4 Green Smoothie Recipes and the Health Benefits of Green Smoothies

Green smoothies are the easiest and tastiest way to incorporate more green vegetables into your diet. There are plenty of green vegetables that taste amazing in a smoothie as long as you add 1-2 types of sweet fruit to cover the flavor. Many young greens such as baby spinach actually have a natural sweetness to them that compliments the flavors found in a regular fruit smoothie. With the right recipes (click for recipes), you too can make delicious, healthy, green smoothies.

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Apple-Pear Green Smoothie
1 cup water or apple juice
1 green apple
1 pear
1 handful leafy greens
or 1 tbsp. of dried greens powder
Ice, optional

Pineapple-Coconut Green Smoothie
1 cup coconut milk
1 banana
1 cup chopped pineapple
1 handful leafy greens
or 1 tbsp. of dried greens powder
Ice, optional

Cucumber Mint Green Smoothie
1 cup water or apple juice
1 green apple
1 cucumber
1 bunch fresh mint
1 handful leafy greens
or 1 tbsp. of dried greens powder
Ice, optional

Wild Watermelon Green Smoothie
1 cup watermelon juice
1 cup chopped watermelon
1 handful leafy greens
or 1 tbsp. of dried greens powder
Ice, optional

Directions: Choose a smoothie recipe and gather your ingredients. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend on high until smooth. Serve immediately.

Green smoothies are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and more. Unlike juicing which removes the important healthy fiber from the vegetables you choose, green smoothies include all of the precious fiber to keep you full and healthy. Many people think that greens do not contain any protein, but they are wrong! Many types of greens are packed with vegetarian protein, so green smoothies can be an excellent way to increase the amount of protein that you eat.

Why Choosing an Organic Protein Powder Matters

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People consider a variety of factors when choosing a protein powder. Ability to help meet the desired goal, compatibility with any dietary restrictions, taste, and cost are a few of the top factors people look for in protein powder. One important factor that cannot be overlooked is the quality of ingredients used in the protein powder. One of the best ways to ensure that ingredients are of high quality is by selecting only protein powders made from organic ingredients.

Avoiding Chemical Pesticides

Conventionally grown crops are sprayed with harsh chemicals to encourage growth and prevent pests and disease from getting the crops. These powerful chemicals are designed to resist being washed away by the elements. This means that even a thorough washing cannot remove all chemical residue from crops. There is little to no data to support the safety of long term human consumption of these pesticides and fertilizers, but plenty of questions about the risks.

Organic crops are held to higher standards. They can only be grown with the aid of natural products. The result is the sources used in organic protein powder never come in contact with the harsh chemicals that conventional protein powders do.

Avoiding GMO Crops

Corn and soy are among the crops most commonly grown from genetically modified crops (GMOs). While the connections between soy protein powders and genetically modified soy crops is obvious, genetically modified corn crops also have a tremendous impact on protein powders. Most conventionally raised cows are fed a corn-based mixture, and most conventional corn is genetically modified. Therefore, dairy protein products from cows fed GMO crops are also impacted by GMOs.

Opinion on GMOs is divided, but many health experts advise people to avoid them as much as possible. The governments of dozens of countries around the world have such concerns about GMOs that they have banned their use. By choosing an organic protein powder, people assure themselves that they are not exposing themselves to GMOs in any way.

Final Thoughts

Most people use protein powers on a daily basis. The frequent consumption of them multiplies the need for them to come from the highest quality organic sources possible.

 

Easy Bulletproof Latte

You may or may not have heard of Bulletproof Coffee™ but it’s basically the idea of putting healthy organic oils in organic coffee. This type of coffee boosts energy, mental focus, and metabolism. I make my own variation based on Bulletproof Coffee™ but I call it my Easy Bullet Proof Latte. This latte is delicious and can be easily whipped up in the comfort of your own home or office in under 10 minutes.

Easy Bulletproof Latte
8 oz hot organic coffee
1-2 tbsp organic coconut oil
1-2 tbsp organic protein powder
1-2 tbsp raw honey

Directions: Combine all ingredients in your blender and whip until frothy. Enjoy!

My Easy Bulletproof Latte is perfect for keeping me full until lunch. I usually have this latte and piece of fruit or some hard boiled eggs every morning for breakfast. Sometimes when I’m fasting or accidentally forget to get up in time for breakfast, I have this latte alone and it is enough to keep me full and focused until lunch.

Coconut oil boosts brain health as well as metabolism. It works to keep you full and focused. When this latte is combined with a healthy snack for breakfast, the coconut oil helps you burn the calories more efficiently. Coconut oil is also anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal, so it is great for your immune system.

Protein powder is a great way to stay full until lunch. Even a tablespoon in the morning is enough to keep me going. I’m not a nutritionist by any means, but I have heard that diets high in healthy protein help you build lean muscle and maintain a healthy body weight. When it comes to coconut oil, protein, all of the other supplements, and the food I consumes, I choose organic whenever possible.