Greens are very vital and essential to an optimal diet. In fact, they are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet (a superfood), providing a bucket-load of vitamins, minerals and protein. Sadly, most Americans who eat the SAD way (Standard American Diet), don’t eat much greens on a daily basis. If they do, chances are: it’s not organic (conventional greens contain 52 toxic pesticide residue that are hazardous to human health!), they don’t eat a lot of it on a daily basis and/or they have cooked the living life out of it by either steaming, boiling, roasting/baking it.
When you cook food above 115-118 degrees, it’s considered DEAD because all the living vital nutrients and minerals have been completely destroyed, leaving that cooked-to-death green veggie not much of a nutritious value. My suggestion is, eat your veggies raw. I’ll explain why and the importance of raw foods in another post. Getting in about 1-2 pounds (or more, if possible) of greens a day is awesome! My salads are colossal; I love my greens! Do you?
Whether you’re having a hard time incorporating more greens in your diet, looking to get your kids to eat more greens or simply looking to increase your green consumption<!– RawVeganLiving these 3 rawesome recipes are not only a nutritious way to incorporate more greens, but in a very delicious and enjoyable way!
3 HEALTHY GREEN MEAL RECIPES
1- Green Monster Smoothie:
32 ounce Servings (4 cups, for 1 or 2 people. I easily drink 32 ounces of green smoothies!)
5-10 fresh or frozen bananas
2-3 leaves of fresh, organic kale, spinach or swiss chard (be sure to rotate your greens in your smoothies, more on that in a post soon)
1 organic apple, sliced and cored with seeds removed
2 fresh pitted medjool dates or 3 packs of SweetLeaf stevia (add more or less, depending on how sweet you like it)
1 ½ cup filtered water (add more or less, depending on how thin or thick you like it)
8-10 cubes of ice (no need to add ice if you use frozen bananas or if you don’t like your smoothies cold)
Blend all ingredients in your blender, until a creamy and smooth consistency. Serve and enjoy!
2- Raw Vegan Kale Banana Ice Cream (a.k.a Green Monster Ice Cream):
Serves 2-4 people
4-6 frozen bananas
1-3 leaves of fresh, organic kale OR heaping handful of spinach OR basil! (don’t be afraid to add a lot of greens. The sweetness from the stevia will take care of it! Keep in mind, the more greens you add, the greener your ice cream will be!)
1 apple, sliced and core with seeds removed
1 banana, peeled and sliced
Place the frozen bananas in your high-speed blender (my favorite and only recommended blender is the Dash), blending until almost creamy and smooth, but with some chunks. Add in the greens and stevia (sweetener) and blend until a creamy and smooth consistency. Serve as you like and enjoy!
3- Raw Vegan Green Monster Salad
½ head of organic romaine lettuce (cut into fine pieces)
2 leaves of fresh, organic kale (cut into fine pieces)
1-2 leaves of fresh, organic swiss chard
1-2 stalks of broccoli, cut into pieces or chunks
2 carrot stalks, peel skin and peel into noodles with a vegetable peeler
1 long cucumber, peel green skin and peel into noodles with a vegetable peeler
1 heirloom tomato or a heaping desired quantities of tomatoes (of choice)
Miliany Bonet is an ambitious, world-renowned, raw vegan blogger, writer, researcher, author, and an entrepreneur who is passionate about sharing her love and desire for a plant-based lifestyle. She's also the main contributor at 0medz0.com. Her passion for writing shines through her posts.