Fresh and Zingy Green Easter Smoothie
Juicing and blending has recently taken us by storm where we are seeing more and more juice bars springing up on our high streets. Seen as quick and easy way to dose up with essential vitamins, minerals and cancer-fighting antioxidants, smoothies and juices have become a much larger part of our diet.
Although there are many benefits of juicing and smoothies there are also a few negatives from an Ayurvedic perspective.
- Juicing totally removes the fibre which you need for gut and heart health. Smoothies, however, retain the fibre.
- Fruit contains a lot of sugar. Eating a whole piece of fruit with its buffering effect of slowly ingested fibre creates a slower release of sugar. The high sugar levels will also affect your teeth.
- Raw food is difficult to digest. Often people find that raw food is initially very energising as it breaks down the tissues (including fat, which many people find desirable). If continued for a long time this causes depletion and loss of resilience, energy and immunity. In smoothies, the tough-to-digest quality is partially offset as the vegetables are thoroughly liquidised.
To enjoy a balanced and healthy diet through smoothies keep them simple by using only fruit, vegetables, herbs and water.
Minimise fruit and increase the volume of greens. Using ginger and other herbs will help with digestion of the raw fruit and vegetables.
- 2 handfuls kale
- thin slice of root ginger
- ½ stick celery
- 100ml room temperature water
- 1 small sweet apple
- juice of ¼ lemon or lime
- 3cm or more of cucumber (optional)
Blend together the kale, ginger, celery and water until well blended. Add apple, cucumber (if using) and lemon juice and blend well. Drink straightaway.
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