumm. I will definitely try that. Thanks for the tip! x

11. Esther in Amsterdam | April 11, 2013 | Reply

I loved the smoothies you made for us last week!!!! I ordered that book too. xxx

12. Mitali | April 11, 2013 | Reply

Thanks Courtney, I will have a look at the Magimix. I would love a Vitamix but they are just so very expensive…

13. Jackie | April 11, 2013 | Reply

Thank you fir the great duggestions. Our favourite so far is 1 cup frozen blueberry, 1 banana, two cups of spinach and a splash of water.

Jackie

14. Jerica | April 12, 2013 | Reply

Frozen berries are our key ingredients for smoothies. Especially raspberry! Anyhing goes with it.
The kids love it when we use joghurt aswell and of course maple syrup or elderflower cordial to sweeten it up (not so healthy but the elderflower is too good). I will try adding more greens now, thanks, courtney for the inspiration.

15. Sofia | April 13, 2013 | Reply

We´ve also gotten hooked on smoothies (green as well as other colors, our 3 year old loves them pink of course). Great suggestion to leave the stems on, will definitely try next time. We love adding fresh pineapple too and basil is yummy with strawberry, avocado, banana and spinach. If you like coconutty flavor maybe you might like a bit of coconut milk/cream or a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil ( I know it sounds weird but it´s super good for you and just tastes like coconut, not oily). Almond butter sounded yummy, will try that too.

16. Lucy | April 16, 2013 | Reply

This may sound incredibly dumb but what is a cup? In measurement?

Thanks
Lucy

17. Courtney in London | April 17, 2013

Hi Lucy,
Sorry! I always forget about the difference between the US measurements and the European way!
I think a cup measurement is around 250ml if you’re measuring liquid measurements.
Hope that helps! xx Courtney

18. Meaghan Roozen | April 19, 2013 | Reply

I get so excited when I hear people talking about green smoothies. Such a nerd! Just read all the comments and love the enthusiasm. Also, your straws make green smoothies look fun! Xo

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