As long as I’m on a smoothie roll (last week being a luscious turmeric smoothie), this week I’d like to share my basic green smoothie recipe. Simple and nutritious. I especially like this one as it consists of ingredients that are staples in my fridge.
Simple Green Smoothie
3 lg. Romaine leaves
2 stalks celery
1/2 cucumber, peeled
Sm. handful parsley
1 apple or 1 pear, not peeled (remove seeds)
Juice of 1 lemon
1 T. chia seeds (optional – see my note below)
1 1/2 – 2 c. cold water
A few of the benefits of these simple ingredients:
Romaine: loaded with protein, calcium, Omega 3’s, iron, and B vitamins.
Celery: rich with Vitamin A, helps reduce bad cholesterol, has magnesium which helps soothe the nervous system.
Cucumber: numerous antioxidants and B vitamins.
Parsley: Vitamin K which helps improve bone health.
Apples: boosts the immune system and helps detoxify the liver.
Pears: fiber, Vitamin C, potassium.
Lemons: rich in Vitamin C. Also helps detoxify the liver.
Chia seeds: packed with fiber, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. If you’ve never used chia seeds before, be warned: they “gel” the drink very quickly. I don’t like the texture at all, so when I add chia seeds I do it just before drinking the smoothie — having some floss nearby isn’t a bad idea either. Chia seeds are amazingly good for the body and I often add them to my juices and smoothies.
This is my favourite green smoothie ~ tasty and nutritious for very little cost and effort.
I hope you are inspired to try it! I also highly recommend Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko if you are interested in expanding your horizons in the land of green smoothies.