What Kind of Green Are You Having Today?

Swiss Chard

Would you believe that I put the entire pile of swiss chard and kale pictured above in a smoothie this morning for breakfast? Yep, just that, blended with a little water, a banana and a half, and some fresh mint leaves for a delicious “green smoothie” breakfast. Why? Well, while many people will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with green beer, I decided to do a different kind of green this year – a 3 day Green Smoothie Queen Challenge.

The Green Smoothie Queen Challenge is the brainchild of two wildly creative ladies who call themselves the Raw Divas. The purpose is to get into the habit of eating more leafy greens by incorporating them into smoothies. Because who doesn’t like a smoothie? Greens are fairly absent in most people’s diets but are actually an amazing source of not only vitamins A, C, and E, and minerals such as Calcium, but fiber and even protein too. And, according to the Divas, they are wonderfully energizing. The rules are simple: commit to just 3 days and replace just breakfast with smoothie or go all day.

After only signing up last Thursday the Raw Divas have already sent me a few encouraging emails complete with tips, recipes and a shopping list to get me prepped. Similar to my Banana Fudgie Sludgie, these smoothies incorporate fruits (to assist in the flavor department) with a big bunch of any of the typical leafy greens like kale, chard, spinach, lettuce, celery and even parsley. The smoothies make a wonderful vehicle for getting all the benefits of leafy greens with little digestive work, which leaves you with leftover energy and lots of fresh little nutrients going to work in your body.

Get on the Raw Divas’ mailing list if you want to participate in the next challenge. Until then, try the Banana Fudgie Sludgie or some of these green smoothie ideas. Play with different greens and fruits and adjust the ratios to suit your liking, as it’s really just a concoction of a little bit of water, fruit and lots of leafy greens. I’d love to hear about what you come up with!

Posted in Chew On This,Recipes by Liz on March 17, 2008 | Permalink | 1 Comment

One thought on “What Kind of Green Are You Having Today?

  1. Those Raw Divas are fantastic! And, I love green smoothies and juices…they are a staple in my (and my family’s) life.

    I love ’em :)

    Kristen’s Raw

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