(Be sure to read “How To Make A Live Green Smoothie” too!)
A Live Green Smoothie is a handful of fresh greens and a handful of fresh fruit, all whirled up in the blender with the best water you have on hand.
Well, that’s the short answer, anyway.
There are actually many, many — perhaps inexhaustible — ways to make a Live Green Smoothie. But today, let’s just talk basics…
There are “green smoothies” and then there are “live green smoothies“.
I could make a green smoothie out of some milk, a frozen banana, and a couple tablespoons of powdered greens (such as spirulina or barley greens), and while that would be a far more nutritious drink than a McDonald’s shake or a can of Diet Coke, it wouldn’t be a Live Green Smoothie. Live Green Smoothies are made only with “live” greens.
I’m not knocking powdered greens. There are some excellent products out there, and they have their place. Anybody can benefit nutritionally by adding a quality powdered green to their diet, and if you are vegetarian or vegan, or shooting for being very “high-raw” or 100% raw vegan, an excellent powdered green may be a valuable component of your diet.
But I have never, ever felt the same way in my body with a smoothie made with that powder as I do with smoothies made from humble parsley, fresh kale, baby spinach, or home-grown sprouts.
In my view, powdered greens — no matter how expensive they were — should be relegated to “convenient backup” or “serious nutritional support” rather than the primary agent of nutrition in one’s daily diet.
A “live” green is a green leafy vegetable that is still living, that hasn’t had the life cooked or dried out of it. Live greens still possess their living enzymes, the magical components that give all living things their viable life force.
In addition, green foods as a group are the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. They are low-calorie, low-sugar, and low-fat, while at the same time high in minerals, vitamins, and the natural elements your body requires to run smoothly, without dis-ease.
The closer that live greens are to their original growing state, the more jam-packed with life-force, vitality, and nutrition they are. So, for example, greens tumbled out of a plastic container from your grocer’s produce section are simply not equal to greens you’ve cut from your garden, or from a pot growing on your windowsill.
Green foods are nothing short of an intense nutrient injection into your system, and certainly the biggest nutritional “bang for your buck” that you could buy or consume. And when you blend greens up in your blender, all these valuable enzymes and nutrients become more “bio-available”, meaning that more get used.
When you drink Live Green Smoothies, you mainline these enzymes and nutrients into your system, and the mechanism that gives you your energy and health jumps into action. It’s got what it needs and runs with it! Your body is literally waiting on you to pour these enzymes into your system so that it can do its job and serve you quietly in the background without symptoms of fatigue, pain, or disease!
When you provide your system the living enzymes and rich nutrients it craves, you get a potent boost of well-being because things are working as they’re supposed to. When you don’t provide the enzymes and nutrients, you experience your energy being thwarted; you experience either constant cravings and restlessness, or listlessness and fatigue. And certainly, it’s easy then to start to fall into degenerative states of imbalance and disease.
The regenerating, cleansing, infection-fighting, healing, and detoxification properties of chlorophyll-rich greens are well-known. With all that power lurking in live greens, waiting to be used, just think of the amazing changes you might unleash by jacking up the greens in your diet! You’d be turning yourself into a high-performance machine rather than the sluggish-engine-needing-a-tuneup that most people possess.
When I’m drinking Live Green Smoothies throughout the day, it feels like there’s liquid sunshine in my bloodstream. I’m not using hyperbole here — it genuinely feels like “liquid sunshine”. And why not? Chlorophyll is manufactured in partnership with sunshine — it is a product of white sprouts being exposed to the sun’s rays.
Chlorophyll is the green pigment formed in most plants when they are exposed to sunlight.
A fact I find extremely fascinating is that a chlorophyll molecule and a molecule of heme (the red pigment in the hemoglobin of your blood) closely resemble each other. Both are made up of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen atoms organized around a central atom. In the chlorophyll molecule, that central atom is magnesium, while in heme it is iron.
Heme is an essential molecule for life — it is involved in sensing and using oxygen in your bloodstream, an extremely powerful role. Heme’s oxygen-related role and its correlation to chlorophyll is certainly a key to why Live Green Smoothies are so amazing in the body.
When I “jack up” my intake of “Live Greenies”, often just overnight I begin to feel an increase of oxygen in my body. I experience an increase of “ease” and peacefulness, similar to the sensation one gets after a good aerobic workout. It’s well-known that aerobic exercise is recommended for depression-sufferers due to the mood-elevating effects of increasing oxygen to the body. In the quantities that I consume Live Green Smoothies (by the blenderful, two to three blenderfuls a day) Live Green Smoothies have a similar effect. Try them out and see for yourself.
Someone once told me that, when greens and fruit are blended together, the greens act as builders and the fruit acts as a cleanser. This strikes me as perfect teamwork — the greens detoxify and the fruit flushes out, the two of them working in harmony.
You can put whichever fruits or fruit combinations you want into Live Green Smoothies, but I find that they require as a base some kind of sweet fruit, such as apples, pears, bananas, mangoes, oranges, grapes, papaya, and plums.
Berries of all kinds are great in Live Green Smoothies, but they taste best when combined with other sweet fruits because they do not provide much sweetness on their own. However, if for health reasons you require keeping the glycemic level of your diet extremely low, then berries are the place to start when creating your smoothies.
When I first started out making Live Green Smoothies, I kept bags of frozen fruit in my fridge and used them daily. But then I realized that these foods were just as dead as the cooked foods I was moving away from. I consequently haven’t used frozen fruit in my smoothies for years.
A living thing is permanently affected by freezing. Freeze your hand solid overnight and tell me tomorrow after you’ve defrosted it if it’s anywhere near its original state. In fact, it will die and will have to be lopped off; that’s a fact. Similarly, meat that’s frozen in a freezer is actually tenderized when it’s defrosted, because the cells are damaged during the freezing process.
Living tissues are made of cells containing water, which expands when frozen, ultimately causing the cells to explode.
Putting frozen bananas and frozen mango into your green smoothie will most certainly be delicious… but it will not be a bonafide Live Green Smoothie made from living greens and living fruit.
Because Live Green Smoothies are all about maximum nutrition and vitality for your dollar, time, and consumption, I invite you to consider switching to only fresh fruits as your primary ingredients. Consider the frozen varieties in the same category as dried greens — they are backup for the sake of convenience, when the real deal is not on hand.
And of course, if it comes down to making Live Green Smoothies with frozen fruit or not making them at all, well…make the dang LGS!
It will definitely matter to your health overall what kind of water you use when making your Live Green Smoothies. Your body is made up primarily of water. Use the very best quality water you have access to.
The subject of how to create the best water possible for yourself is a rich and critical subject on its own, which I’ll be discussing in later posts. But for now:
But whatever you do, just make sure you use the best water you can.
The thing to do now is to give yourself an experience of the energy, vitality, and well-being that comes from drinking Live Green Smoothies.
“The proof is in the pudding”, so-to-speak. Take this out of the realm of theory and create an experience of it in your life. The results will become inarguable.
Go to “How To Make A Live Green Smoothie” — read the simple instructions and watch a few of the videos. Then jump right in and make one.
Drink the whole blenderful. Then tomorrow, make two blenderfuls and drink them before the day is through. And on the third day, challenge yourself to make and drink three blenderfuls — two in the morning and one in the evening, around supper-time.
On the fourth day you’ll know in a very personal way what a Live Green Smoothie really is, because it will be deep inside your body, working its magic. And you’ll be hooked, because your system will start craving them.
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