The health benefits of a smoothie containing fresh fruits and vegetables are extensive, but often times juices and smoothies only contain fruit and can be very high in calories. Leafy green vegetables are helpful for weight management because they are low in calories and contain essential nutrients like dietary fiber, folic acid, vitamin c, potassium and magnesium along with phytochemicals like lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene that also help protect cells from free radical damage. Studies have shown the numerous health benefits of a diet righ in leafy green vegetables. One study showed that even one daily serving of green leafy vegetables may help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by 11 percent. (1)
Start your day with this great Skinny Ms. Smoothie, or some of the juices below. There’s nothing better for your body than nutrients from fresh, whole foods. Try one of these great recipes today, they’re great for a breakfast, a short juice fast or just for the taste.
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Mean Green Juice 1 - Ingredients: 6-8 leaves kale, 2 green apples, 1 cucumber, peeled, 2-3 stalks celery, 1/2 lemon (no peel), 2 inches fresh ginger, 1 cup water
Mean Green Juice 2 – Ingredients: 1/2 pear, 1/2 green apple, 1 handful spinach, 1 handful parsley, 2 celery stalks, 1/2 cucumber, 1 small piece ginger, 1 slice of papaya
Mean Green Juice 3 - Ingredients: 2 stalks celery, 1/2 cucumber, 1/2 apple, 1/2 lemon, 1 small piece ginger, 1/2 green chard leaf, 1 bunch cilantro leaves, chopped, 5 kale leaves, 1 handful spinach
Mean Green Juice 4 - Ingredients: 1 handful of spinach, 3 stalks of celery, 1 small handful of parsley, 1 small bunch of dandelion greens, 1 small bunch of watercress leaves, 3 leaves of green kale, 2 bartlett pears, seeded ¼ lemon, peeled ½ cucumber, peeled
Check out more great drink recipes on the Skinny Ms. Pinterest Page! We’ve also got great Skinny Ms. Smoothies, that easily adjust with a handful of your favorite greens. Share your favorite green smoothie recipe, by leaving us a comment below.