We all know the importance of leafy greens and vegetables in our diet but for most of us it can be difficult to cram enough into our diets on a daily basis. Both green juices and smoothies can be incredibly energising and a healthy choice for the body.

A green juice is one that is focused on nutrient-dense, fibre-rich green vegetables, particularly leafy greens and herbs with a small amount of low-sugar fruits such as citrus fruits or green apples. A green smoothie is similar, although the vegetables and fruits are blended with water, a nut milk, herbal tea or fermented drink. These drinks not only nourish the body quickly but provide you with essential nutrients to support cleansing and detoxification. By swapping a meal or snack with a green smoothie is an easy way to boost weight loss while keeping you energised.

If you want to discover the joys of green juices and smoothies then pre-order my new book Supercharged Green Juice & Smoothie Diet.  If you are new to green smoothies try this easy blend – delicious, light and refreshing. You can use a herbal tea blend cooled instead of water or coconut water. Alternatively try adding a little Matcha green tea – perfect for improving focus and concentration.

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Beginner's Green Pear Smoothie

Overview

Difficulty – Easy

Time -5 minutes

Serves – 2


What’s good about it?

Perfect for a healthy meal on the go – green smoothies are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to perk up energy levels. Add a scoop of protein powder to make it more substantial especially for a post workout snack.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Simply place all the ingredients in your blender or nutribullet and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Drink immediately or cover and store in the fridge for up to 12 hours.

Did you Know?

Leafy greens are power packed with nutrition – a great source of magnesium, calcium and vitamin K for bone health. They are wonderfully alkalising, low in carbs and rich in antioxidants making them one of the most nourishing group of foods you can eat. If you want to include more in your diet check out some of my other recipes – wilted kale and pear salad, Kale crisps and creamy broccoli, pear and fennel soup

INGREDIENTS

2 large handfuls of kale leaves or baby spinach

1 pear, chopped

1 kiwi fruit, peeled and chopped

1/2 tsp supergreens powder, optional

2 cups / 500ml water or coconut water or cooled herbal / green tea

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