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Benefits of Green Smoothies

After following the raw food lifestyle for over 20 years, I can say with full confidence that raw foods definitely slow the aging process. The staples of the raw food diet are green juices plus green smoothies or green puddings. Greens must be central in your diet and, ideally, you must consume greens every day. Yet many people find it hard to consume the quantity of green leafy vegetables they need each day. Your answer is simple: green smoothies.

My favorite way to get greens in is by making green puddings. How is a green smoothie different from a green pudding? To get a pudding, you simply omit water. You drink a smoothie, while you eat the more viscous pudding with a spoon. A green pudding is your complete meal. You’ll find it quite filling and—many are surprised by this—entirely delicious!

A green smoothie or pudding is a mixture of about 60% fruit and 40% leafy greens blended together into a delicious, nourishing beverage.  The fruit masks the flavor of the greens, and the greens buffer the sweetness of the fruit. A perfect combination!

Here are just a few important reasons to begin consuming green smoothies and puddings regularly… Green Smoothies and Puddings are a delicious way to eat more greens without adding salt and oil. The most common way people eat greens is in salads, which usually takes a dressing of some sort. Smoothies and puddings offer a change of pace, a different texture, and need no dressing. Preparation and cleanup are remarkably quick and easy—if you have the right equipment.

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Some people are put off by the time juicing takes them, especially in the mornings, and find the cleanup a total hassle. But you can cut your time to just minutes, making green smoothies and puddings made in a high-powered blender. Want a way to get even more benefit out of your smoothies and puddings? You can add flax seed meal to make it an even more nutritious concoction! Get your preparation and cleanup done in a matter of minutes—just blend, rinse and go. Green Smoothie and Puddings are high in easily digestible fiber. A high quality, purpose-made blender does precisely what you want…It ruptures cell walls, releasing nutrients for easy absorption, but retains fiber. For a great discussion of how this works, see Victoria Boutenko's revolutionary book Green for Life.

The importance of chlorophyll. Liquid sunshine! That’s what chlorophyll really is. A molecule of chlorophyll is strikingly similar to a molecule of human blood. Dr. Ann Wigmore likened consuming chlorophyll to getting a blood transfusion. Chlorophyll also carries a lot of oxygen. It is healing, cleansing, and effective against many harmful pathogens and fungi. Greens and wheatgrass are full of chlorophyll. Greens are alkalizing.

The high mineral content of greens makes them alkalizing to our bodies, helping keep our bodies at the proper pH. In fact, it’s not possible to maintain a proper pH balance without consuming greens. Besides their alkalizing effect, greens also are filled with amino acids, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and enzymes—all easily available to your body in the form of green smoothies or pudding. Amino Acids are abundant in greens, making them a great source of protein.

Since our bodies manufacture proteins from the amino acids we consume, just two or three cups a day of green smoothie or pudding can deliver plenty of nourishment of a sort more easily assimilated than other forms of protein. Children adore them. Usually, anyway. Mouth-watering flavors and bright colors offer kid-friendly, agreeable ways to get children eating healthier. And face it—grownups like kid-food, too! Get a big blender so you can quickly and easily make enough green smoothies or pudding for your entire family.

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