One of my absolute favorite ways to put a little herbal magic into my morning routine is with a freshly blended green smoothie!
I have had a green smoothie for breakfast nearly every day since January 1, 2008. They have helped me lose weight, lower my cholesterol, fuel marathons, and changed my life is many ways.
Beyond physical health, I’ve found that green smoothies have supported my physical, mental, and spiritual well-being over the last decade, and that’s what I’m going to share with you below.
1) Natural Weight Loss
When I started drinking green smoothies on January 1st, 2008, I was 40 pounds overweight and I felt it!
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I tried diet and exercise, but I never found anything that kept the weight off permanently…until I discovered green smoothies!
Not only was drinking a green smoothie for breakfast each morning convenient and delicious, it helped me lose weight for these primary reasons:
- By replacing a meal each day with a green smoothie, I ended up lowering my overall calorie intake, while increasing fruit, vegetable, and fiber intake.
- Secondly, green smoothies help reset my taste buds so that I actually wanted to eat healthy. Starting my day with a delicious, nutritious green smoothie encouraged me to also make healthy choices for lunches and dinners, too.
- Green smoothies made cravings manageable. The sweet fruit in green smoothies satisfies cravings for sweets. Plus, raw chocolate was a came-changer!
I was always amazed by the 20-100+ pound weight loss stories that I received from both readers on my blog and my own cleanse participants over the decade that I was in the field.
Read more about how to lose weight with green smoothies.
2) Boost Nutrition, Plus Fruit & Vegetable Intake (Particularly Leafy Greens)
The American Cancer Society recommends that we eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day to prevent cancer and other diseases.
Green smoothies are a quick and convenient way to get your vegetables and dark, leafy greens without tasting them.
That’s the primary reason Davy and I started drinking them – just to get our five servings each day without having to eat big, boring salads!
The fruit masks the flavor of bitter greens, so even though all you taste is pineapple, mango, banana or strawberry, you are consuming a large portion of spinach, kale, or any other vegetable that you put in.
The average green smoothie recipe on my website contains 3-5 servings of fruits and vegetables, providing more than 100% of your daily value of vitamins A (as beta-carotene), C, and K. They also provide a good source of B vitamins (except B12), vitamin E, and folate.
Green smoothies provide a rich source of minerals thanks to the dark, leafy greens. All of the bone-building nutrients are abundant including calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Many of my green smoothie recipes on this website contain more than 200 milligrams of calcium, and many have more calcium than a glass of milk.
3) Increased Energy
Green smoothies provide a powerful boost of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients without bogging down your digestive system.
Since you are eating natural, whole foods in the most optimum form for your digestion and nutrient absorption, you will have more energy to get things done and enjoy your day.
Green smoothies provide B vitamins and magnesium that help support energy metabolism.
Beyond the physical health benefits of higher/better energy levels, the lifestyle and spiritual benefits are life-changing!
4) Supports Overall Health & Strengthens Immune System
There have been countless studies on diet and nutrition. The overwhelming consensus in all of the peer-reviewed, scientific literature that I have read is that people who eat more fruits and vegetables have a lower risk of developing disease – including cancer, diabetes (type 2), obesity, cardiovascular disease, as well as many age-related medical conditions.
Green smoothies naturally support a nutritionally balanced and diverse diet. Vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, as well as some of the compounds found in certain foods my provide both protective and therapeutic benefits.
Green smoothies deliver a massive dose of health-protecting antioxidants and phytonutrients. Not only are you giving your body the best defenses against disease, you are ingesting a variety of natural substances that are essential for optimum health and fitness.
To get the most antioxidants in your blends, try making your green smoothies with blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, pomegranates, acai, and cacao (raw chocolate).
Citrus fruits, cranberries, and ginger are the top immune-boosting smoothie ingredients.
5) Supports Cardiovascular Health
A healthy, plant-based diet that includes green smoothies may support cardiovascular health by protecting against risk factors including high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol.
When I was 23, my doctor told me that I would soon need to take cholesterol-lowering medication. My blood test revealed that my total cholesterol was at 199 (200 or higher is considered elevated). My LDL (the bad cholesterol) was flagged as “high”. I was falling in line with my family history of high cholesterol.
At age 30, my total cholesterol had dropped 45 points. My LDL had also fallen comfortably within the normal range.
Find out how green smoothies may help lower your cholesterol.
Many fruits and vegetables have been studied for their ability to lower blood pressure.
As part of a healthy diet, green smoothies may improve your blood pressure, while also reducing some of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
6) Improves Mental Clarity and Focus
This is purely anecdotal, I know, but when I started drinking a green smoothie every morning, I felt that I had improved mental clarity and focus.
It is during this time that Davy and I launched ourselves into entrepreneurship – navigating an economic recession (2008) that took us from jobless to successful digital nomads.
I believe that green smoothies and a healthy, plant-based diet gave us the energy, focus, and mental stamina to build a business completely by ourselves.
7) Supports Colon and Gut Health
Unlike juicing or drinking fruit juice, green smoothies contain the whole fruit and vegetable so that you get all of the fiber and nutrition.
Fiber is essential for good colon health. It feeds your beneficial gut microbes, supporting optimum digestion and a strong immune system.
There is a lot of emerging research linking the diversity of the gut microbiome with overall health, and my belief is that green smoothies can support that.
Most fruits and vegetables have anti-inflammatory properties, so green smoothies are an excellent food if you suffer from inflammatory conditions.
Many of my readers report that drinking green smoothies every day reduces inflammation.
Find out more about how green smoothies may benefit you if you suffer from arthritis and gout.
9) Spiritual Benefits of Drinking Green Smoothies
I’ve discussed the physical and mental health benefits of green smoothies. However, I believe that green smoothies can also support spiritual health as well – being the ultimate food that assists with mind, body, and spiritual wellness.
Green smoothies can be easily incorporated into a mindfulness routine (such as our Magick Morning ritual).
A simple green smoothie can become a powerful way to practice herbal magic and connect with nature to help facilitate goals, bolster intentions, and support necessary changes in your life.
Simply blend fruits and leafy greens that have associations with what you wish to manifest, or need help with (see our Simple Herbal Magick with Green Smoothies article for ideas.)