Green spinach smoothie with mango, kiwi, grapes and ginger. If you’ve ever said “ewww…” to a green drink you may want to try this one. It’s pleasantly sweet, tart and so drinkable. Yummy as people often say when they get a taste of it. I made 2 kinds of smoothies for about 100 people at church a few weeks back and this one got better reviews than the tropical smoothie. It is my most popular smoothie even with older folks. At a workshop last Monday, an older woman told me she had regularly started chugging green smoothies after hearing my talk the previous month and now had no trouble evacuating. I almost laughed out loud when she said that but it’s true. This smoothie is packed with raw fiber and will ease out of the digestive system very smoothly after your body has absorbed all the good stuff. I guess most folks know that spinach is good for them, so when they drink it in a smoothie and actually like the drink it makes them feel good, even surprised that they actually liked it. This smoothie is naturally sweet without added sugar. Sweetness comes from ripe mango, grapes and kiwi. Ginger gives it a kick and improves the taste. I sometimes add bananas which give it a creamy texture. There’s a whopping 2 cups of raw spinach in each serving which is quite impressive. I mean you can eat 2 cups of raw spinach but drinking it is easier, not to mention better absorbed in terms of nutrients. It’s one of those drinks where the sweet stuff masks the not so sweet and makes it more than palatable. Reminds me of Mary Poppins, and her words of wisdom in her popular ‘a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down’. We all need a little sugar (white, honey, raw or brown sugar, whatever your choice) to ease through the not so nice stuff in life! Spinach is the “holy grail” of veggies in terms of nutrients and getting raw spinach into your system is a good thing you can do for yourself. A lot of smoothies including green ones are loaded with sugar but you control the sugar content when you make them at home. Smoothies get absorbed very quickly and efficiently by the body and are a good source of easy nutrition. I created a NFL label for my green smoothie and turns out it only has 140 calories and has a whopping 5 gms of fiber which is 20% of you RDA! Compare that to commercial bottled green smoothies which have double the amount of calories and natural sugar. Give this smoothie a try! It tastes really really good! If I could bottle this and put in on the super market shelves I would :)!
Green smoothies are loaded with chlorophyll which is a live nutrient that cleans & cleanses your body from the inside out! When your body goes through a natural cleanse with chlorophyll you shed pounds, get more energy, grow new cells and literally sparkle like live plants do. Constant growth while shedding the dry stuff like healthy plants do. Green smoothies have live enzymes which improve your digestive system. To get chlorophyll and tap into the ‘Power Of Green’ you must drink green smoothies at least 4 to 5 times/week. Green juices do the same. I make green juices more often than I do smoothies and when I skip a few days, I can feel the difference in my system. Lethargy and tiredness creep in. As a working mom handling my own business and tending to family, I can use all the energy I can get and green drinks do it for me. As with everything else in life: reactions, thought patterns, perceptions I am in control of what I choose to feed into my system and choosing what’s good for me will have its benefits.
Spinach is loaded with vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein, and choline. Mangoes, grapes and Kiwi have all the above nutrients in a sweeter form. Ginger helps with digestion and boosts immune system.