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Would you rather consume your greens by eating them in a salad or blending them into a drink? According to Raw Food Health: Blending a salad in any way is the equivalent of chewing a food extremely well with your teeth. The blender can possibly do a better job of it than you can, especially with very tough greens.

The woman who came up with the green smoothie idea~  Victoria Boutenko & The Raw Family says: Green smoothies are easy to digest. When blended, most of the cells in the greens and fruits are ruptured, making the valuable nutrients easier for the body to assimilate. Green smoothies literally start to get absorbed in your mouth.

Frederic Patenaude author of several raw food books adds: Blended foods are easy to eat, but they are also very concentrated. They are fast to prepare, and can also be fast to consume! The problem is that consuming blended foods too fast doesn’t give your body the time to digest and assimilate them properly. You need to consider your blended foods “food”, not “drinks.” Take your time to enjoy them and your body will thank you for it.

So- when you make your smoothies/shakes make sure you sit down and enjoy each sip instead of drink them down in one gulp like I have done many times. Your saliva needs to have a few seconds with those greens before is passed any further down your body.

Fruit Salad Smoothie adapted from the Vitamix Whole Food Recipes Book

Ingredients

  • 1/2c. grapes (red or green, I used green)
  • 1 medium orange (I used two tangelos)
  • 1/2 thick slice of pineapple, core included
  • 1/4 cucumber, peeled (I used 1 persian cucumber and left the peel on)
  • 1 medium carrot (I used 4 organic medium-large sized baby carrot sticks)
  • 1/4 medium apple (I used honey crisp)
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach (optional)
  • 1 leaf of green curly kale (optional)
  • 2 cups ice cubes

Directions

Blend all ingredients. If you have a Vitamix you can add all these ingredients at once and blend. However if you have a normal blender, it’s best that you just blend as you go. Add one or two ingredients, blend til smooth. Add a few more ingredients, blend til smooth. It also helps to have the ingredients cut up into smaller pieces before adding them to your blender.

If you have a regular blender you may want to add some liquid depending on how powerful your blender is. If you think you will need some liquid you can add 1/2c. purified water or maybe white grape/apple/orange juice.

If you are adding leafy greens start with the those on the bottom and add the other ingredients next. Blend.

It might look scary but it tastes sweet like fruit!

This smoothie has 8 different fruits and veggies. Which means in one drink you will get all your recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables! Count me in!

If this smoothie was pink would you be more likely to drink it?

Have you recommended green smoothies to anyone in your family and have they tried it out yet?

Are you a fast eater or do you concentrate on taking your time for meals and even beverages? Do you have to try to eat slow or does it come naturally?

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