Anybody that knows me, or is friends with me on MyFitnessPal, knows that I am slightly obsessed with drinking my meals, and lately that means lots of green smoothies ! They are the perfect breakfast-on-the-go, packed with most of my daily fruit and vegetable needs and if made right, taste great!
These days I mostly just make up my own recipes based on what I have on-hand. Once you master the art of the perfect smoothie (see picture below), you no longer need a recipe. However, even I like a little inspiration every once in a while. My inspiration for this week is coconut butter… I never thought to add that to my smoothies! So today I whipped up frozen strawberries and peaches with spinach, kale and coconut butter. Yummy!
So while researching for this blog, I came across the below article and am dumbfounded. It seems like every time we turn around we’re being told something we thought was good for us is now bad for us. How in the world can eating leafy greens now be bad for us? I, for one, am not giving up my green smoothies anytime soon. I still eat a well-balanced diet the rest of the day!
One of the comments to this article was on-target with my own personal assessment, and I often rotate my greens. I tend to believe that a healthy rotating of many different foods, not just greens, is best anyway.
“… In summary, I wouldn’t entirely dismiss the possibility that eating too much spinach too frequently may not be ideal, since every type of vegetable may have some potentially toxic component. In my own green smoothies or salads I strive for variety, rotating among spinach, kale, romaine, arugula, collard greens, or mixed lettuces on different days. Each type of green has a different nutrient profile, so it just makes sense not to stick with only one type. And if there’s any harmful substance in a particular leafy green, the rotation strategy minimizes exposure to it and gives the body more time to eliminate the toxin. In my opinion, the great benefits of dark, leafy greens for health and longevity far outweigh the potential risks, for people who haven’t received specific medical advice to avoid greens (and even that advice is sometimes not based on the best science).”
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