Do the kids just turn their nose up at a pile of spinach on their plate?
Green smoothies are the answer.
Especially, with winter here, we all need a boost to the immune system and leafy greens are full of anti-oxidants to fight off the bugs.
So, why not try making a nutritious green surprise for the family? Here is a basic green smoothie recipe, but you can add more greens as your tastebuds adjust to the 'fresh' flavour. I use kale because it grows wild in our garden, but you could also use parsley, basil, dandelion leaves, beetroot leaves, or even lettuce.
Basic Green Smoothie Recipe: Ingredients for 4 serves: 2 cups organic apple juice 1 cup organic rice milk 4 leaves organic Kale, roughly chopped, stem removed (add more for stronger flavour)
1-2 organic bananas, peeled
1 organic pear, peeled, chopped
1/2 cup organic dates (optional)
1 tablespoon organic spirulina (optional)
1 tablespoon organic sunflower seeds (optional)
Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend on high for 1 minute.
It may look like "witches brew" but it is so good for you.
If you keep the ratio of raw fruit to raw vegetable around 60:40, the sweet flavour will dominate. As the greens are blended raw, they still have fibre (great for elimination), but the hard work has already been done by the blender and the enzymes are super easy for the body to assimilate.
Did you know that a molecule of chlorophyl closely resembles a molecule of blood? This means that consuming greens is extremely nourishing to the body and many of us don't consume enough - until now. It is best if you grow your own greens, then you can pick them fresh from the garden and they do taste better.
Be experimental. Try it - a green smoothie a day will keep bugs at bay.