My green smoothie makes me feel awesome 103



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I came home from my Christmas holiday feeling bloated, having eaten my way through too many carbohydrates and drunk my way through too much wine.  I had to do something about the way I had been eating, and frankly, after eating badly for a month in America, all I wanted to do was eat fruit, vegetables and healthy food.

My solution was to start a clean eating program, the highlight of which has been a “green smoothie” every morning.  And after two weeks of doing so, I have to admit I am addicted to them and feeling much healthier for having one every morning.

It has decreased the amount of foods I eat in the day, made me feel full all morning, and set me up for a more healthy eating pattern.

The ingredients are many and varied, but my favourite recipe, after a bit of trial and error includes:

IMG_87731 mango

small handful of baby spinach

small handful of kale

1 cup of coconut water

2 tablespoons of chia seeds

2 teaspoons of spirulina powder

a nice big chunk of fresh ginger

a whole lime, skin off

1/2 a cucumber

a handful of grapes

I have to warn you, it is not a cheap experiment, so I have chosen to make a trip to the local markets every weekend where I can buy a box of slightly riper mangoes for $5, kale by the bunch for less than $2 and a bag of limes for $1.50 per kilo – nothing like what you would pay at the major supermarkets.  I think it would cost more than double this otherwise.

I started out doing it as an experiment to see what all the fuss was about, and have been reluctant to buy one of the superfood blenders or nutribullets, choosing to work with the blender I have for now, which, if I use enough liquid and put the leaves in under the mango, blends up very very well.  As I prove to myself that I am a superfood smoothie drinker, I may justify the purchase of a nutribullet or cheap version of it which my friends tell me can be bought at target and Big W for much less.

So, are you a green smoothie drinker?  What’s in your favourite recipe? Or are you brave enough to try mine?

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Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. Pineapple and fresh mint go great with kale, baby spinach and celery and cucumber . Fresh ginger sounds worth trying too.

  2. I just have some chlorophyll before my home made muesli, ten times cheaper and just as good.

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    • Strange how good it makes you feel, can’t explain it. Have it in water before I go for swim. Then muesli when I get back. Put dates, chia, flax seeds, quinoa flakes,walnuts, craisins and lots of rolled oats. Make enough for a fortnight, very cheap compared to the sugary ones in the supermarket. Ahh, life’s good!

  3. I love my breakfast smoothie – it is similar with frozen berries, coconut water, chia seeds, goji berries, half a banana, handful of kale and handful of silver beet, two tablespoons of protein powder – a teaspoonful of stevia to sweeten. My stomach feels so much better and I don’t crave the snacks in between meals.

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    • Glad to see the protein powder Lyn!
      no one else has mentioned protein!
      I was about to comment – all god, but all carbs in the green one – one needs the balance of protein and carbs…

  4. I would be interested to know if any readers have bought the cheaper version of the bullet and if it is reliable. These smoothies certainly deliver nutrition in a concentrated form. I wouldn’t have to eat for the rest of the day! 🙂

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    • Yes from Homeart $29.95 although I have read someone bought one for $25…. Mine has been going strong for over a year..

    • I bought cheaper version from Aldi………quite useless. It doesn’t puree anything at the bottom of the container. It was a 300klw motor. A 600 plus is much more efficient.

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