Day 5 – 40 shades of Green

After a mad week of washing, chopping, blending & pouring (and turning our apartment into the produce section of a grocery store), we are almost at the finish line!  40 people every day X 5 days = 200 smoothies in total!  It’s been quite an adventure 🙂 Probably the most exciting week of my maternity leave!  Now when Lily wakes up at 6am, she joins in the smoothie making action by banging 2 spoons together on the floor at our feet.  My little smoothie family. BIG AND SPECIAL THANKS to my husband Nick for all his help making the smoothies this week.  He turned 40 (!) today,  and yet he STILL woke up at 5 to start making smoothies with me!  This one is dedicated to him.

Focus, Nick, focus!!

Focus, Nick, focus!!

In honour of Nick, this smoothie is called “40 shades of Green” – thanks to Ludovic for his creative genius in coming up with the name! Here are today’s ingredients, this time with amounts.  Each recipe makes 1L of smoothie.  This is the healthiest, most detoxifying smoothie yet!

  • The usual greens: 2 handfuls fresh baby spinach (150grams) + 1 handful romaine lettuce (75 grams)
  • An EXTRA green for today: big handful of KALE (20 grams)! The angriest, meanest, healthiest green you’ve ever seen, kale is the superhero of all greens, and it will pretty much will save your life 🙂 Seriously! A sulfur-containing phytonutrient in kale called sulforaphane is believed to have powerful anti-cancer, anti-diabetic and anti-microbial properties and is released when the leaves are chopped or chewed (or blended in a green smoothie!) Kale is also great for cleansing and detoxing. Too many benefits to list!  Kale is a good source of Dietary Fibre, Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
  • Watermelon (300g).  Along with tomatoes, Watermelon is one of top sources of lycopene (that’s what makes it red!) a carotenoid phytonutrient that helps maintain cardiovascular and bone health.  Also contains the amino acids citrulline and arginine, which can help maintain arteries, blood flow and overall cardiovascular function. An example of why the whole food is nature’s perfect medicine, Watermelon is also a source of Iron, and also Vitamin C, which helps with iron absorption.  Very cleansing for the body!
  • Flax seeds (heaping tablespoon).  Flax seeds are a great source of healthy omega 3 fat and fibre.  Rich in anti-oxidants and phytonutrients, Flax seeds have anti-inflammatory properties, promote bone health and have been shown to protect against heart disease, diabetes and cancer. They also have digestive benefits – the fibres contain mucilage, a sticky gel-like substance that slows down digestion and increases nutrient absorption in the body. It also helps reduce food cravings and helpful for people trying to lose weight.
  • Oranges (1 big one).  Chock full of vitamin C, a powerful antioxident that helps prevent heart disease and cancer.  They are also full of potassium that helps the heart function like a well oiled machine.  Another great sources of fibre.  (Notice how much more fibre you are getting in your diet now…?)
  • Bananas (6 chunks – about 1 banana)- the smoothie staple!

Behind the scenes!

This is what goes inside 1L of smoothie.  Lots of good stuff!

This is what goes inside 1L of smoothie. Lots of good stuff!

Prepping the stars of the green smoothie show

Prepping the stars of the green smoothie show

Flax seeds, freshly ground.  One of the superfood additions into todays smoothie!  All of that extra fibre and healthy fats leave you filling fuller, longer and give you all kinds of health benefits!

Flax seeds, freshly ground. One of the superfood additions into todays smoothie! All of that extra fibre and healthy fats leave you filling fuller, longer and give you all kinds of health benefits!

Kale! So hard to find in Geneva, but so worth the hunt!  I feel healthier just looking at kale.

Kale! So hard to find in Geneva, but so worth the hunt! I feel healthier just looking at kale.

Watermelon.  Seriously, how can something so tasty be so good for you?  It just feels wrong.

Watermelon. Seriously, how can something so tasty be so good for you? It just feels wrong.

So. Many. Smoothies.  (I’m going to miss this!)

So. Many. Smoothies. (I’m going to miss this!)