Green Smoothies: Get your weight and hormones in check

Green smoothies are shakes that you make in the blender with green leafy vegetables combined with flavorful fruits and other ingredients to give your morning a healthy and tasty start.

Servings:

Prep Time:

10 min

Cook Time:

Good For:

Breakfast & Lunch

About Green Smoothies

 

By: Michelle Savard

These smoothies help in weight loss, hormone balance, contribute to beautiful skin, intestinal health, they are nutrient dense and will provide you long-lasting energy for your day. Read on for specific information on these health benefits as well as the ingredient formula to start making them.

 

Health Benefits

 

Nutrient dense

They are a good way to get green vegetables in your diet.  Fruits and veggies are rich in important nutrients such as iron, magnesium, B vitamins, such as folic acid, which is really important for mental health and a strong nervous system. Chlorophyll helps rejuvenate your body, it is an antioxidant that strengthens your immune system, can prevent anemia and can even help with insomnia among other things.

 

Rich in protein

Many studies demonstrate that high protein breakfasts help in concentration and intellectual performance throughout the day.

 

Intestinal health

Your liver is your powerhouse when it comes to hormone health. Green smoothies help flush the liver and the digestive system, metabolizing and binding the bad by-products of hormones.  Proper hormone function also require healthy fats, such as the ones in chia and flax seeds.

 

Low in carbohydrates

Breakfasts are often rich in refined carbohydrates, these give you a quick peak of energy which comes crashing down soon after (this is the part of the morning when you crave another coffee or a snack).  Green smoothies contain carbohydrates but mostly in the form of fiber and complex carbs, this means they keep you fuller longer and you avoid that energy crash;)

 

Spinach- Apple Smoothie

  • Apple – 1
  • Spinach -1 cup
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk – 1 cup 
  • Unsweetened Coconut Milk – 1/2 cup
  • Almond Butter – 1 tablespoon
  • Chia Seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon – to taste

    Berry – Protein Smoothie

    • Frozen Berries – 125 gr
    • Lemon -1/4, with rind if you like
    • Almond Butter – 1 tbsp 
    • Chia Seeds – 1 tbsp
    • Hemp Protein – 2 tbsp
    • Avocado – 1/2
    • Unsweetened Almond Milk – 120 ml
    • Water – 120 ml

      Step by Step Instructions

      Step 1
      Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If it’s too thick to drink, add some water.
      Step 2
      Serve and enjoy!

      Ingredients you could use if you want to experiment

      • Leafy Green Vegetables – baby spinach, kale etc
      • Fruit – banana, berries, pears…
      • Liquid – can be cold herbal tea, plant based milk or water
      • Protein – powder or yoghurt/kefir
      • Omega 3 – chia, flax seed, flax oil
      • Booster– (optional) ginger, turmeric, parsley, spirulina, maca…
      • Sweetness – (optional) honey

        Low in carbohydrates

        Breakfasts are often rich in refined carbohydrates, these give you a quick peak of energy which comes crashing down soon after (this is the part of the morning when you crave another coffee or a snack).  Green smoothies contain carbohydrates but mostly in the form of fiber and complex carbs, this means they keep you fuller longer and you avoid that energy crash;)

        Smoothies are easy to customize 

         

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