put a real spring in your step

May 14, 2009

new recipe: oh, happy day smoothie

I have been so excited to read all your amazing feedback about the site and can’t thank you enough for giving me a real boost.

So, I thought I’d offer you more of the same in return with what’s probably my favorite change your diet a little bit, change your life a lot tip.

I’m certainly not the first to write about the life-boosting, Popeye power of the green smoothie, and yet it took me a long time to find out about them and give them a try myself. As they say, once you are ready, the teacher appears. Similarly, every time I rave about green smoothies I’m amazed at what a new concept this is for most people. Well, you are ready and the teacher has appeared!

If you make just one change this week, make it this.

Everyone knows that dark, leafy greens – lots of them—are good for our bodies, but how many of us actually sit down to a huge bowl of them every day? It just doesn’t happen.

The answer? The green smoothie. By blending the phytochemical powerhouses of green leaves with the sweetness of fruit, you’re tricking and treating your body at the same time. Not only that, it takes less than five minutes to whip up. And there’s no better time to try them than right now, when the weather’s getting warmer (well, one can hope in London) and fabulous fruit is coming into season. I encourage you to be recipe rebels and play around with different combinations, but a basic guideline is 50% fruit/50% greens. I like to use a mix of fresh and frozen fruit so things are nice and cold. To that end, I always keep bags of frozen berries in the freezer along with other fruit like pineapples and peaches I slice, peel and freeze.

This week, I hit the fruity jackpot when my friends Arti and Sunil brought me a box of glorious Alphonso mangoes from India. Peel one and it’s like pure sunshine in your hands. I can’t get enough of this luscious concoction and hope it brightens up your day, too, even if your mangoes come from the corner shop, which I’ll sadly be reverting to soon. Even so, it’ll still be amazing. Have this first thing in the morning or in a safe, reusable bottle on your way to work, and you’ll already have consumed more greens than most people do in a week.

By the way, whenever I post a new recipe it’ll appear in the recipes section so you can find it easily. Here’s the link again for this one:

oh, happy day smoothie

And to learn more about the many benefits of greens, check out Victoria Boutenko’s Green for Life.

Cheers!

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