So if my smoothie has at least 1-2 servings of fruit and at least 2 servings of vegetables, it's a pretty easy way to meet my daily requirements. And it tastes good too -- at least most of the time.
According to the USDA, one cup of raw greens such as spinach, swiss chard, collard greens, or beet greens contains
- less than 10 calories
- more than 1 gram of fiber -- good for feeling full and helping the whole digestive process
- more than 40% of your RDA for Vitamin A -- antioxidant, immune boosting, fantastic for pregnant and nursing mothers, and a whole lot more
- Vitamin C -- immune system, cardiovascular and maybe even wrinkle reduction
- A TON of Vitamin K -- almost 200% of your RDA -- in addition to helping blood clot and strengthening bones, there's some information that claims it helps reduce PMS. I don't know if this is true, but wouldn't that be great!?
- Calcium -- some claim it's more easily absorbed than the calcium in milk. I have no idea what's accurate, but it doesn't hurt to make sure
- and a multitude of other vitamins and minerals
Today's Mojito Green Smoothie
Mojitos are one of my favorite cocktails and this was a pretty good rendition of one.
1-2 cups water
2 Fuji apples
juice of one lime -- approx 3 TBSP
Sprig of mint which had approx 8 leaves on it
4 large leaves of Swiss Chard -- 3-4 cups packed
This works out to about six servings of fruits and vegetables.
Energy level is pretty good today. Now I have to leave my house because the final coat of the kitchen floor finish is being applied. Stinky!