Well, it’s taken over a year for me to do this, but now I am pleased to welcome you to my very first guest post! With this post, I am also pleased to introduce you to a friend who I met in Broome a few years ago – food coach and jeweller, Marion Egger.
I am a recent fan of the green smoothie [it is liquid sunshine!], and I am so excited that Marion has agreed to share her recipe with us [thanks so much, Marion]. Let me know what you think of it!
Refreshing Green Summer Smoothie, by guest blogger Marion Egger
Hi, I am Marion. I work as a Food-Coach and have a keen interest in how the foods we eat affect our state of health, vitality & well-being.
People often ask me what’s my Number-1-Tip, the single thing that can make the biggest difference?
Well, here it comes… Greens, greens, leafy greens. And more than you can consume in salads all day long! And this is where the ingenious invention of the green smoothie enters stage. A jug of green smoothie a day will change your life forever – you’ll never look back again. I am happy if you’d like to try to prove me wrong, however you gotta give it a go first 🙂
Now a myriad of research has been done, and countless testimonials from people who walk this path can be found on the internet, however if you would like to delve deeper, the most groundbreaking books on this subject are from the Mother of the Green Smoothie Revolution, Victoria Boutenko (this book is available in Australia through www.rawpower.com.au).
So why should you be drinking green smoothies?
The chlorophyll – the green in plants – is the magic ingredient here. Did you know that chlorophyll and haemoglobin (the oxygen carrier in our blood) have precisely the same biochemical composition? The only difference is that where haemoglobin has a molecule of iron, chlorophyll has a molecule of magnesium! That’s why green smoothies are so powerful in purifying and building strong blood.
The green smoothie is a yummy healing elixir, full of enzymes, amino acids, fibre, minerals, antioxidants and much more. It is instantly available to you, because the blender does the “chewing”, which is a major part of the digestion taken care of.
It’s a complete food that is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, giving you immediate energy without taking any away in the process. Now that is really rare!
There are virtually hundreds of recipes and combinations you can try, to suit the seasons and your tastebuds. A litre of smoothie includes about 200 grams of fresh, organic, leafy greens and 150 to 300 grams of seasonable organic fruit (fruit can be more to start off with and reduced over time) plus good quality fresh water to top up. Your smoothie can be thicker or thinner, whichever way you prefer.
Recipe #78: Refreshing Green Summer Smoothie.
For this summer favourite of mine, take approximately 10 one-inch cubes of watermelon, 3 large handfuls of baby spinach, 1 large handful of asian mint, 1 lemon peeled + 1 small piece of the lemon-skin (optional), 2 tablespoons of bee-pollen [optional, very delicious & nutritious].
Combine all ingredients in blender, add good water and blend well.
Add honey if you like it sweeter. Pour in a tall glass and garnish with mint, bee-pollen & a slice of watermelon. Enjoy.