Back to Basics: Rainbows & Green Smoothies
Recently I’ve been getting my greens in the form of smoothies! You can’t imagine how many people turn their noses up at that! 😛 Smoothies yes. 🙂 Green smoothies no! So, just because of the colour it becomes less tasty? Really?
I’ve added this to the back to basics series (along with crumble, pancakes and houmous )because although most people can make a smoothie – some people don’t vary the ingredients OR add GREENS! That or they just buy them ready made! … it’s so easy – get that blender out!!! 😀
Well, when I thought about it I realised that we’re not used to consuming unnaturally green (processed) foods. When I thought of green foods I thought peas; broccoli; rocket; salad leaves; avocado; beans; cucumber; grapes; kiwi; melon; pistachios; mint; herbs; cabbage; spinach and kale. All natural wholesome foods. Possibly you could find pistachio or mint ice-cream and I’ve seen some green baklava (pistachio again). Aside from pea soup, or pesto I’m finding it really difficult to think of anything ready made which is green!?
Rainbow foods! Have you heard that saying? That we should eat a ‘rainbow of foods’? The nutrients that the body requires can be found by consuming a variety of colourful fruit and vegetables. Red foods, pink foods, yellow foods, white foods, brown foods and orange foods, are everywhere: cereals, cakes, crisps, jelly; pizza; sauces; spreads, dips; meats; cheeses; bread; chocolate and smoothies… in fact, I would guess at most things in your cupboards and fridge!? But… green?!?
Back to green! Green foods are traditionally thought of as natural and healthy 🙂 Good reason too! Leafy greens contain a range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre including a good dose of calcium, vitamin C and potassium 😀 BUT you know what? You can add a handful to your smoothie and it can still taste of pineapple or mango or strawberry despite the colour green (from chlorophyll). So even though you might be one of the ‘yuck-green-smoothie’ people… the benefits of drinking (or eating) one of these far outweighs the aversion to consuming something green!
Here are a few delicious green smoothie ideas for you! SOOO yummy and so good for you! Seriously just add a handful of greens to your smoothie – kale, spinach, watercress, peashoots even rocket! Start small and build up gradually… yumyumyum! You can have a smoothie for breakfast, for a snack, for dessert or just as an anytime burst of energy! 🙂 TRY IT! 🙂 Share your pictures on instagram @LifeDietHealth
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