There’s been a lot of hype about green smoothies lately. But it seems like after a while, all green smoothies begin to look and taste alike. So I was on the hunt for something different, but nutritional–like a healthy chocolate green smoothie recipe.
You see, I’m the type of person who has a hard time eating fruit. Don’t get me wrong–I love the taste and health benefits of fruit. I’m just too busy to peel, dice, cut or whatever to eat a piece of fruit.
Now if there’s cut fruit set before me, I’ll eat it joyfully. I’m just very reluctant to prepare it for myself.
So green smoothies are my favorite way to help me get the necessary fruits and veggies I need on a daily basis.
Why are green smoothies so good for you?
In order for our body to run properly, it needs the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that come from plants. Without them, our bodies can’t run as they are designed to.
Take, for instance, a car that’s made to run on gasoline. If we don’t keep putting gas in the car it will eventually stop running. Or what if we decide that we don’t like the smell of gasoline, so we put perfume in it instead? How long before the car goes kerplunk?
We can replace a car with a newer or better model. But we can’t replace our bodies. We get one per lifetime. So why wouldn’t we give it the utmost respect and put in it the nutrients we need to stay healthy?
So if you’re like me and you know what you should be doing but have a challenging time doing it (AKA eat enough fruits and veggies daily) then maybe a green smoothie would be ideal for you.
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Caution: It does matter which green smoothie recipe you try
Not all green smoothies are created equal. Just because it has both veggies and fruit in it doesn’t mean it’s healthy. You have to check the smoothie recipe for the following precautions:
Fruit to veggie ratio too high – While fruits are, in general, healthy for you, most are full of sugar. Yes, this natural sugar is healthier than processed sugar, but it still is a lot to be ingesting usually first thing in the morning.
For instance, a 12 oz glass of strawberry banana smoothie can have up to 44 grams of sugar in it. Compare that to a can of Coke which has 39 grams of sugar or a Sprite with 33 grams.
It’s recommended by the American Heart Association to limit daily consumption of sugar to 6 to 9 teaspoons per day, the equivalent of 25.2 to 37.8 grams. So you can see how too much of a good thing can be harmful to our bodies.
Using the same type of greens every day – There are certain types of alkaloids in all greens. While these alkaloids are in very small, harmless amounts, you can get a buildup and suffer health consequences if you eat the same type of greens week after week.
So to avoid this, simply rotate your greens—spinach one week, kale the next, romaine lettuce after that and so forth. There are plenty of greens to choose from: kale, spinach, spring mix, romaine, arugula, Swiss chard, beet greens, collards, and bok choy, among others.
It lacks healthy fat – Fat-soluble vitamins A, E, D and K benefit the body most when ingested alongside foods that contain fat. They absorb best when taken with higher-fat foods.
Many green smoothies lack healthy fats, such as avocados or nuts, which are necessary to fuel the body and brain, as well as keep you satiated.
Healthy chocolate green smoothie recipe
With these tips and precautions in mind, here’s a chocolate green smoothie recipe that includes the right combination of greens, fruits and healthy fat. I added one serving of cacao powder to give it a yummy, chocolatey taste while flooding my body with good nutrients.
Cacao is a superfood that’s completely guilt-free. Cacao is different from your better-known cocoa powder. Regular cocoa powder and chocolate have been chemically processed and roasted, which destroys the majority of the antioxidants and flavanols (the things that keep you young and healthy) it contains.
Cacao is loaded with beneficial compounds and provides a great source of magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, potassium and copper. It is also one of the richest natural food sources of antioxidants.
And the best thing–it has a yummy, chocolate flavor. So you can indulge without the guilt.
Ready to give this chocolate green smoothie a try? Let’s go!