It’s not news that we all should be eating more green vegetables. They’re high in fibre, low in calories and rich in nutrients such as vitamins K and A and folate’all things our bodies need. But that’s no reason to eat the same old salad day in and day out. Along with trying different ways to prepare greens, consider making green smoothies part of your regular repertoire. “Green smoothies are a great way to get in more greens than you might be able to eat in a day and they are very alkalizing for your body,” says Chelsea Clark, co-owner of Toronto-based raw-food restaurant Rawlicious.
The real beauty of green smoothies? They’re quick to make and quick to drink‘unlike salads, which, as much as we love them, are definitely slow food. Greens are also more kid-friendly when they’re blended with sweet, flavourful ingredients like dates, bananas and pineapple. Plus, getting green vegetables into your breakfast means a head start on your vegetable tally for the day.
To get started, try the recipes below, then branch out and get creative with your own blends. “The best greens are the mild-tasting ones, so spinach, kale and dark romaines,” says Clark. “And sweet fruit is the key to a delicious smoothie, either orange, pineapple or mango’or all three.”
La Belle Verte
Bring kale to breakfast with this healthy green smoothie from Montreal raw-food restaurant Crudessence. Ingredients include pineapple, kale, parsley and dates.
The sweet-tart flavours of pineapple and mango brighten kale for a tasty, vitamin-rich green smoothie recipe from Rawlicious.
Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie with Kale
Toronto-based raw-food chef Doug McNish shared this recipe favourite, packed with superfoods sweetened with dates and made creamy with hemp or almond milk.
Super Powered Breakfast Smoothie
This tasty blend of nutritious raw ingredients from nutritionist Meghan Telpner will bring energy to your mornings.
Spinach and Strawberry Smoothie
Shake up the classic strawberry-banana smoothie by throwing in a couple of handfuls of baby spinach.
Image courtesy Meghan Telpner
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