Okay, this smoothie doesn't look too green now does it? Berries and greens blended up equal brown. Although the color may not look too appetizing, the flavor is amazing! Our 4-year old twin boys drink it with a straw. They now race to see who is done first. We hear "done" and then "done" and then "no, I was done first" and then "I'm not playing first game." Just so you all know, drinking your smoothie as fast as you can is not optimal for digestion. It is best to let each sip sit in your mouth for at least 30 seconds to allow for enzymes such as amylase to begin to break down the fruit sugars.
We've been asked many times to offer green smoothie recipes that don't contain too much fruit sugar. Normally we use two tart apples and two pears in each smoothie, but by using berries and citrus instead you can lower the glycemic index and keep the overall FODMAP content much lower. FODMAPs are short-chain carbohydrates found in fruits such as apples and pears (and many other foods) that can contribute to gas, bloating, and other GI issues for those who are sensitive, or who have imbalanced gut microflora.
The combination of the berries, cherries, and greens create a superfood smoothie! No need to buy expensive, exotic fruits such as the acai berry! Did you know that blueberry consumption can lead to an increase in beneficial bifidobacterium in the gut? They are also effective at eradicating harmful, pathogenic bacteria in the gut. Another reason to make blueberries a regular part of your diet!
Use a glass or stainless steel straw for children. Straws seem to make green smoothies much more fun to drink!
Adding the avocado boosts absorption of beneficial carotenoids in the greens. It also slows the digestion of the smoothie, which helps to maintain blood sugar and keep you satisfied longer....meaning this smoothie can be a meal in itself.
3 cups water
2 tablespoons whole chia seeds
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 to 2-inch piece fresh ginger
2 cups frozen cherries (or strawberries for low-FODMAP)
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 peeled navel orange
1 small avocado (optional)
1/2 bunch collard greens
1/2 bunch kale
Add the water, chia seeds, lemon juice, and ginger to a high-powered blender. Blend on high until the chia seeds are pureed. Then add the cherries, blueberries, and peeled orange. Blend again until smooth and creamy. Then add the greens and blend until combined. Source: www.NourishingMeals.com
More Smoothie Recipes:
Spring Green Smoothie
Strawberry Almond Smoothie
How to Make a Green Smoothie ~ a video!