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6 things to know when drinking green smoothies

Getting into the habit of drinking green smoothies regularly is so good for you and your body will be grateful for this! There are so many greens and fruits that you can put in your blender and make drinking veg as yummy as possible. It also is the best way to include superfoods in your diet.

By blending the vegetables into a smoothie you increase your daily vitamin, minerals and antioxidants intake. After all, it is so much easier than eating a bowl of raw kale! However, there are a few things you should know when you decide to make drinking green smoothies a habit in order to make the most of it!

1    Chew your smoothie

I know this may sound strange to you! Chewing your smoothie ensures that your body receives the right signals to start the digestive process. This starts in your mouth, once the saliva starts to produce, and continues in your stomach. In this way your body is ready to receive the densely packed with vitamins and minerals liquid and make the most of it. If you don’t feel comfortable with chewing your smoothie (because you don’t want people in your office to think you’re weird!) just make sure you keep each sip in your mouth for few seconds to allow the saliva to produce. Or, share the knowledge with your colleagues so that they can benefit from it as well J

2  Drink it on empty stomach or have 2 hours break in food

As I mentioned above, smoothies are very densely packed with nutrients and having them with or right after your meal can cause digestion problems like bloating.

3   Use no more than 2 portions of fruit

Leafy greens are what make the green smoothie so full of phytonutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. Fruits are obviously adding the nutritional value but mainly make the green smoothie sweeter and palatable. Adding too many means an increased level of fructose, the natural sugar in fruits, which can cause insulin spikes – something to try and avoid. But more than whole fruit, you should avoid adding fruit juices, which are much lower in fiber and have a very high fructose content! This is especially important if you are making your smoothie for breakfast. However, don’t be afraid to enjoy a fruit smoothie as a snack or a dessert! This is a much healthier choice than a victoria sponge cake 😉

4   Rotate your leafy greens

This one is pretty important to make sure you get a variety of nutrients from the greens but also to avoid an Alkaloid build-up. Read below to find out more about it and find out the different families of leafy greens to help you switch between them easier. Good news – spinach and kale belong to different families, which makes the rotating easier 🙂

5   Blend in stages

It is easier to start with blending your vegetables with the liquid first to ensure you mix them well and there are not lumps. It just makes the whole experiences nicer when you don’t have to bite on chunks of vegetables.

6  Use frozen fruit to thicken your smoothie

Rather than using ice cubes, which will dilute the smoothie, it is better to use some frozen fruit. And it will make the difference in taste of the smoothie too!

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Rotating your greens guide.

What is an alkaloid build-up? It might sound scary but please don’t pour your green smoothie down the sink before reading it! 🙂

Leafy greens carry a small amount of toxins, which protect the plant from being completely eaten by other animals. Therefore, consuming the same greens over a long period of time may cause some people to experience the alkaloid build up. This may affect their energy levels but also in some, this can affect the thyroid function. All of this can however be very easily avoided by rotating your greens. This means that you change the family of greens you include in your smoothies every few days.

As an extra benefit you are also feeding your body a variety of phytonutrients and antioxidants that you would otherwise be missing out on.

As you can see, you actually can get too much of a good thing! But this doesn’t mean you should be reaching for a bottle of coke instead…

Here is a list of the most popular leafy green families, which should help you with your greens roatation:

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[column]Amaranth

Beet Greens

Chard

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Crucifers

Arugula

Cabbage

Collard Greens

Bok Choy

Kale

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Asteraceae

Dandelion greens

Romaine lettuce

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Apiaceae

Carrot tops

Celery

Cilantro

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