This 5-minute superfood green smoothie is a nourishing bowl of green goodness. Delightfully refreshing and perfectly sweet – with no added sweeteners. What a quick, simple and delicious way to get your greens!
Am sure many of us know the myriad of health benefits fruits and vegetables offer to our health and wellbeing. Yet, many struggle – including our family. For us, most days of the week are full of rainbow plates and bowls. But, there are occasions, we don’t hit our healthy eating targets. And that’s ok, right?! We make up for it – like with this superfood green smoothie bowl.
If you’re like me, you’ll be intrigued to read the following stats from The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada:
- Worldwide, 1.7 million deaths (2.8% of all deaths) can be linked to inadequate vegetable and fruit consumption
- Low intakes are estimated to cause approximately 14% of gastrointestinal cancer deaths, 11% of heart disease deaths and 9% of stroke deaths globally each year
- According to Canadian surveys, over half of adults (59.6%) eat fewer than five servings of vegetables and fruit each day. I am pleased to learn that this is an increase for the second year in a row
- Men (33.5%) are less likely than women (47.2%) to consume five servings of vegetables and fruit each day
Did any of these surprise you?
Sharing such stats isn’t my attempt to scare you. It’s not my style. For me, these stats serve as an important reminder that good health is under our control (in most cases) and food truly is thy medicine to prevent and manage many chronic conditions and to stay well.
Lets talk about something new I’ve been experimenting with – wheat grass.While it's not meant to replace fruits & veg, wheatgrass can be quick nutrition in a glass. Click To Tweet
I was reading an old book a friend gave me in London whilst on placement at university. Yes, a long time ago. The book is written by a nutritionist and speaks on the healing powers of living foods. And wheat grass was one food mentioned in the book as a potent healer. For those that know me, understand that I am open to learning and exploring alternative medicine. After all, my grandfather was a self-taught homeopath who helped many heal.
Spilling the beans on wheat grass
While it isn’t meant to replace eating fresh vegetables and fruits, wheat grass can be quick nutrition in a glass. It provides numerous vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients. It’s highlight is the significant amount of chlorophyll it contains – purported to support blood purification and enhance cell function. There are also claims that chlorophyll enhances immunity and boosts energy levels.
How confident are we about these claims? Well, much of the research on wheat grass has involved a small number of people. And that’s made it hard to validate such claims.
I can, however, share my personal experience with wheat grass – the aspects I notice and feel. It’s been positive for me. I feel more energetic, enjoy clearer skin, and have had less bouts of painful joints – something I’ve suffered my entire life. But I’ve also changed my diet considerably over the last year – to predominantly plant based. What I would say is that for me, I use wheat grass as a bonus and not as a substitute for fruits and veg.
But there is something I’ve struggled with – the taste. It’s intensely bitter for my liking. Glad to say, I’ve worked round it to create one delicious superfood green smoothie bowl. The colour is simply beautiful. The banana and pineapple disguise the taste of wheat grass perfectly. The other tip we’ve found helpful is to go easy with the amount you use; start slow and build up to the quantity recommended on the package. I add 1/2 scoop to this recipe and that’s enough for me right now. A heads up: Avoid consuming wheat grass if you are pregnant or nursing.
Have you tried wheat grass before? Would love to hear what you’re favourite green smoothie is. Share in the comments below.
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Superfood Green Smoothie Bowl
- 1 cup soy milk unsweetened
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 banana ripe
- 1 cup pineapple frozen
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1/2 scoop wheat grass powder
- Pour the soy milk, spinach, banana, pineapple, ice and wheatgrass in this order in a high speed blender and blend for 1 minute or until fully blended and creamy in texture
- Add your favourite toppings - I used chia seeds, almonds, coconut and blueberries
- Although I recommend using a high-speed blender it isn't essential it just means it may take longer to blitz to a smooth consistency. You also may need to stop and scrape down the sides a few times.
- You can also use frozen bananas which will give the smoothie a thicker and cooler texture.
- Get creative and choose your favourite healthy toppings.
- This smoothie is best served straight away when the fruit is fresh.