Thursday, October 18, 2012

Green Smoothies That Help Reduce Your Stress - Important for Your Health and Wellness



STRESS FREE GREEN SMOOTHIES

 Picture from Whole Living Action Plan

All of the smoothie recipes below will help your body stay healthy, especially under stress.   All smoothies have flax seed, and dark green leafy vegetables along with fruit.   Green Smoothies have wonderful health benefits. Here are just a few:

1. Natural Weight Loss
Drinking a green smoothie is the best thing you can do to lose weight. Green smoothies provide the nutrition, vitamins, minerals, healthy carbohydrates, fiber and low fat whole food that you need to lose weight quickly, safely and effectively without starving yourself. Many people who start drinking green smoothies for a few weeks’ notice that their cravings for junk foods were greatly reduced and they actually began craving healthy food options!
2. Increased Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables (Particularly Greens)
The American Cancer Society recommends that we eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day to prevent cancer and other diseases. Green smoothies are a quick and convenient way to get your vegetables and dark, leafy greens without tasting them. The fruit masks the flavor so even though all you taste is pineapple, mango, banana or strawberry, you are consuming a healthy dose of spinach, carrots, tomatoes and any other vegetable that you put in.
3. Easier Digestibility and Nutrient Assimilation
Blending fruits and vegetables together breaks down the cells of plants and improves digestibility. Your blender unlocks the nutrients and maximizes their delivery to your body more than chewing any salad could. Smoothies are quicker and more convenient than preparing and thoroughly chewing a salad, especially when you are on the go.
4. Antioxidants
Green Smoothies are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients. Not only are you giving your body the best defences for disease, but you are ingesting a variety of natural substances that are essential for optimum health and fitness.
5. Increased Energy
Smoothies provide a powerful boost of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients without bogging down your digestive system. Since you are eating natural, whole foods in the most optimum form for your digestibility and nutrient absorption, you will have more energy to get things done and enjoy your day.
6. Mental Clarity and Focus
With a healthier diet comes greater mental clarity and focus. Green smoothies can replace your morning coffee ritual. Since becoming caffeine-free, many people experience greater alertness, energy and dramatically reduce anxiety and nervousness that they used to deal with on a daily basis.
7. Increased Fiber Intake
Unlike fruit juice or using a juicing machine, green smoothies use the whole fruit and vegetable so that you get all the fiber and nutrition. Fiber is essential for good colon health and it keeps your bowels in working order.
8. Clearer Skin
Clearer, radiant skin is an often-reported benefit to eating healthier. Smoothies are high in fiber and allow your body to eliminate toxins the right way instead of through your skin.
9. Reduce Cravings
Green smoothies reduce cravings for junk foods, unhealthy sweets, salt and fats. You will find that after a few weeks of drinking smoothies, you will crave healthier foods such as fruits, vegetables and greens.
10. Rich With Chlorophyll
Green smoothies are rich with chlorophyll which some natural health experts say enhances the immune system, purifies the blood and rejuvenates the body.

source - Whole Living Action 



STRESS FREE GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPES

Fall Smoothie
1 frozen banana
2 big handfuls fresh spinach
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 smallish dates
1 cup nut milk of your choice
1 T flax seed
8 ice cubes
a few shakes of cinnamon
a few shakes of pumpkin pie spice
  
Kiwi Strawberry Smoothie
3 cups of spinach
5 frozen whole strawberries
1 small kiwi or half a large kiwi
1/2 of mango
handful of fresh mint
1 T flax seed
1/2 a frozen banana
1/2 cup of water
squeeze of half a lemon

Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie
1  bananas
2 T  almond butter (can also use peanut butter)
1 T flax seed
4 large leaves or equivalent of smaller leaves of kale (take the rib out)
8 oz. or to taste of soy milk or other non dairy milk

Banana and Cinnamon Smoothie
3/4 cups kale leaves, washed, stems removed and lightly packed
1 frozen banana
3/4 – 1 cup almond milk
3-4 ice cubes
1 Tb almond butter or other nut butter
1 T flax seed
pinch / dash / shake of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg

Pineapple and Banana Smoothie
2 c frozen, chopped greens such as collards, kale, or spinach
1/4 cup frozen, pineapple
1/2 frozen banana
1 golden apple
1 1/2 – 2 cups of water
1 T  flax seed
1-2 medjool dates (de-seeded)

Apple Smoothie
2 c. Spinach
1banana
½  c  apple
½ c pineapple
Yogurt
1 c Almond Milk
1 T flax seed

 Simple Green Smoothie
1c water
2 handfuls greens
2c apples
1T flax seed

Blueberry Smoothie
1 cup almond milk
2 cups fresh spinach
1/2 cup blueberries
1 frozen banana
1 T flax seed

 Vanilla Smoothie
1/2 to 1 banana frozen
organic spinach
swiss chard
1 c o light vanilla almond milk

Garden Smoothie
spinach
kale
chard
carrot
half a stalk of celery
ice
vanilla almond milk
3-4 dates
dash of cinnamon
2 T hemp seeds
1 T flax seed
chunk of cucumber

Super Energy Green Smoothie
2 carrots
1/2 lemon with skin
1/2 cupfrozen black grapes
1/2 frozen banana
frozen mixed berries,  1 c
frozen mango, 1 c
1 T green tea powder (matcha) or 2 T green tea
1 T whole flax seed
1 scoop protein powder or a cup of cooked beans
1 tsp bee pollen
1 c water
frozen spinach
 
Grapefruit Smoothie
1/2 - 1 banana (frozen)
1/2 pink grapefruit
2 big leaves of kale, or a huge handful
1-2 cups of water
1 T flax seed
handful of ice cubes

*Use a blender. All of these smoothies can be made with ice.   The measurements for each of these smoothies will vary based upon your own individual taste.


1 comment:

  1. Yeah!! I agree, anyone can lose weight naturally if the person start taking healthy and nutritious Green drink daily. This is actually best way to lose weight without starving ourselves.

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