Here is the super easy green smoothie for energy:
8 oz Harmless Harvest Coconut Water
1/2 Cup Kale
1/4 Cup Coconut Meat
A few chlorella or spirulina pills
Splash of water
WHY EAT GREENS?
Greens are nutritional powerhouses. They are rich in Vitamins A, C, E and K. They also have loads of fiber, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous and zinc.
GREEN SMOOTHIE FOR ENERGY BENEFITS:
– Blood purification with chlorophyll (the component that makes greens green)
– Cancer prevention
– Improved energy
– Improved circulation
– Stronger immune system
– Improvement of intestinal flora
– Improved liver, gall bladder and kidney function
– Mucus reduction and clearing up of congestion
Side-effects of eating greens:
– May affect thyroid function IF eaten in excess
– Patients taking blood-thinners should to consult their doctors for proper consumption of greens. You can usually have greens without any problems if you stick to the same times and amounts each day.
KALE. Kale is one of the most nutritionally-dense foods available that’s why I am using it in the Green Smoothie for Energy recipe. It is not particular delicious plain, but is perfect for making chips, blended with fruit smoothies or added to salads and massaged with olive oil or avocado.
COLLARD GREENS. Collards share the first place with Kale for their nutritional density. I like to use these leafs instead of tortillas and make wrap sandwiches with them. For example, you can spread hummus onto the dull side of the leaf, add sprouts, avocado, purple cabbage and shredded carrots, then roll everything into a tasty and healthy wrap. And of course, you can use it in your Green Smoothie for Energy (just use a little bit less than kale because it’s more dense).
SWISS CHARD. Swiss Chard is another fabulous green nutrient-rich vegetable, but you have to be a little cautious with it as it contains oxalic acid. This particular acid can deplete calcium from bones and teeth, which may lead to osteoporosis. I suggest not eating it raw and instead cooking it with something rich like oil, tofu, seeds, nuts or beans. This will help balance the effect of the oxalic acid.
BOK CHOY. Bok Choy is my favorite green vegetable to juice. It is very close in nutritional density to Kale and Collards, but it has much more liquid in it. When I am in a rush and want to make a quick juice, I put a few Bok Choy leafs through a juicer along with some pineapple and cucumber. You get a great-tasting beverage in minutes and the effects are much better than coffee.
PARSLEY. Parsley is a great herb to accessorize any meal, whether it is a light salad or a hot spaghetti squash. The two main benefits of parsley are its power to support your kidneys and its ability to help you detox from heavy metals. If you find yourself eating a lot of animal protein and/ or if you often eat tuna, I suggest adding parsley to your daily diet. I don’t recommend putting too much of parsley into the green smoothie for energy, because it has a strong flavor profile.