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Green smoothies are really popular at the moment - once you get past the colour and the fact you are drinking vegetables they really are very delicious when you find the right combo! Make sure you have some fat in your green smoothie (such as avocado, nuts or seeds) as the fat helps to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins in the fruit and vegetables. There is also some concern about oxalates in consuming large amounts of raw vegetables for a small proportion of people, as with everything this is dependant on the individual and it is always recommended to see a professional when making changes to your diet and lifestyle. But for a lot of people green smoothies are a delicious way of getting more fruit and veg in your diet and staying well hydrated at the same time.  There are loads of guides out there to help you make them yourself, here are a few I liked:

Mind Body Green - Is your green smoothie actually healthy and balanced

Mind body Green - Green Smoothies 101
Frank Lipman MD - 24 Favourite smoothie recipes

Green smoothies - the magic of getting plant nourishment into children

And here is the recipe to one of my own concoctions which came out really nicely, it is delicious (honestly!)!

To make, blend together the following (but bear in mind I went a bit crazy and this makes quite a lot! So it is perfect to share or else you can reduce the quantities):

10 large kale leaves,
1/2 cucumber
lemon juice from 1/4 lemon
1 mango
3 kiwis
1 nectarine
large handful of pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 large heaped tbsp wheatgrass powder
500ml coconut water
5 ice cubes

Serve and Enjoy :)

 



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