Sometime in the summer, I found out about the “green monster” trend – these are smoothies with green leafy vegetables added, often spinach. So I started adding spinach and occasionally other greens to my smoothies for added nutrition, with mixed results and a great degree of dislike from my significant other. I’ve made it a habit to add greens most days now, and I find I don’t notice them as much as I did when I started. But I didn’t think much of it other than as a way to add more green veggies to my diet, and I was basically adding the greens to my standard smoothie recipes – banana, milk (nut these days), fruit, protein powder, etc.
I recently got a copy of a book entirely about green smoothies: Green Smoothie Revolution by raw-foods activist/author Victoria Boutenko. She’s pretty fervent about the value green smoothies can have for your health – the gist of her theory is that we are meant to eat a large amount of green leaves every day (she points out how many greens chimpanzees eat) and that by blending them, we are a) making them easier to digest, translating into needing less greens for similar nutrition, and b) making them easier to eat, as most of us have a hard time eating bucketloads of raw kale salad.
But what I really find interesting is that she recommends blending your greens with nothing more than fruit or water. No nuts, no oils, etc. She claims that this makes them easier to digest, and the book has tons of recipes, from kid-friendly to beginner to advanced. (No, really.)
On the one hand, I’m a born cynic. On the other hand, this makes a lot of sense. So I’m going to try adding some basic green smoothies to my diet and see how I feel. Tonight I did young coconut/papaya/banana/arugula – kind of a cheat because coconut meat adds creaminess, but delicious and very hydrating.
Are you into green smoothies? What are your favourites?