Green Smoothie Basics


Green Smoothie Veggie And Fruit Mix Beware!!

By Valli Manley B.C.N.D


Green Smoothies have become the current craze in the weightloss community. There is no doubt that raw green vegeatbles are EXCELLENT health boosters. They provide vitamins, minerals and enzymes which are readily bioavailable. This is great, but when mixed together with all of the other ingredients is where the problem arises.


Many green smoothie recipes mix ingredients like kale, pineapple, strawberries, bananas, pears, avacado and then either regular milk or a nut milk. This is a perfect recipe for a stomach upset or a bloated stomach. There is an unhealthy food combination presented here.


You have fruit which digests quicker than any other food group, and when mixed with the other ingredients like the avacado, which contains fat, it will stay in the stomach longer causing fermaentation and gas. The gas is caused by the proliferation of unfriendly bacteria because of the poor food combination.


Practicing Food Combining with Smoothies


If you love your smoothies, you may be reading the rules of food combining with dismay. Blending a smoothie is the ultimate in combining a lot of different foods in one easy meal. It’s what makes smoothies so nutritious, delicious, and convenient. If you think you want to try food combining to eliminate digestive issues, you don’t have to ditch your smoothies. You can practice food combining with smoothies. Here are some tips to help you get started:


  • Make all-fruit smoothies. Probably the most difficult food combining rule for a smoothie enthusiast is eating fruits alone. You’re probably used to mixing fruit with proteins like yogurt and with vegetables to. To obey the laws of food combining, just separate out the ingredients. Create fruit-only smoothies and use ice and water or tea for your liquids. Ideally use primarily berries that don’t contain as much sugar as most fruit. Eat these in the morning as food combining suggests fruit should be avoided later in the day.


  • Separate your acidic and sweet fruits. If you want to get more detailed about fruit combining, some proponents suggest you should not combine sweet and acid fruits. Bananas, a staple of most smoothie recipes, are sweet and should not be combined with citrus, pineapple, pomegranate or any other fruits with sour notes.



  • Include non-starchy vegetables in fruit smoothies. Many non-starchy vegetables are actually fruits, so you can bend the rules a little and include them in your morning fruit smoothies. These include bell peppers, tomatoes, avocados, and cucumbers. Greens are also considered acceptable to pair with many fruits, so consider throwing some spinach or kale into your fruit smoothie.


  • Make a protein-rich smoothie for later in the day. Use yogurt, milk, nut milks, and nut butters as your proteins, ice to thicken, and honey or stevia to sweeten a protein-rich smoothie since you can’t use fruit. You can include non-starchy vegetables in this smoothie, but avoid starches like pumpkin, sweet potato or grains.



  • Include spices to improve digestion. Ayurvedic practitioners have long been using spices to improve digestion and to overcome the effects of bad food combinations. Use ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, and cardamom to enhance your smoothie flavors and to make them easier to digest.


  • If you are consuming more than one smoothie a day wait a few hours in between different types of smoothies. Food combining rules state that your digestive tract needs time to work on different kinds of food. Having a fruit smoothie followed by a protein smoothie soon after defeats the purpose of food combining. Wait two to three hours between eating your segregated smoothies.



Smoothie Recipes to Try

Here are a couple of recipes to get you started on food combining with smoothies. The fruit smoothie is great for breakfast, while the green smoothie is perfect for lunch time. Use these and the other recipes on this site as inspiration to create your own tasty recipes.


Basic Fruit Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup water or herbal tea
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 cup mixed berries
  • 1/2 apple (don’t use a sour, Granny Smith apple)

Blend together until you get a good consistency. You can leave out some or all of the ice if you use frozen instead of fresh berries.


Basic Green Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup water or green tea
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup greens (spinach or kale)
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • A pinch of fresh or powdered ginger
  • A few ice cubes
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey to sweeten

Blend the ingredients together until you get a nice consistency. The avocado gives you the protein and fat you need to stay full, while the greens are packed with nutrients and the ginger aids digestion.


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