“The green leanie, lives on its back, the green leanie, loves chimney stacks, he’s outrageous he screams and he bawls, the green leanie, let yourself go…..ohhhhhhhhhh” I’m sure Bowie would approve of such a smoothie. He’s looking good for an oldie.
Here is a smoothie that really gets you flying in the morning. Leave the espresso on the side and quaff one of these green beauts, you’ll be zinging ’til lunch.
When its early in the day and our bodies are just waking up, the last thing the want is a mass in the belly to digest. That’s the good thing about a smoothie, its basically pre-digested! Sounds disgusting, but is true. The blender does alot of the work your digestive system would have done, meaning the nutrients are there to be had with very little effort. Smoothies are a gentle way to nourish yourself, your body will love you for it.
I know what you’re thinking, another green smoothie! But this one has a very different flavour and green happens to be my favourite colour. I remember a massive advertisement campaign when I was a nipper, ‘a Mars (insanely sweet and rubbish chocolate bar) a day helps you work, rest and play’. That seemed to be the nutritional advice heeded by many folk when I was younger. Well heres a new one, highlighting our evolution as a species, ‘a green leanie a day will help shine, smile and basically feel a heck of alot better about everything’. Not as catchy, but true enough for us.
A green smoothie per day is brilliant for you, ‘green’ meaning containing green leaves (ie kale, spinach, spring greens etc). A good blender really gets to work on the fibre, breaking it down into easily absorbed particles. They act as a blood toxifier, are high in enzymes and minerals and are low in cholesterol. They are also full of chlorophyll, which makes your skin glow and flushes out baddies, like disease and toxins.
Enzymes are an important part of our diet, our body over time does not produce enough to replenish our system. We use enzymes when digesting food and without the adequate level, do not absorb nutrients efficiently. When you drink a green smoothie, you’re getting a shot of pure enzymes.
Smoothies are ideal for packing nutrients in, we need as many as we can get. Following you’re five a day is fine, but you could always make it ten! Why not? The more the merrier. In one smoothie we can fit in the nutritional equivalent of three vegetable based meals. These smoothies contain no milk, just water. Jane and I prefer them like this, they taste cleaner. This is also the ideal type of smoothie if you fancy a bit of detox.
So smoothies are the way forward for us all, it will take a little change in culture, but I can see smoothie bars being more popular than your corner cafe in the future. The French will be sitting on boulevards sipping shots of wheatgrass and kale smoothies from elegant glasses. This is the future…….
This combo arose out of one of our fruit bowls (we need more than one at the minute, we are munching loads of fruit) and the veg drawer. The combination of bits in a green smoothie is wide and wonderful.
We love to serve our smoothies in nice glassware, show them some love, so does our lovely friend freeflowfoodie, a blog with amazing energy and of course, smoothies in funky glasses!
Green Leanie Smoothie
This makes a large blender full. Good enough for breakfast and lunch.
1 handful of spring greens, 1 handful of spinach, 1 apple, 1 pear, 1/2 handful of mint leaves, 1 stalk of celery, 1 inch cube of ginger (finely sliced), 1 handful of chopped canteloupe melon cubes (any sweet melon really), 1 cup of clean water
Optional – Add bananas if you like sweet smoothie, add strawberries if they are in season, add fennel if you want to try something new (great aniseed kick there).
Blitz in a blender until smooth. The better the blender, the better the smoothie. It will be better broken down.
Straight into nice glassware or pour over a fruit salad/ bowl of cereal.
We Love It!
The best way to start a day. That’s it really.
Spring greens are actually young, tender cabbage plants, without the tough stem in the middle. Spring greens are great veg for lowering your cholesterol, which is actually more effective when steamed. When eaten raw they also contains sinigrin, a great thing for fighting the big ‘C’.