A green smoothie a day keeps the doctor away!

by | Nov 1, 2020

Green smoothie

A word in general about green smoothies along with my favorite recipe!

I’m sure you are familiar with the saying: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Well, because time goes by and some things advance in their development, I’d like to increase the meaning of that old saying by exchanging the apple to a green smoothie that also includes the apple.

A delicious smoothie gives you the ultimate kick for the day! It’s easy to make and will tickle your tastebuds.

You don’t have to stick to my recipe. Be courageous and just experiment with different greensherbs and most of all use weeds you find outside in your garden. Yes, you read this correctly! Weeds are not just weeds. They are medical plants and many of them can be eaten. My mother used to tell me that they made soup from stinging nettle or from ramson (wild garlic) when she was a child. You should know your weeds. If not leave them where they are. But if you know how nutritious young dandelion leaves (and even their blossoms), stinging nettle or blackberry leaves are, you won’t throw those leaves away the next time you’re in the garden!

Another interesting fact most people are not aware of is the high amount of vitamins that are found in vegetable leaves. The leaves of beetroot for example contain 2000 times more vitamin K than the root itself. Unfortunately, in most supermarkets, you will often find vegetables without their precious leaves. That’s why I buy my fruits and vegetables at the local farmers market and use the leaves of the beetroots, carrots  (higher quantity of vitamin A, C, K and minerals magnesium, calcium and iron than in the root) and kohlrabi (has more vitamin C than oranges) in my green smoothies.

Besides a mixture of greens, I always add a tablespoon of linseed oil, an apple, a carrot, 1/3 of a cucumber, and some freshly pressed fruit juice (not from a bottle) like grapefruit, orange, mango, kiwis or some frozen raspberries (Watch out for the color: green and red will turn into an ugly brown but doesn’t have an impact on the taste.) If you’re not used to green smoothies yet, then stick to greens that aren’t too bitter. I prefer rapunzel lettuce (German field salad greens). If you need it sweet in the beginning then use fruits that are sweet like mangos or pineapples. As moving along the green smoothie adventure try to use less fruit. You may also add some fresh ginger or tumeric (only a dash).

But to start here is one of my favorites:

Ingredients:

rapunzel lettuce, stinging nettle (Don’t worry, it won’t sting you when you drink it! But do be careful to wear some gloves when harvesting nettle from the garden.) along with 1/2 an apple, 1 carrot, 1/3 of a cucumber, 1 tbsp. of linseed oil, juice of one orange and 1/4 of a pineapple.

All ingredients should be of organic quality and washed before using. If you collect weeds or herbs from your garden, make sure to rinse them and then put them in a bowl with water and 1-2 tablespoons of Hammer baking soda for 15 minutes. That helps to kill off any tiny bugs or parasites.

Then put everything into your blender and turn on for a minute or so, depending on how strong your blender is. If your smoothie comes out too thick, just add some water or even better coconut water if available.

I drink one or two glasses for breakfast and feel fresh and energetic for a couple of hours! A great way to start the day!