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Ode to Green GREEN Smoothies

There's nothing like green green smoothies to cleanse & energize the soul!

 

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by Catherine @AlmostRawVegan.com in Advice, Smoothies

If you’ve been following me for a while, you will know that Green GREEN Smoothies are most definitely my favourite – I feel so much better when I reduce the fruit (i.e. include no more than 1-2 apples/pears and 1-2 limes/lemons) and combine with TONS of greens (i.e. any combination of celery, cucumber, broccoli stalks, parsley, cilantro, sprouts, leafy greens, ginger or garlic).

It’s this combo of minimal fruit and LOTS of greens that make you feel “cleaner”, have more energy, more “clarity of mind”, your skin/complexion will look & feel better (thanks to the hydrating cucumber & celery), your eyes will be clearer and brighter – Personally, I just love, LOVE how I feel when I get my megga dose of greens!

Why? It’s simple! It’s the MAGIC of the chlorophyll that makes you feel so amazing! Get the details HERE to learn more about the magic of greens!

The difference you feel when you have a Green GREEN Smoothie vs. a more fruit based smoothie is like night and day.  Not to say the fruit smoothies are not good for you. They are! All the ARV smoothies are super nutritious, but the Green GREEN Smoothies will bring you to a place where your energy levels, clarity of mind and overall well-being will be well beyond what the more fruit based smoothies could ever provide.

OK, but if you are new to Smoothies – don’t worry about all this Green GREEN Smoothie talk!  If you are just starting to add more plant-based eats to your diet, and new to the smoothie world I recommend you start with more fruit and less greens until your taste buds have had a chance to adjust to the greens. I suggest you start with 80% fruit and 20% greens (spinach is a great mild green to start with) with the goal of working towards the reverse ratio, i.e. gradually reduce your fruit while increasing your greens until you reach a ratio of 80% greens and 20% fruit.  It could take you a few weeks to make the shift or it might take you several months or longer – all you need to do is gradually add more greens with each smoothie and before you know it your body will start to crave CRAVE more and more greens (no really!!).

Visit My Smoothie Approach for more insight on how to create smoothies!

It took me a few months to get there… but now, I love LOVE my daily dose of Green GREEN Smoothies! Give it a try, you will be totally surprised at how amazing you feel!

What about you?  Do you love LOVE your Green GREEN Smoothies (yet)?  Be sure to leave a comment below and tell us the approach you took to adding more greens to your smoothies!

Today’s HOLY Green Goddess is a perfect example of one of my Green GREEN Smoothies…. this particular smoothie is also very high in fiber, an excellent source of vitamins A & C, high in potassium and it also provides an excellent dose of calcium & iron. Plus, if you enjoy a 2-litre servings like I often do, you will get a whopping 11 grams of wonderful plant-based protein!

Ingredients:

Makes 2 litres (for me that’s 1 servings! ;-))

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 green apples, core removed and chopped
  • 2 limes, peel removed and cut in quarters
  • 2 inches fresh gingerroot
  • 1/2 cucumber, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 cups sunflower sprouts
  • 1/2 head romaine, chopped

Add all ingredients to the blender.  Blend on low speed and gradually increase speed.  Blend on high for a minute or two until smooth and frothy.  To learn more about how I create smoothies visit My Smoothie Approach and if you are looking to purchase a blender visit my post on Choosing a Blender for some ideas that will fit any budget.

Ok, over to you, are you lovin’ your Green GREEN Smoothies?  Leave a comment below and share your favourites!

Here are eight (8) more Green GREEN Smoothie recipes:

AlmostRawVegan.com - Eight (8) Green GREEN Smoothies

Green Zen

I find the green smoothies are my favourite, especially this one which I find very Zen like, relaxing, soothing and oh-so-nutritious! It’s very high in Vitamin’s A & C, a good source for calcium and iron and high in dietary fiber.  I especially love…

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Refreshing Green Smoothie

I’m currently on a “green GREEN smoothie” kick :-)  what that means is I’m using minimal fruit and mostly greens in my smoothies. I don’t know about you, but I feel sooooo much “cleaner” and “energized” when I enjoy really green smoothies…

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Cleansing Green Smoothie

I do love greeny green smoothies and have many green smoothies that may interest you like Thick & Frothy Green Smoothie, GrGrGreen Smoothie, Greeny Green Smoothie, Greeny Smoothie and finally today’s Cleansing Green Smoothie which is a little different than all the rest. :-)…..

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Thick & Frothy Green Smoothie

I do love pure green smoothies! I am always amazed at how much cleaner/fresher I feel after a very green smoothie vs. a more fruit based smoothie.  If had to choose only one flavour of smoothie from this day forward, there’s no doubt I would….

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GrGrGreen Smoothie

A delicious cleansing smoothy that is good to have ANY and EVERY day!!  You can rotate your greens, add pea sprouts or sunflower sprouts when you have them for an extra nutritional boost…..

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Greeny Green Smoothie

This baby is not for the faint-at-heart, but it is – without a doubt – the height of nutrition with a mega dose of greens and all things good.  But be forewarned, if you are just transitioning to plant based….

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Greeny Smoothie

Here’s a very green smoothy, chocked full of vitamins and nutrients to keep you going a long, long time.  Who needs a multi-vitamin when you can have a smoothy like this instead. Nature’s bounty of nutrients ….

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1-Day Mini-Cleanse

Do you ever feel like your body just needs a quick reset?  Perhaps you are a little more tired than usual. Perhaps you’ve been working too much and not exercising enough. Perhaps you’ve been eating a little more than usual or eating things…

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6 Comments
  1. Lorna says:

    Hi Catherine,
    I’m new to the green smoothie thing and am sometimes put off by the taste a bit. Is it okay to add more fruits for now? Such as bananas and apples? Will it cancel out the effects of the Cleansing Green Smoothie? Thanks for your time!

    1. Hi Lorna – oh yes, absolutely you can add more fruit – when I started I included a banana in almost all my smoothies – banana & raspberry combination was my favourite 😀 – but with time I used less fruit and eventually graduated to the green Green smoothies …. it’s true the green smoothies are much more healing and nutritious, but a green smoothie with fruit added is better than no smoothie 🙂 so feel free to include a little fruit and work your way to more greens! I hope that helps… keep me posted xox

  2. I need to drink more green smoothies. This is a good prompt for me. Thank you!

    1. Catherine Droessler says:

      Hi Ellen – so glad you feel prompted 😉 you’ll have to let me know how you enjoy them! xo

  3. Carolyn says:

    WOW! This goes beyond regular green smoothies into the domain of the ultra-healthy, ultra-energizing concoctions! I can’t wait to try one of these recipes!

    1. Catherine Droessler says:

      Awww thanks so much Carolyn! You are right, it’s a whole new world with Green GREEN Smoothies….once you go Green you won’t go back! 😉 xox Let me know how you like them!

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