Fabulous Formulas and Tricks of the Trade

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Greetings!  We are just two days away now from our Green Smoothie Experience.  Have you set your intentions for this week?  Whatever your goal may be — fasting, detox, nurturing your body, learning a new healthy habit, enhancing your lifestyle  or just experimenting – WELCOME and we look forward to sharing this experience with you.

In this blog we’ll focus on the basic Green Smoothie recipe with lots of trips and tricks to find the fabulous formulas that are sure to make you a Green Smoothie junkie for life!

A bit of my background:  I’ve been teaching classes nationwide on raw foods, raw fusion living, healthy food preparation and green smoothies for the past 3 1/2 years after having rebounded from a series of debilitating and chronic health challenges.  Green Smoothies have played a huge role in my recovery and the truly achievable phenomenon of “youthing” (as opposed to “ageing : -)  My family members have all become fans of the Green Goodness.  When prepared correctly, a Green Smoothie is like a transfusion!  They are  true nutraceutials , free of drugs, preservatives, stimulants and additives.

Ultimately, you are the chef when it comes to blending your own Green Goodness, but below is a formula for the original, unadulterated Green Smoothie per the woman who invented them, Victoria Boutenko (Green for Life).  I was honored to have Victoria write the Foreword to my book series Raw Fusion: Better Living Through Living Foods (Quantum Mind Press 2010).

Here’s the perfect formula for a green smoothie:

40% Leafy Greens (see list below) placed in the blender first, closest to the blades +

60% fruit and or vegetables of your choice or combination of them  (of course you can always have one ALL green) +

about 2 inches of filtered water +

Ice – they always taste better and go down more smoothly when nice and cold.

TRICK:  You can blend the greens first with a little filtered or coconut water to break them down first.   This works well with the Ninja system.

DR. LJ’S PHILOSOPY:  If you review the Fans’ smoothie postings on our Facebook Page you will find a lot that list ingredients like yogurt, protein powder, nut milk, nut butters, soaked nuts, dried fruits. I  feel pretty strongly that we need to flood our body with the incredible  micronutrients and phytochemicals found in pure fruit, veggies and leafy greens. From my research I feel that adding concentrated foods (nuts, nut butters) and protein (dairy, nut milk, protein powders) interfere with this. At the very least your first smoothie of the day should be simply leafy greens plus veggies and/or fruits plus water and ice (coconut water can be subbed).  We will discuss acceptable EXCEPTIONS on the Facebook page and future blogs.

TIP:  If you are new to Green Smoothies adding 1/2 to 1 banana or some mint leaves does wonders for camoflauging the “green” taste.  If you need to sweeten it up a bit, some stevia, xylitol (birch-derived is best), honey, agave, coconut nectar maple syrup or even a few dates.

LIST OF GREENS:
Beginner:
 Baby Spinach, Green Chard, Beet Greens, Spring Mix, Mint leaves (these are the least “green” tasting)
Intermediate: Kale, Cilantro, Parsley, Bokchoy,  Swiss chard, Romaine, Cabbage, Tatsoi, sprouts
Advanced: Collard Greens, Watercress, Dandelion Leaves, Arugula (you may find them bitter at first)

TIP:  Try at least 3 of them throughout the week for micronutrient diversity.  

THIS IS GREEN CHARD:  

Feast or Fast – It’s Your Choice

My intention is to have only smoothies – about 4 or 5 a day– for the full week.  I may add some herb tea at night.  Some people are planning on doing that kind of fast for a day or two or three.  some people will drink smoothies throughout the day and have a light dinner.  Others will be trying a green smoothie every morning.  Participate at what ever level you are comfortable with — and remember, just take it one day at a time!

If you’ve missed the last two blogs – Part I is here.

Part 2 is here.

Here is a page of mouth-watering Green Smoothie Recipes. (this is a new direct as this link was broken before)

Feel free to leave questions or comments here or “Like” our Fan Pageto get continuous updates.

NOTE:  Our Hypnovation for Health program will take you into an entirely new frame of mind and lifestyle.  The price is going up to $399.00 on Friday!

LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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