I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m obsessed with green smoothies and start each day with warm water, ginger and lemon followed by a glass of chilled smoothie.
Their benefits are numerous, and apart from flooding your entire system with a multitude of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, the fact that the plant cells have already been broken down by blending means that your body has to expend less energy for digestion. The nutrients are quickly absorbed into our bloodstream and delivered to our cells, which means that we have more sustained energy and less of a need for that morning cup of coffee (although I do love a cup of coffee ... but I don't need one to function).
The high fibre content helps to keep us fuller longer and boosts our digestion and elimination for a less bloated tummy.
Chlorophyll is the green pigment in leafy green vegetables, and it really is essential to life! It has almost an identical molecular structure to human blood, which makes it an excellent blood builder and cleanser, helping to oxygenate our blood and body cells. More cleansed and oxygenated blood means more nutrients are delivered to our skin, hair and muscles for boosting health and beauty.
Even if you don’t make any other changes to your diet and lifestyle, simply drinking a large glass of this smoothie first thing in the morning will make a noticeable difference to your beauty, health, energy, waistline and immune system. It’s that effective!
I have incorporated some of the very best foods for younger-looking skin, fighting inflammation, faster hair growth, fat burning and anti-ageing into one drink. It’s easy to make in big batches two or three times a week, store in the freezer and keeps fresh in the fridge for 2-3 days. So no excuses!
Drink it regularly and you can look forward to improved digestion and elimination, a flatter stomach, glowing skin, better protection from colds and flus and thicker hair. Plus it’s far cheaper than doctor’s bills, prescription medicine and expensive beauty products.
GORGEOUS GREEN SMOOTHIE
Ingredients200g organic baby spinach
1 ripe banana
125g fresh blueberries
1 tsp fresh root ginger
2 tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
1 cup of pineapple chunks
Half an organic cucumber, chopped into chunks
1 tbsp fresh mint leaves
4-5 drops of liquid Stevia (optional)
4 ice cubes
Cold water, to blend
Your guide to living whole and well. Emma Olliff is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, wellness expert, food lover, and advocate for healthy living!