The Green Smoothie Revolution with Tania Bruin
The Green Smoothie Revolution has been happening for some time now. It all started with a health crisis is the Boutenko family in 1994. After many years of research, Victoria Boutneko went on to write ‘Green for Life‘ about the use of Green Smoothies to cure a range of health-related issues. She and her two children now lecture all around the world about the health benefits of Green Smoothies. You can find out more about the beginnings of the Green Revolution here.
In 2011, I had the pleasure of meeting Victoria Boutenko and her family during a Green Smoothie seminar held next door at Tyalgum Ridge Retreat. I had been using Green Smoothies myself for over a year. I noticed a number of benefits quite soon after starting the smoothies on a daily basis.
The biggest and most immediate thing I noticed was a reduction in cravings for certain foods – that was brilliant. Also, my digestive system became much more happy & regular.
When I heard that Victoria was coming to Tyalgum, I was really excited and had to hear her speak. I learned so much more about the benefits of green smoothies from her workshop. She really pressed home to me the benefits of increasing our intake of fibre through blended leafy greens. The increased fibre really helps cleanse our colon, which according to Victoria is where many health problems begin – due to our low fibre, highly processed diets. She also spoke very passionately about using seasonal and organic food, commenting that seasonal, organic food is much higher in nutrients than conventionally grown food as well as being fresher and probably locally grown too. She actually came to visit the farm and was really impressed by all our seasonal greens – even though it was the wet season and we had minimal green varieties growing. Victoria was excited to have such fresh seasonal produce on hand and cancelled her produce order from the Brisbane markets. She used our Ceylon Spinach, Kang Kong, Kailaan, Parsley and Sweet Potatoes during her workshop to demonstrate the smoothies and explain the benefits.
So just what is a green smoothie and how can it benefit you?
Benefits of Green Smoothies
- highly nutritious
- very palatable
- simple and easy to make
- great way to increase leafy greens in your diet
- many health benefits
- great for children and adults alike
- high in dietary fibre
- good source of non-animal protein
A Green Smoothie basically involves blending (in a high-powered blender) a combination of fruits, leafy greens and vegetables into a delicious and highly nutritious drink. You can choose the base you prefer for your drink, it can be water, soy milk, regular milk or fruit juice.
At our weekly Organic Market customers are always telling me how excited they are about their Green Smoothies. Many people drink them once or twice daily. Some people are using them to assist with particular health issues, and some just to have a good colon cleanse. I believe smoothies are so popular with people because they are versatile, taste great, can be sweet or savoury and can be drunk at any time of the day. They are very filling and can comfortably substitute a main meal. And if you have children who are fussy eaters, you may find they enjoy a Green Smoothie without realising how good it is for them!
Greens in Season
At Summit Organics we grow a wide variety of fresh, leafy greens that are perfect for use in your Green Smoothies. The greens on offer will change throughout the year, and this can expose you to a wide range of nutrients and flavours, keeping your smoothies interesting and healthy.
In the Autumn/Winter season, we have our highest variety of greens available, including: lettuce, kale, spinach, silverbeet, parsley, dandelion, collards, beetroot tops, bok choi, coriander, euro spinach, kailaan, rocket, mint and a variety of delicious sprouts.
In the Summer season, de to our high rainfall, we are more limited in what we can grow, but you still have quite a range of greens to choose from, including: dandelion, bok choi, egyptian spinach, kang kong, ceylon spinach, kailaan, sweet potato leaves, parsley and mint.
Getting started with Green Smoothies is simple and easy. That’s the wonderful thing about smoothies; they are quick, simple, healthy and don’t involve lots of mess or cleaning up! Apart from fresh greens, the first thing you must purchase to “go green“ is a blender with a very powerful motor – at least 1200 watts. This helps to break down the cell wall of the greens, making the nutrients highly digestible. Without a good blender you will find your smoothies are fibrous, and not fully blended.
What blender do I use?
I highly recommend either of the following if you are serious about getting the benefits from Green Smoothies:
If you want to get the best nutritionally from your smoothies you need to spend more than $70 on a blender. The Vitamix blender is the elite machine on the market. Nothing else comes close. It retails for around $900-$1200 depending on your supplier. Personally, I use the Sunbeam Cafe Series (at just over $200 it is more accessible for most people) and I have found it does an excellent job. It also has a high-powered motor and comes with a 5 year guarantee.
Summit-Seasonal Green Smoothies
Every couple of weeks I will share with you one of my favourite seasonal smoothie recipes right here, including some nutritional information about the main green ingredient.
My current blend involves collard greens and nashi pear. Collard greens are awesome for many reasons. They are related to broccoli, cabbage and kale and are really high in Vitamin C – so it’s a good smoothie to drink as we are coming into the winter cold and flu season.
Collard greens (and other greens in this family) have been found by University of California researchers to have potent antiviral, antibacterial and anticancer actions.
Nashi Pear is also very high in Vitamin C, Vitamin B complex and dietary fibre. They are also very high in Potassium and other minerals.
Banana is a common ingredient in smoothies, making them creamy and a little bit sweet. Banana’s are an amazing source of B6, Vitamin C, Potassium and fibre.
The addition of mint and pineapple gives this smoothie an extra zing which will leave you wanting more!
- 1/2 bunch collard greens
- 1 banana
- 1 nashi pear
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 6 mint leaves
- 2 chunks pineapple
Simple add all the ingredients to your blender and whizz into a smooth mix. You can add more or less liquid to change the consistency.
Latest Green Smoothie Recipes Here: