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January 17, 2021

Green Smoothie Nutrition by Oliver McCabe

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Green smoothies are an invaluable addition to your daily menu this time of year. At a time when our bodies are likely to be confronted with colds and flu, green smoothies provide incredibly effective protection. Overall, green smoothies provide incredibly effective protection. Overall, green smoothies are alkalising, cleansing, energising, healing and highly nutritious because the ingredients are largely raw and still contain a lot of their life force (the nutrients present at the time of picking).

But what is the “green” in a green smoothie? Basically, a green is any leafy green that can be wrapped around your finger, and is safe to eat. These greens will provide you with vitamins, minerals, fibre and the best blood builder – chlorophyll. Unlike a juice they are finely blended so are still a whole food as nothing has been removed in the blending process. Digestion is then much faster than normal allowing all the goodness to get to your blood stream quicker.

Add fruits, nuts and superfoods to this and you have a recipe for success. True Natural Goodness Super foods bring with them exceptional benefits due to their high concentration of nutrients which support and increase the immune system’s ability to work better than ever. It is important to remember when first taking super foods to start with small amounts and increase over time. True Natural Products will give you exact nutritional and serving information and always sold in your local independent health food store.

Start with 2-3 leaves of a dark leafy green like kale, spinach or parsley some green vegetables finely chopped like cucumber, celery & broccoli. Add to that one apple or banana, a small knob of peeled ginger & squeeze of lemon and water or plant based milk e.g. oat milk and blend in a sturdy blender. This can then be built on by adding as many fruits and superfoods as you like A great alternative to fresh greens is any of the True Natural Goodness green super food powders including barleygrass, wheatgrass, chlorella and spirulina. It gives you all the amazing benefits of fresh green nutrients because it contains vitamins minerals and trace elements.

True Natural Goodness Super foods Benefits

Wheatgrass A good source of vital vitamins, minerals and trace elements across the board.

Spirulina A good source of protein, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and iron. May help to accelerate the production of immune cells throughout the body.

Barley Grass a good source of alkaline properties. .

Chlorella A good source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Commonly taken for its cleansing potential.

Also in the range to make yum smoothies: Goji Berries A good source of protein. Can typically contain 2-3 times more antioxidants (including zinc and selenium) than blueberries. Raw Cacao A good source of antioxidants and magnesium, iron, chromium, vitamin C and soluble fibre. Maca A good source of protein and dietary fibre. Raw Coconut Oil A good source of antiviral, anti-fungal, antimicrobial properties. Chia Seeds A good source of omega 3 fatty acids, amino acids, dietary fibre and antioxidants.

Turmeric A good source of anti-inflammatory properties.

Almond Butter A good source of protein and minerals.