Article and Recipe by Kathryn Simmons-Flynn, Nutrition Expert
Even though I love to eat salad, I’m always feeling like I could use more greens in my diet. Greens are, in fact, way easier for us digest when we chew extremely well (which my mentor Paul Pitchford told me is at least 30 chews per bite) or in my new favorite form: the green smoothie. My doctor was kind enough to share the work of a local Ashland Oregon author Victoria Boutenko who wrote Green Smoothie Revolution. This book has really changed the way I eat. Victoria herself is mostly a raw foodist, which is something I am not. I believe that lightly cooked foods can be a lot easier to digest and it’s generally what I recommend to my fertility clients.
That said, the Green Smoothie Revolution has bridged the two worlds of raw and cooked foods for me. By using a powerful Vitamix or comparable blender, the green are liquefied making them highly digestible and I would argue absolutely delicious. Beyond being a fabulous source of chlorophyll, a lot of the research in the green smoothie revolution is based on the fact that human beings are most comparable to chimpanzees. In fact we share about 99% in DNA structure. While we do a lot of testing on these animals about various human conditions, not enough consideration has been given to their diet and what makes them healthy. What Victoria concluded is that it is there above average intake of greens. Also the way they break down the cellular wall structure to access the nutrients present in the cellular walls. With this level of nutrition, hydrochloric acid is increased in the gut which contributes to many healthy benefits including: improved digestion, increase in dietary fiber, increase in chlorophyll rich blood building properties, decrease in inflammation, gentle detoxification and more energy. I would highly recommend reading Victoria’s book to hear about all the incredible benefits derived from drinking one quart of green smoothie per day.
Every day I fill the blender with variations of the following ingredients:
2 cups filtered water a bunch of kale
a bunch of spinach
½ a peach
½ a banana
a handful of blueberries
Kathryn Flynn is the author of Cooking for Fertility: Foods to Nourish Your Fertile Soul. Kathryn supports men and women worldwide in achieving a healthy pregnancy through nutrition and lifestyle changes in her individual Fertility Nutrition Consultations. For additional information, please feel free to email Kathryn at Kathryn@fertilefoods.com or visit her at http://www.fertilefoods.com