Discover many important green smoothie benefits and a step-by-step tutorial with beautiful photos showing how to make a healing green smoothie. You’re going to love this smoothie.
This healing green smoothie is one of the best ways to start your day. It’s loaded with healthy organic romaine lettuce, kale, carrots, celery stalks, strawberries, an avocado, and a Granny Smith apple.
Blend them all together for a powerful combination of fruits and vegetables to supercharge your health and boost your energy.
As I have written in my previous posts, I suffered for many years with ill health. Even though I began eating gluten free, I was not getting significantly better. Then about 2 ½ years ago, I introduced some significant changes into my health plan.
One of those was a consistent program of juicing. A friend, who had just had bypass surgery, mentioned that he was following a new diet. He had just purchased a Vitamix and was starting a program of whole-food juicing.
So, I decided to buy a Vitamix as well and began incorporating green smoothies into my diet.
Green Smoothie Benefits
The Vitamix is technically not a juicer but a blender. It blends the entire ingredient, retaining all of its nutritious fiber and health benefits. Many juicing experts prefer to juice their vegetables and fruits as they believe nutrients enter the blood stream faster.
If you’d like, you can read some of the differences between juicing and blending here.
This recipe is for the green smoothie that I make each morning. It yields about 42 ounces. I usually drink about 30-32 ounces during the day, and Barbara drinks the rest.
In order to obtain the maximum health benefits, most experts who advocate juicing suggest that fresh juice should be consumed within 4 hours of making it. I try to do my best within 6-8 hours. It’s a lot of juice.
I recommend buying only organic vegetables and washing all vegetables in filtered water before getting started.
Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a practicing medical professional but just sharing with you what is working for me. I am in the process of healing and will keep adjusting what I’m doing. I highly recommend you seek out professional advice for yourself and only use my tips as a starting point.
How To Make My Healing Green Smoothie
*Free printable recipe card is available at the end of the post.
Step 1. First, toss in four to five romaine lettuce leaves. Romaine is packed with nutrients and is high in Vitamins A, K, and folate.
Step 2. Then add in three large kale leaves. You can use any kind of kale. Kale is another leafy, green vegetable loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and compounds believed to prevent cancer.
However, it is a good idea to rotate green vegetables so sometimes I substitute with bok choy. Many people don’t like to juice spinach or Swiss chard in their raw form because of their high oxalic acid content. Oxalic acid has a tendency to prevent the absorption of some nutrients.
Step 3. Like the saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” so I make sure to include an apple in my smoothies. I use one large Granny Smith Apple, cut up into slices with the seeds removed.
Granny Smith’s contain more malic acid than red apples. Malic acid appears to be beneficial in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. See here. Granny Smith apples also have a lower sugar content than other varieties like Red or Golden Delicious.
This is important for people concerned with their glycemic index.
Step 4. Now pour in three cups of filtered water.
Step 5. Next, cut up about one cup of carrots. Make sure to wash the carrots and brush clean. Feel free to adjust the amount of carrots as desired.
Carrots help prevent macular degeneration, reduce the risk of cancer, and slow aging. However, if you consume too many carrots, you can end up with an orange tint on the palms of your hands.
Step 6. I add six medium strawberries. Read about the benefits of strawberries here. You can also watch this TED Seminar on the cancer fighting ability of strawberries.
Also make sure to include two celery stalks and half of an avocado (of course remove the skin and pit!). Celery soothes the nervous system, regulates the body’s alkaline balance, and aids digestion.
Avocados are loaded with potassium and heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. I have not found it necessary to add sweeteners to this drink.
I have the Vitamix Professional Series 500. I have found it is best to put heavier ingredients on top as they weigh everything down.
Also, the machine comes with a plastic tamper to press the ingredients down to facilitate mixing. And it has a smoothie setting that is automatically timed.
If your final drink is too thick, adding more water should do the trick. Feel free to customize anything else according to your tastes.
This green smoothie has been an important part in helping to improve my general health and allowing me to regain a sense of what it means to feel well.
With its refreshing taste and the knowledge that I am getting a super infusion of beneficial nutrients, this green drink will continue to be a staple of my health plan.
Enjoy, friends! Have a happy and healthy week!
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Healing Green Smoothie
- 4-5 large leaves of romaine lettuce
- 3 larges leaves of kale
- 1 large Granny Smith apple cut into slices with seeds removed
- 3 cups of water
- 1 cup of chopped carrots
- 6 medium strawberries
- 1-2 celery stalks
- ½ avocado peeled and pit removed
- Place lettuce leaves, kale leaves, and Granny Smith apple slices in Vitamix (or blender).
- Add three cups of water.
- Chop up one cup of carrots and add to Vitamix.
- Next add strawberries, celery stalks, and avocado.
- Blend on smoothie setting.
- Pour into glasses and enjoy.
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Gentle Joy says
This is a great idea… we do some of this… and have kefir smoothies every day, but this is a powerhouse of nutrients. Thank you..
Thanks for stopping by. I have read a lot of good things about kefir. This green smoothie has become a staple for Barbara and myself and really seems to give us a nutritional boost.
Anmol Rawat says
It sure looks healthy but I really doubt if I will like the taste. Will give it a try sometime.
Welcome. It is as healthy as it looks. When I first considered this type of smoothie I thought the exact same thing. Wow, it’s so green how could I ever like the taste. Also I was not a vegetable juice drinker. The strawberries and apple however do compliment the greens nicely. Also after drinking them for a while they actually became tastier for me. Perhaps my taste buds got acclimated to the flavor. Or perhaps my body craved the nutrients and changed them for me. lol. Now I really enjoy this smoothie and look forward to it every day.
Joan Harrington says
This looks so yummy Barbara! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thanks, Joan. I’m actually drinking one right now. 🙂
Aimee @ Captivating Corner Blog says
I especially enjoy making these for breakfast! Stopping by from the link up!
Welcome, Aimee! So glad you stopped by. I agree, a smoothie is a great way to start off the morning.
Nóri | ingeniouscooking.com says
This sounds delicious! I crave anything green these days, so I might have just found my next breakfast. 🙂
Hello Nori and welcome. We hear Budapest is beautiful. Thanks for commenting! Hope you love it!
Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life says
This is a great idea! My daughter juices and makes a lot of smoothies but I don’t do it enough! Thanks for the reminder!
Hi Michelle, We’ve made it a daily habit and we’re feeling so much better with it. 🙂
Oh, perfect timing on this! I’m always on the lookout for new smoothies, and I’ve been needing a little cleanse from all the junk I ate while camping last weekend. 😉
This is one of the favorites from last weekend’s Savoring Saturdays, so we’ll all be featuring it at this weekend’s party! Hope to see you there! 🙂
How exciting, Raia. Thank you.