We all know we should try to get more greens into our diets and our bodies – they are just so good for us, being rich in fibre, potassium, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and a whole host of cancer-fighting, inflammation squashing antioxidants.
One easy way to do this is to add raw greens to a smoothie. Juicing is great too, but blending your greens means that the fibre is also included which helps to control blood sugar and is better for our digestive systems.
I’ve also included some collagen powder (also known as collagen peptides) to this recipe, whichis a good source of easy-to-digest protein. Collagen is also wonderful for joints, skin, hair and nails. It is unique in its amino acid profile, being rich in glycine, lysine and proline, which are required by the body to build connective tissue and regulate cell growth. Ideally go for collagen from grass fed cows.
|Ingredients (Makes one large or two smaller smoothies)|
|2 cups of leafy greens, ideally go for a mix such as kale, cavolo nero, spinach, watercress, lettuce|
|Small handful of green herbs such as parsley, basil and coriander|
|2 cups of coconut water (or regular, filtered water)|
|1 peeled and cored apple or pear|
|Squeeze of lemon juice|
|1 tbsp collagen powder|
Start by adding the greens, herbs and coconut water to a blender, ideally a high powdered one. Blend until smooth. Then add the avocado, apple or pear, lemon juice, collagen and blend again until creamy and smooth.