I read Victoria Boutenko’s Green Smoothie Revolution last night. It’s a slim volume and a quick read. Full of inspiring recipes. She lays out the benefits of drinking a quart of green smoothie daily, addresses the need to rotate greens, experiments to compare oxidation of ingredients in smoothies and juices, and touches on serving green smoothies to pets and children. Because the greens are blended, they are broken down further than we tend to do when chewing greens in a salad, thus the nutrients are more readily assimilated.
Luke is usually gone during the week by the time I’ve been up long enough to be hungry. But on the weekends I push the limits of the Vita-Mix to make enough sweet smoothie love for everyone. I also tend to make simple smoothies — 3 or 4, maybe 5 ingredients. But I didn’t have enough of any one thing to make a usual smoothie this weekend, so I ended up scrounging in the fridge and fruit bowl and tossing in whatever I could find to bump up the volume.
- frozen strawberries
- frozen cherries
- 1 carrot
- 5 leaves kale
- 2 leaves romaine
- 2 Tbs chia seeds
- 2 Tbs ground flaxseeds
Once the mixture is blended up, add chia and flax seeds and process for a little bit more.
We love buckwheat crunchies and goji berries on top of our smoothies. I soak, rinse and dehydrate raw (not toasted) buckwheat groats which keep pretty well in a jar in the cupboard. These add a nice crunch to the smoothie. Sometimes I sprinkle some chia seeds on top if I haven’t added them directly to the smoothie. If you do add them to the smoothie, only do so if you’ll be consuming them immediately. The lovely mucilaginous properties of chia turn your smoothie into a puddingish dish that you may not have been expecting.
Tip for green smoothie joy — mix it up. Don’t make the same smoothie every day. Your body needs the variety that different mixes bring, and eating the same greens all the time allows the alkaloids present in that particular green to build up and cause trouble. It is not as important to rotate the fruit since they rarely contain alkaloids, but a greater variety will ensure a more well-rounded nutrient intake and is something you should shoot for. My green smoothies aren’t always green (using red or blue berries will ensure a lovely mauveish brown color) but they sure are sweet!