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The Glowing Green Smoothie® (GGS) recipe is one of the most potent health & beauty elixirs on the planet. It contains a special ratio that combine the ingredients (mineral-rich greens, vitamin-packed fruit and detoxifying lemon) in the most beneficial way for the best nutrition and results.
Start making it and you will get hooked on your energy high, glowing skin, and increased overall health and beauty!
More about the Glowing Green Smoothie®
The GGS Is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, high quality amino acids (which build protein), and countless other phytonutrients that work synergistically to prevent and repair damage in your body and boost rejuvenation. So you look and feel your most amazing!
Blending helps your body absorb the maximum amount of nutrition from your greens. I still also recommend chewing your GGS versus chugging it, to prevent bloating, and if you have compromised digestion, taking digestive enzymes right before drinking it (and your other meals , as I do, which is an important way to get the most nutrition out of your food and reduce bloating).
servings per recipe: 4
serving size: 1 serving
total fat 0.5 g
saturated fat 0.1 g
polyunsaturated fat 0.2 g
monounsaturated fat 0.1 g
cholesterol 0.0 mg
sodium 79.5 g
potassium 400.4 mg
total carbohydrate 23.8 g
dietary fiber 5.2 g
sugars 4.0 g
protein 2.8 g
vitamin b-12 0.0 %
vitamin b-6 12.1 %
vitamin c 67.7 %
vitamin d 0.0 %
vitamin e 3.3 %
calcium 9.4 %
copper 6.2 %
folate 15.2 %
iron 15.2 %
magnesium 4.9 %
manganese 15.7 %
niacin 2.4 %
pantothenic acid 2.5 %
phosphorus 3.5 %
riboflavin 5.7 %
selenium 1.7 %
thiamin 5.0 %
zinc 1.6 %
7 cups chopped spinach (about a medium bunch)
6 cups chopped romaine lettuce (about 1 small head)
2 cups cold filtered water
1½ cups chopped celery (about 2 medium stalks)
1 medium apple, cored and coarsely chopped
1 medium pear, cored and coarsely chopped
1 medium banana, peeled and cut in thirds
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1⁄2 cup minced fresh cilantro (stems are okay)(optional)
1⁄2 cup minced fresh parsley (stems are okay)(optional)
Fill the blender with 2 cups of water. Blend the spinach and romaine until smooth.
Add the celery, apple, pear, and herbs (if using) and blend again until smooth.
Finally, add the lemon juice and banana, and do your last blend.
Pour and eat fresh!
For your GGS stick to this simple ratio: water as the base, about 70% greens, 30% high fiber fruit. I encourage you to mix and match your greens and fruit to get a wide variety of plant foods and nutrients.
The advantage of making a big batch like the full recipe below is time and convenience. Unlike juice, the Glowing Green Smoothie® will keep in your refrigerator, as long as it’s covered, for about two and a half days. You can share it with your family or roommates, or have it yourself over that time period!
A lil’ pet peeve of mine is when people refer to our beloved GGS as a juice.☺ It.Is.A.Smoothie!! What’s the diff?!
The difference is the fiber.
Here’s one of the biggest healthy and beauty secrets I know: it’s not just what you take in your body. It’s how much you efficiently release. Fiber is one of the greatest keys of ongoing cleansing, as it binds to heavy metals and other toxins, and helps sweep them out of your system. Fiber also keeps you more full so that you tent to eat less heavier and/or acidic foods throughout the day. The Glowing Green Smoothie ® retains all of the fiber of the greens and fruit, rather than removing it.
Juices are great too, but they don’t contain fiber and I generally recommend consuming them mid-morning, post-workout or post-afternoon, versus the first (whole) food of the GGS in the mornings.
Don’t: Use the Same Greens Every Single Time
When choosing greens for your GGS, remember that rotation is key. This will ensure you get a variety of vitamins and minerals. You will also avoid the rare issue of oxalates that can affect some people. Oxalates are organic acids found naturally in plants, animals, and humans.
Some health conditions require limiting oxalates in the diet, but these are extremely rare. However, rotating your greens is still important. This is so you are getting the widest variety of nutrients possible.
Some research shows that oxalic acid can bind in some plants and prevent some calcium absorption. This is in foods such as caffeine products, cola drinks, asparagus and certain greens, including spinach.
However, the degree to which this occurs is controversial. In the book Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Stanley Davidson points out that the chelating effect of oxalic acid on minerals like calcium is most likely negligible.
In Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices, Dr. Norman Walker shares, that when greens are cooked (rather than eaten raw), oxalic acid binds irreversibly with calcium. This is turn, hinders its absorption and crystallizing in the kidneys.
Many different experts nowadays, such as Dr. Christiane Northrop, write that the potential harms of “overeating” spinach are probably overestimated.
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This is a simple yet powerful practice to help cleanse and detoxify your system. Lemons supply vitamin C, as well as liver-regenerating enzymes.
Heat some water, pour into a mug, squeeze in the juice of half a fresh lemon, and have an awesome day!
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