How Green Shakes Can Change Your Life

My dad first introduced me to green shakes in high school. After drinking too much beer and getting pretty out of shape he decided to change his lifestyle.

A shake I made the other day. I threw a banana in for the hell of it.

A shake I made the other day. I threw a banana in for the hell of it.

He stopped drinking, started blending, and woke me up at 6am every morning by riding his loud stationary bike. When I’d get up for school i'd drink a little bit with him.

At first I thought it was stupid, until I started noticing the amazing benefits it gave me.

 When I went to school I’d have a little more energy and be in a better mood. I’d ask him for a quarter cup, then a half cup, and finally when I got used to the taste I graduated into drinking a full cup every morning.

I took the blender to college with me and I’ve been blending ever since.

 

Benefits

Blending vegetables has a ton of perks to it. Have you ever tried to eat raw kale or a beet? It’s disgusting and time consuming. By blending it all together you can gulp down your daily recommended dose of vegetables and then some.

On top of this you’ll be hit with a monumental amount of fiber that will clear you out within an hour. Most Americans don’t get enough fiber in your diet, and this is fiber is vital to a healthy gut and digestive system.

In addition, fruits and veggies are loaded with micronutrients and vitamins that you may be deficient in. These nutrients are absorbed a lot easier than a multivitamin especially if you add some healthy fat such as coconut oil or avocado to your shake.

 

How to Get Started

First of all you need a blender. Pretty much any blender will do, I’ve heard good things about nutrabullets, and I personally use my family’s old KitchenAid blender.

Next you need to figure out what you need to put in it. This is a recipe that I give to anyone who hasn’t drank vegetable shakes before to get them acquired to the taste.

This recipe tastes pretty good and is still very healthy. I call it the Green Monster.

What raw beets look like.

What raw beets look like.

  • 2 handfuls of spinach

  • 3 carrots (chopped up so it blends easier)

  • 1 lemon (peel on or off doesn’t matter)

  • 1 green apple

  • 1 small piece of ginger

  • 1 banana (optional)

 

You can basically mix and match whatever ingredients your heart desires and find a recipe that works for you. My current recipe is as follows:

  • 2 stalks of kale or 2 handfuls of spinach

  • 1 beet (peeled because I don’t like the earthy taste)

  • 1 lemon (peeled or unpeeled)

  • 3 carrots (chopped)

  • 1 full avocado

  • 1 spoonful of coconut oil

  • 1 clove of garlic

  • 1 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar

 

This makes enough for 2 large glasses filled to the brim and I drink one per morning. This is my rocket fuel.

It clears out my system, puts me in a good mood, and eating this with eggs and organic bacon in the morning keeps me full for hours.

 

Conclusion

Making veggie shakes takes 10 minutes out of your morning and improves your health and well-being. If you're worried about stomaching the taste then don't worry, the first recipe I shared is tasty and good for you.

The general rule of thumb is to add more fruit and/or fruit juice for the taste. Drinking a veggie shake every morning puts you well ahead of 99% of people on your path to better health.

 

P.S. Some of you may be wondering about juicing vegetables vs. blending them.

I've never tried juicing, but from what i've heard it's easier to drink and gives you nutrients all at once versus blending, which gives sustained nutrition over a few hours. You also don't get fiber from juicing.