Without specific knowledge of their cellular actions or mechanisms, phytochemicals have been considered as drugs for millennia. For example, Hippocrates may have prescribed willow tree leaves to abate fever. Salicin, having anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, was originally extracted from the bark of the white willow tree and later synthetically produced became the staple over-the-counter drug aspirin.
Have you ever tried a green smoothie ?
A few years ago, I tasted my first one. It was delicious! Around the same time, a friend bought me a book, called Green for Life, by Victoria Boutenko. I put the book on a shelf and did not pick it up again (or drink another green smoothie) until a few years later. I’m really glad I finally did!
I now make green smoothies a part of my plant based diet and healthy lifestyle. The source of this blog information is the book I read, Green for Life, and my personal experience.
Our Cousin the Chimp
The animals most similar in genetic makeup to humans are chimpanzees, who share more than 99% of the same genes. So, it makes sense to consider what foods eat: 25-50 % greens and about 50 % fruit.
By contrast, more than half of the standard American diet is simple carbohydrates (e.g. bread and white rice) and animal-based foods (e.g.beef and chicken). Greens and fruit comprise less than 10% of the SAD, compared with 75 to nearly 100 % of the chimps diet
Does it make sense that we are so similar biologically, but our diets are so radically different? Absolutely not!
A Solution: Green Smoothies!
What is a green smoothie ? It is a blended drink containing green leafy vegetables and fruit.
Combining fruits and greens in a smoothie each day can help solve the problem of not getting in enough fruits and vegetables every day. It is a source of multiple servings of fruits and veggies every day that doesn’t force you to chew all day long! Why green leafy veggies and fruits? Because they are loaded with more nutrients, including fiber, than any other food on the planet! Contrary to popular belief, they are also a great source of protein !
Here are some of the experiences documented in the book, Green for Life, that people have felt after 30 days of green smoothies:
- More energy
- Less desire for other foods, including junk foods and animal based foods
- Less cravings
- Sleep better
- Weight loss
- More regular bowel movements
I have personally experienced several of these benefits within only a few weeks! I’m hooked because they are really delicious, and I have more energy and less junk food cravings when I drink them.