Vitamix Green Smoothies blend Great Taste with Amazing Nutrition
Green smoothies are not only a unique color but they also offer unique health benefits. Made with leafy greens that are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, green smoothies are an excellent way to enjoy a delicious drink that satisfies hunger and offers maximum nutrition. You may think that turning leafy greens into a smooth, sweet delicious drink can be a bit of a challenge—and it is—for any kitchen appliance other than the Vitamix 5200.
The Vitamix 5200 has the unique ability to break right through the cell walls of green smoothie ingredients and turn those greens into a smoothie that is, well, “smooth!” Vitamix processing releases fabulous flavor, delivers a drink that is amazingly smooth and creamy, and makes the valuable nutrients more bioavailable.
Here’s a quick look at the nutritional benefits of leafy greens: Leafy greens are packed with nutrition. They are a great source of non-dairy calcium, magnesium and Vitamin C. And they contain carotenoids that may help protect against macular degeneration and folate to guard against heart disease and cancer. See more about health benefits below.
As good as greens are, simply chewing them cannot release all that amazing nutrition. When fresh, whole foods are taken down to the cellular level by the Vitamix, the nutrients become readily available to nourish your body. Working at a high speed, the Vitamix stainless-steel blades and precision-designed container creates green smoothies quickly, keeping oxidation to a minimum. There’s nothing quite like green smoothies made in the Vitamix 5200!
Green Smoothie Recipes: The Ingredients
Health Benefits of Kale
Kale is a form of cabbage and related to broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. It is very low in calories and contains more nutrients than most other greens. Kale is an excellent source of vitamin K, which is essential for bone and blood health, and helps by mediating coagulation and anticoagulation. Sulforaphane is a chemical found in kale and also sprouts and broccoli. A study published in Drug Discovery Today found that sulforaphane may help stop breast cancer cells from growing. The University of Texas conducted a study and found that a diet rich in kale may prevent bladder cancer by up to 29%. Kale may also help ovarian cancer too. The Nurse’s Health Study observed that women whose diets provided the most kaempferol, a flavonoid found in kale, had a 40% reduction in risk of ovarian cancer. By supplying the body with plenty of calcium, copper and manganese, kale may help absorb iron and prevent bone loss.
For a delicious green take on a traditional smoothie, try the Kale and Pear Smoothie made in the Vitamix 5200. Using just 1 cup of kale, this green smoothie provides twice the daily requirement of Vitamin A and seven times the recommended amount of Vitamin K.
Health Benefits of Lettuce
Lettuce, like kale, is a low calorie green packed full of nutrients. Lettuce aids digestion and promotes liver health. It may also reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and cataracts and may ease nervous insomnia. Lettuce is a good source of folate which is known to reduce neural tube defects such as spina bifida. The Spina Bifida Assocation of South Australia says the incidence of spina bifida could be reduced up to 70% by getting enough folate before and during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Lettuce is also a good source of iron and vitamin C and according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, lettuce may help to fight anemia.
Health Benefits of Spinach
Famous for being the secret to Popeye’s legendary strength, spinach is truly a nutritional powerhouse—and perfect for green smoothies. A Harvard University study found that women who ate spinach more than five times a week had a 47 percent decrease in risk of cataract surgery compared with those who ate spinach less than once a month. Lutein, found in spinach, may also benefit eye health by reducing the risk of macular degeneration, according to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation. Vitamin A and vitamin K are two of the prevalent vitamins in spinach and they are known to help regulate blood flow, maintain bone health, preserve cell health and help the cells in the body grown normally.
If Popeye had owned the Vitamix 5200, the Emerald Smoothie would have been a healthy and tasty treat; a nice change from eating spinach straight from the can!
Health Benefits of Collard Greens
Collard greens are similar to kale in many ways. Like kale, they too contain the phytonutrient sulforaphane which has been shown to stop breast cancer cells from growing in a study published in Drug Discovery Today. Collard greens are also a very good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E and together, these antioxidants disarm free-radicals which may prevent significant damage to life-sustaining molecules such as enzymes, membranes, mitochondria and DNA. Include collard greens in your green smoothie for an excellent source of calcium, which helps to maintain the strength and density of bones and may also help prevent osteoporosis.
Health Benefits of Parsley
Although usually used as a garnish on entrées, the addition of parsley to a green smoothie is a smart decision. Parsley contains unique volatile oils such as myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene. The volatile oils, especially myristicin have been shown to inhibit tumor formation, especially in the lungs, as published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Flavonoids such as luteolin are present in parsley and serve as anti-oxidants. They help by combining with highly reactive oxygen radicals and help prevent oxygen-based damage to cells. Adding parsley to a green smoothie made in the Vitamix 5200 will add flavor and may even help reduce the risk of cancer. The bonus is, your breath will be fresh!
Green Smoothie Recipes
Kale and Pear Smoothie
Drink to better bones, help for your heart and an improved immune system—you get it all in this delicious Vitamix green smoothie!
Kale may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to making a great smoothie—but it is definitely one of the best! Dark leafy green kale is packed with calcium in a form that the body finds easier to digest than milk—and that’s a real bonus for your bones. Pair these nutritious but bitter leaves with pear, green grapes, and orange and a banana, and you get a surprisingly sweet smoothie that is absolutely loaded with nutrition.
Green grapes may help improve circulation and prevent blood clots—and the seeds contain protective flavinol compounds that fight free radicals and repair connective tissues. Oranges protect against colds, flu, heart disease and strokes with a big vitamin C immune boost. Bananas are a smoothie staple, but they are packed with cholesterol calming potassium.
Yield: 4 cups (960 ml)
Speed: Variable to High
Time: 1 1/2 minutes
1 cup green grapes
1 (130 g) orange, peeled
1/2 Bartlett pear
1 (120 g) banana, fresh or frozen
1 cup kale
1/2 cup water
2 cups ice cubes
Place all ingredients into container and secure the lid. Select VARIABLE speed #10, then to HIGH for 1 ½ minutes. Turn machine off.
The green smoothie is recommended as the “ blast of nutrition and energy that helps power me through the day.”
This delicious smoothie is low fat, low sodium, low cholesterol, heart healthy, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and raw!
Yeild: 4 servings
3 oranges, peeled, quartered
1 head romaine lettuce
4 cups cold water
Place all ingredients in Vitamix container in order listed. Secure 2-part lid. Select VARIABLE, speed #1. Turn on machine and quickly increase speed to #10; then to HIGH. Run for 1 minute or until smooth.
Victoria Boutenko, well-known raw food author, says "The Green Smoothie revolution is taking the world by storm! People around the world are discovering the benefits of this delicious and nutritious drink."
When you're out and about, grabbing a quick green smoothie is a healthy option, but the cost of just 3 or 4 each week can really add up.
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