Looking to Lose Weight? Try a Cleansing Green Smoothie
Several months ago, I posted my favorite Green Smoothie recipe, and people have been very enthusiastic about it! Since then, I attended a Raw Food workshop, and was told that leaving out the concentrated fats and proteins (almonds and flaxseed, in this case) would turn my smoothie into a low-fat, easily-digested and highly cleansing drink, appropriate for daily consumption during a 10 day detox, for example.
I was fairly certain that I would get hungry well before lunchtime with these revised smoothies, but decided to give it a shot.
I doubled the amount of greens, berries, and water, left out the almonds and flax, and poured it into two bottles, which I consumed a few hours apart (so, first bottle at 8:30am, second bottle at 10:30am).
And I was pleased (amazed, really) to discover that I’m not starving at lunchtime, and have fewer cravings for sweets (dark chocolate is my weakness )
So, here’s my revised recipe (which, I should warn you, is NOT as sweet as the original), and the nutritional breakdown.
Cleansing Green Smoothie Recipe (serves 1) :
- 3.5 cups water
- half a pound of spinach (you may want to work up to this quantity)
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 cups frozen mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
- 10 frozen strawberries
Add spinach to water, blend til totally broken down (10-20 seconds in a Vitamix). Add frozen fruits, blend again til smooth. Pour equally into two bottles. Note: you can replace the spinach with parsley, kale, chard, or other dark leafy greens. Try it and see what you like. I’ve used dandelion greens in the summer, and plan to try chickweed and lamb’s quarters this summer.
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Nutritional breakdown [nutritiondata.com]
This food is very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Iron, Potassium and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Magnesium and Manganese.
- glycemic load ~19 (very low – that’s good!)
- inflammation factor ~456 (very high – that’s good too!)
- calories 250
- fat 2 grams
- protein 9 grams (~35% DV for a person weighing 150lbs)
- dietary fiber 17 grams
- Vitamin A 380% DV
- Vitamin C 207% DV
- Vitamin E 29% DV
- Vitamin K 1240% DV
- Thiamin 17% DV
- Riboflavin 32% DV
- Niacin 17% DV
- Vitamin B6 46% DV
- Folate 113% DV
- Calcium 27% DV
- Iron 39% DV
- Magnesium 58% DV
- Phosphorus 17% DV
- Potassium 53% DV
- Zinc 13% DV
- Copper 32% DV
- Manganese 161% DV
- Phytosterols ~37mg
Are you a smoothie-lover?
Have you tried adding leafy greens to your smoothies?
Do you want the benefits of a detox, without having to live on lemon juice and maple syrup?
What’s your favorite smoothie recipe?