I have gone back to including green smoothies into my diet, purely for health benefits. I know a lot of what is preached about these homemade drinks is hype but I dont see anything bad with a few cups of spinach thrown in a blender with some other bits and bobs.
Problem is I am reading that including things like oil, seeds, nuts or even supplements slows down the bodys assimilation of the green smoothie in your digestive tract. I personally think this is absolute bollocks considering that everything being so concentrated that I imagine digestion is not a problem anyway?.. take a look at this and tell me what you guys think - http://www.rawfamily.com/news/2012/06/12-06-06.html
Im not one for adding nuts to these drinks but to say flaxseeds would interfere with digestion.. idk, but its got me thinking I should keep my smoothies simple just incase i.e. only greens and fruit.
Another concern of mine is whether they are ok to consume everyday or whether I should really limit them to every other day due to all the talk about oxilatives, I mean I plan on rotating them anyway. Something like this. -
one week - rotate between kale, 1/2 cucumber, 1 pear and a small chunk of ginger,
next day rotate to romaine lettuce, half a bannana, chunk of ginger and 1 pear.
following week - spinach, ginger, 1/2 a cucumber, 1 pear.
Following day 1/2 cup coriander, 1/2/ cup carrot tops, 1 bannana, 1/2 cup of mango and a chunk of ginger.
As you can see these are quite boring recipes.. but it is a reasonable rotation to avoid blending the same greens. I already consume flaxseed and berries with my oats in a morning. I will avoid putting coconut oil in the smoothies along with flax seeds if it does in fact inhibit digestion but idk what to think on that one.. In terms of how I feel I would say there is a mild energy increase but I also find the drinks very relaxed.... almost sedative really... not sure if this is a bad sign... my instincts tell me not to drink these every single day but idk if im worrying over nothing.. I was thinking of adding half a cup of home made almond milk but would like to hear anyone thoughts or experiences with making these drinks as a lot of people report kidney stones and other problems later in life.
Thoughts on green smoothies?.. anyone have some more fool proof recipes?
EDIT: One positive I will add is I feel they are good for clearing up a cold, as well as the digestive tract, but what do I know..