Fresh fruits and greens include natural antioxidants that help repair and regenerate cells, and the first place where they show up is on your skin. Green smoothies boost your omega-3 fatty acid intake by adding extra flaxseed or chia seeds, as well as providing a natural cleanse from the fiber. Let’s look at why green smoothies in the first place…
Introduction – Why Green Smoothies?
Juice and smoothie bars and retail outlets with names like Jamba Juice, Smoothie King, and Tropical Smoothie Café can be found everywhere these days. They sell chilled blended fruit and vegetable drinks that may contain a variety of ingredients such as honey, syrup, sugar, milk or yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, and protein powders.
These smoothie and juice joints exploded in popularity in the 1990s, despite the fact that health food stores on the west coast of the United States began selling smoothies as early as the 1930s.
That was the year the electric blender first appeared in the United States. Smoothies with ice and dairy products began to be sold by ice cream vendors and health food stores and some type of sweetener to a fruit or fruits. Vegetables were sometimes used, but were not the primary ingredient.
Right after retail smoothie and juice stores came into vogue at the end of the 20th century, green smoothies started to become very popular. They predominantly focus on leafy green vegetables such as kale, collard greens, celery and spinach, and are a great way to get your daily ration of healthy vegetables into your body.
When Australian businessman Joe Cross began preaching the health properties of juicing leafy green vegetables in 2005, the groundwork had already been laid for a juicing and smoothie explosion. Cross drank nothing but juices that were 80% vegetables and 20% fruit, and ate nothing for 60 days. In that time, he lost 82 pounds and beat an autoimmune condition his doctors said he would have for the rest of his life.
He released a film of his juicing journey, titled Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. He made the movie available free of charge online at his website, as well as video sharing sites like YouTube. Seemingly overnight, everyone was making juices with leafy green vegetables for health reasons, with some people reporting truly miraculous physical transformations.