In October, Longevity Health Center is encouraging our patients to get back to the basics of good health and nutrition by joining the Longevity Greening Project. For 30 days, we will join together in drinking at least one green smoothie a day. As we go along, we will be using our Facebook page (Longevity Health Center) to share recipes, tips, photos, and most importantly, results!
What are green smoothies and why should I drink them?
A green smoothie is simply a combination of dark, leafy, green vegetables, ripened fruit and a liquid base all blended together. Green smoothies are a quick and easy way to get lots of veggies and fruit into your diet, giving your body the food-based nutrition that it needs. The practitioners and staff at Longevity Health Center are hoping that by joining this project together, we can all reap the benefits of gaining energy, shedding excess pounds (where needed), and boosting immunity, while changing the way that we, as individuals, and as a community, view nutrition.
What do I need?
Other than the food, you will need some sort of blender. The latest and greatest kitchen gadgets boast of emulcifying power to maximize nutrition. Many of our Longevity friends are hooked on the NutriBullet, the Vitamix, The Ninja, etc… But a simple blender will meet your needs just fine!
There are also some great online resources that can help you with recipe ideas and shopping lists. We used www.simplegreensmoothies.com as our primary source in putting together our Greening Project plan.
The Basic Recipe: Greens + Ripe Fruit + Liquid Base
|Greens||Ripe Fruit||Liquid Base|
|(1+ Cup)||(1/2+ Cup)||(1+ cup)|
(Fresh or Frozen)
(Fresh or Frozen)
Boost Your Nutrition!
A daily green smoothie is an easy vehicle by which to pack nutritional punch. Some people use green drinks as a meal replacement in order to shed pounds, while others use them in addition to meals or as a post-workout recovery snack to gain weight or build muscle mass. We encourage you to get creative and throw in boosters that will help you meet your health goals. Here are some “add in” ideas to get you started:
High-Quality Whey or Non-Vegan Protein Powder (available at LHC)
Coconut Oil (available at LHC)
Almond / Cashew / Coconut Butter
Flax / Chia / Hemp Seeds (available at LHC)
Maca Root Powder
Cilantro /Basil / Mint / Parsley
Spirulina or Greens Powders (available at LHC)
Liquid Chlorophyll (available at LHC)
Raw, Local or Manuka Honey (available at LHC)
Share Your Experience!
The Longevity Greening Project is intended to be a community experience! We want to benefit from each other’s experiences – from simple tips that helped you make your smoothie easier, yummier, healthier, etc…,great finds / sales, resources (books / websites), recipes, successes and mishaps! Most importantly, we want to hear about the health benefits that you are experiencing! Better sleep? Reduced joint pain / inflammation? Better hormone / mood stability? Stronger immune system? Picky eaters or kids participating? We want to hear about all of it. Here’s how you can be a part of the Longevity Greening Project Facebook community:
- First, make sure that you “like” Longevity Health Center’s Facebook page.
- Post your daily experiences on your Facebook page, tagging Longevity Health Center. Include any photos or videos that you would like to share. Include #LongevityGreeningProject
- Post on Longevity Health Center’s Facebook page. Include any photos or videos that you would like to share. Include #LongevityGreeningProject