We see a lot of green smoothies or green juice recipe online. Everyone exclaimed how good green smoothies are and how important it is for us to have the greens in our daily diet. But do you really know what are green smoothies good for?
For the whole month of June so far, I have been using spinach as my base. Let me share why I chose spinach. Our body consist of an abundance of magnesium, this is the mineral which is a cofactor of the different enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body. Magnesium also plays a part in the absorption of calcium and potassium across cell membranes. Before we go all scientific into this, you can get more information and health fact of magnesium from the National Institutes of Health.
Basically all I need to know is that amidst the different minerals our body need, magnesium is one of the important component which is also linked to the bone mineral density in our body. The regulation of the magnesium in our body (also known as homeostasis) is largely controlled by our kidneys, when magnesium status is low, our urinary excretion is reduced. This is another reminder to regularly go to toilet and clear your bladder 🙂
Here is a list of greens that have high magnesium content:
– Swiss Chard
– Stinging Nettles
A low level of magnesium in our body makes us susceptible to diseases like cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, kidney stones, insomnia, menstrual cramps, to name a few. Magnesium is extremely important to the heart in terms of energy production as well as heart muscle contraction.
So now you know, why Popeye eats his spinach well…hehehehhe
For the whole month of June, I mixed and experimented spinach with different fruits to make all my green smoothies. For the last week of the month, I used pineapple to give that natural sweetness to the drink and bananas to give a thicker texture.
I bought a whole pineapple, which cost me $1.50 only (Thanks NTUC). It was not much of a hassle to cut them into wedges and I just needed about 2 wedges for my drink. But the rest can be snacks for the rest of my family. Some of you may experience that stinging sensation on your tongue when you eat pineapples. Let me share with you an old grandmother secret (i hope). To avoid that stinging sensation, make sure when you prepare the pineapples, clean it properly.
Remove all the “eyes” on the outer layer as those are the black bits (which looks like hair strand) and they make your tongue goes numb and feels icky.
My glass of smoothie works just fine and taste real good. This is the list of fruits which I have blended with my greens so far:
Blending seem to be a great option because it keeps the fibres of the fruits and vegetables in the drink itself. None of the food were being disposed or wasted towards making the drink, I totally gulped them down 🙂
Hope you have tried at least once the of the green smoothie and I will bet that you will definitely not just stop there!
cheers and Peace,