” Green smoothies combine the best of all worlds. The convenience you need. The flavor you crave. The nutrition your body thrives on. The raw greens your body loves. And green smoothies encompass more than greens, with the possibility of combining an array of non-green wellness foods like citrus, bananas, and more.” – Tracy Russell
Smoothies are all the range with juice bars and smoothie stands popping up on every corner. While some are brightly colored and bursting with flavor, most of them are loaded with sugar because they rely heavily on fruits for their deliciousness. While this is not bad all the time, to make smoothies truly healthy, they need to be packed with fruits and veggies. Tracy Russell makes this so easy in The Best Green Smoothies on the Planet: The 150 Most Delicious, Most Nutritious, 100% Vegan Recipes for the World’s Healthiest Drinks. This beautifully photographed book has recipes that are truly tantalizing, but really good for you. There are recipes for Detoxing and Cleansing, Weight Loss, Antioxidant Boosts, Energy, and Immunity, but just because they have targeted health benefits doesn’t mean that you are sacrificing flavor.
Options like Watermelon Blueberry, Cherry Kiwifruit, Chocolate Acai, Ginger Spinach, Maca Cacao, Raspberry Carrot Greens, Pineapple Plum, and Frozen Raspberry Lemonade, the flavors combinations are seemingly endless. Plus, these smoothies are packed with fiber, vitamins, and other essential nutrients that can be tricky to get in a plant-based diet. Russell walks readers through smoothie essentials, frequently asked questions, and the best tools to create dreamy, creamy smoothies. Although this is a simple guide to creating healthy smoothies, it is not to be missed – especially as the summer sun starts to come out.
Green Apple Smoothie
1 medium green apple
1/2 tablespoon hemp seeds
8 fresh mint leaves
2 cups green leaf lettuce, torn
1 cup green grapes
4 ounces filtered water
Blend all ingredients on high until smooth and creamy.