Q: Tell me more about the green smoothie. How can I add extra nutrition to the green smoothie?
A: Keep reading to find out how to supercharge your green smoothie using herbs, probiotics, wild foods and more!
Green Smoothie---> Fruits, Greens, some kind of Liquid, and optional Add-ins are what's in a green smoothie.
They tend to be medium to high glycemic and have a slipperiness to them. Examples: mangoes, bananas, berries, peaches and pears. Try using exotic fruits to add some variety. Good choices include litchi, kiwi, pitaya and papaya.
Any green will do, such as kale, chard, collard, spinach and lettuce. As a variation, you can steam the greens first before adding them to the blender (leftover cooked greens also work well). Wo recommends that for those with hypothyroidism, veggies that are in the Brassica/Cruciferous family should be cooked/steamed first as they contain goitrogens which can interfere with thyroid functioning. Similarly, those who are sensitive to oxalates (e.g. spinach, kale) should also cook/steam those veggies first.
To add extra nutrition to your smoothie, usee wild (and not so wild) greens. These "weeds" are high in vitamins and minerals and include Plantain, Sheep Sorrel and Dandelion greens, Grape leaves, Red Clover leaves, Stinging Nettle (parboil 5 minutes first), Borage leaves, Nasturtium leaves and Chickweed. Greens with a slipperiness to them are great to add to smoothies and good choices include Hollyhock, Mallow, Marshmallow and Violet leaves. Add them raw or parboil first. Note that you can grow all these plants in your garden :)
Standard liquids in a green smoothie are water, milk and non-dairy milk. To add extra nutrition, consider using:
Add-ins: Superfoods, Supplements, Flavorings & More
Another way of getting in herbs is to use them in their powdered form. Instead of using dandelion or burdock infusion, you could open up a capsule or two and add them to your smoothie. Bar in mind that powdered herbs have a 6-12 month shelf life when purchased from health food stores, however you could always powder your own dried herbs using a coffee grinder or high speed blender. Herbs that you could add in are vast, from Astragalus to boost immunity to Yellow Dock for iron deficiency, from Rhodiolia to help with adrenal burnout to Ashwagandha to help with a host of issues.
Superfoods can add in extra nutrition, provide "medicine" and/or flavor. Good examples include:
Other goodies to add in:
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