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Green Smoothies

robyn making a smoothieIf you do just ONE thing to improve your family’s health, make it green smoothies!

Don’t let the name put you off—I make them look more purple than green, with a magic ingredient called frozen mixed berries!

Believe it or not, kids WILL drink it, and you will be surprised that you enjoy them and even learn to crave them.

Green Smoothies have helped thousands of people.  Read some of the testimonials we have received.

Why?

Who eats a big plate of plain, raw, kale, collards, spinach and celery? Mustard greens, arugula, turnip greens, dandelion greens, beet greens, and chard don’t end up in too many salads. Just the time to chew it would be half an hour (oh, and the chopping)! They’re a regular feature in my green smoothies every day. My kids drink a pint every day, and you can make it ahead and stick it in the fridge. And, in a smoothie, you don’t have to drizzle them with fattening, chemical-laden salad dressings to get them down.

You won’t believe how much green food it has in it: chlorophyll and a powerhouse of enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Unlike a juicer (which makes such a mess and throws away much of the plant), green smoothie is packed with insoluble plant fiber capable of carrying many times its own weight in toxins out of the body. Drinking a quart a day addresses what I believe is the #1 deficit in the American diet: lack of leafy greens. (And I am NOT talking about iceberg lettuce, an essentially nutrition-free food.) A close second deficit is lack of overall plant fiber in the diet, but eating green smoothies addresses that, too.

I love that it’s “fast food” that’s healthful. Unlike a salad (we do love salads and eat them for dinner, too, to further augment our consumption of greens), I can make it the night before, and put it in a quart thermos in the frig. I grab the smoothie, a straw and a napkin, and put them in an insulated lunchbox with a re-freezable cooling thingie, to go to work the next day. Your co-workers will definitely say, “WHAT IS THAT?” if you drink it out of a quart jar like I do. (If you’re shy, you can always hide with a thermos.) But if you respond with enthusiasm some of them will ask you later how to make it.

How to Make One?

It's easy!

Video Tutorials

If you've never made a green smoothie before and are wondering about how to get started, these videos will help. Robyn shows you, step-by-step, how to make green smoothies starting with choosing the right ingredients at the grocery store. Green smoothies are a quick and easy way to add more raw plant foods to your family's diet and improve your health. You can get 15 servings of fruits and vegetables just from drinking one green smoothie!

Robyn's Book

My book, The Green Smoothies Diet, is a bestselling guide to the how and why of a habit that can transform your nutrition with just 10 minutes a day in your kitchen.

What Blender should I use?

blendtec blenderYou can make a smoothie with any blender but to get the best benefit from your green smoothies, they need to be blended nice and smooth for proper digestion.  Using many blenders will give you “chunkies” to drink instead of smoothies.  Learn about the best blenders for making your smoothies!

Green Smoothie Recipes

In The Green Smoothies Diet you get 230 recipes, 180 of them contributed by my readers—their favorite green-smoothie recipes. And 50 photos of kids with green smoothie mustaches submitted by readers (plus a horse, guinea pig, and dog green-smoothie mustache)!

In The Big Book of Green Smoothies my readers contributed their very best recipes. And, 50 of their children’s photos landed on the pages of the print book, to inspire your children.

10 thoughts on “Green Smoothies”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    My question is – how are your readers posting to your blog? When we sign up for the 12 Steps blog, do we actually have access to both, and some people inadvertently post to this one instead of the 12 Steps one?

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    I do a green smoothie fast, myself, often, for a few days. It’s a great idea. In my new book, I outline a 3-day detox, a 30-day cleanse, and of course the lifestyle change of eating whole foods and a quart daily for life.

    Adding dehydrated greens, to me, is a better idea in water at OTHER times during the day added to water. Your body has plenty of alkaline, raw, enzyme-rich nutrition with the greens and fruit, at the time you drink the smoothie.

    Off topic, Katie, you register for both blogs separately. As for whether sometimes people post here on 12 Steps’ blog when they should be on the other one, I don’t know. I just try to keep up and fail spectacularly.

    🙂

  3. As a raw food vegan, I do not like the idea of consuming any dairy-related products. I do think that adding ground flax is a great idea. And if you want to delight your small children, add enough flax to the glass of green smoothies so that it turns to “gloppy pond sludge!” (about 1/4 cup ground flax to 2 cups GS, set in fridge for a couple hours, viola!)

    Two or three times a week, I add Vega’s Whole Food Smoothie Infusion. This is a vegan, alkaline, protein, fiber, EFA-rich, green food developed by Brandan Brazier (vegan tri-athlete of Canada).

    In addition, I agree that doing a green smoothie fast for a few days is an excellent idea. Intestines need the day(s) off every now and then too!

    Thanks for the opportunity to share.

    Blessings.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Also a raw vegan, I wouldn’t add any dairy products, not even fermented.

    I have been adding a spoonful of powdered maca, a spoonful of powdered comfrey root, and a half spoon of cinnamon. Great for maintaining good blood sugar levels.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for your comments about my question about adding kefir and green powder.

    As an aside, I also add ginger to my GS sometimes and I like the spiciness that adds.

  6. I personally don’t put dairy or green powders in my green smoothies. But there are so many variants amongst people’s constitutions, and someone’s nutritional needs today may be different tomorrow… Any way that works for someone to get the nutrients and balance they need sounds good to me. 🙂

    I personally can’t stand flax, but I add hemp seeds all time! As well as goji berries, inca berries, raw chocolate, coconut oil, maca, carob (only with chocolate), chia seeds, pomegranate concentrate… Fresh nut or seed milks if I want something creamy.

    I think simpler is generally better overall, but I love variety and trying all kinds of new & flavorful combos!

  7. I just did a green smoothie fast last week although at the time I wasn’t thinking of it in those terms. I felt as though I was coming down with something, my stomach was feeling off and nothing other than green smoothies appealed to me so I went with it. I felt better within three days and never did get sick.

    I never add dairy to my green smoothies. Usually just fruit and lots of greens and sometimes some fresh juice if it sounds good to me.

  8. Anonymous says:

    you should not use whey very bad stuff try sunwarrior rice protein organic raw and vegan here is a link
    http://www.amazon.com/Warrior-Organic-Sprouted-Protein-Powder/dp/B001E3XKQS/ref=pd_bbs_2?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1237772929&sr=8-2

    and check out the protein myth http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae-dlHOmwk4&feature=related
    since it is raw you are getting all the amino acids from it

  9. Anonymous says:

    and for your msg list you want to add artificial flavors to it also because it contains msg as well

  10. I put in raw spinach, chai tea, walnut oil (for essential fatty acids) and raw vegan rice protein powder with pineapple, raspberries and blueberries this morning. It’s almost too sweet for me. Maybe I should have skipped the pineapple.

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