After indulging in what felt like a toxic acidic orgy and love fest with Mr Darcy, I have decided to lovingly offer a detox with one of my favourite alkaline green smoothies. What better day to share this delicious green smoothie recipe than today, which is International Green Smoothie Day. I know, I know, there is a holiday for every single food on the planet these days. But I am going to champion the cause of this green smoothie holiday with gusto, as I believe everyone should be including green smoothies in their daily eating regime.

That, and it is another excuse to champion my beloved Vitamix and the power of s'blended raw green foods. To learn more about the power of green smoothies head to my green smoothie page in the resources section where I talk in detail about the healthy benefits of drinking green smoothies and how I came to include them in my health regime.

Green smoothies are such an important part of my daily life that It has been remiss of me not to have shared more green smoothie recipes with you sooner. Apologies for that!

I will add a little disclaimer here: Some of the green smoothie recipes I will share will be to your liking and some won't . In other words, some are for fun, and some are more hard core. We all have different taste buds so what works for one person won't be palatable to another. Let me also stress the importance of rotating your greens in order to achieve a balanced nutritional profile in your green smoothies. I received a few emails recently asking me about why I use so much spinach and questioning me about excessive consumption of oxalic acid. I do not use spinach in my green smoothies every day. I rotate my greens to include kale, carrot greens, turnip greens, beet greens, dandelion greens, silverbeet, parsley and many others.

The only reason why I often include spinach in the recipes is that it appeals to the majority of people. Spinach is a very mild tasting green that is widely available. It also blends with a multitude of sweet and savoury flavours for mainstream appeal. I thought it best to ease more cautious foodies into the concept of green smoothies, in the hopes they will get passionate about the power of live greens and start branching out with more exotic blends.

I first tasted a version of this smoothie when it was made for me by Doctor Robert O Young and Shelley Redford Young at the Beverly Hills Library some time ago. I had followed Dr Young and his work for many many years, and the chance to finally meet him in person was exciting. Since then, I have been lucky enough to spend some time with Dr Young and the staff at The PH Miracle Center and it has been life changing. 

I asked Dr Young if I could post this alkaline green smoothie recipe and he graciously gave his permission. So here is a version of Dr Robert O Young and Shelley Young's famous green alkaline sweet smoothie. 

Happy Green Smoothie Day!

This recipe published here with permission from Dr Robert O Young. 

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Dr Young’s Alkaline Green Smoothie

  • 4 cups firmly packed organic baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 2 whole peeled limes or the juice of 1 red ruby grapefruit
  • 1 English cucumber chopped
  • 1 or 2 cups of ice cubes depending on preference
  • 1 inch piece of raw creamed coconut
  • about 20 drops of alcohol-free liquid stevia (I like Nu Naturals Alcohol-Free Lemon Stevia) (you can use 2 Tbsp coconut crystals or 2 pitted dates in transition. But stevia is best)
  1. Throw all of your ingredients in your Vitamix and puree until smooth and creamy.
  2. Adjust sweetener to taste and devour. YUMMO!
  3. Serves 2.

This recipe published here with permission from Dr Robert O Young. 

Tips!

select fresh spinach popeye would be proud of

The best tasting spinach has vibrant bright green leaves with crisp stems. This spinach also has the highest nutritional value. Purchase organic wherever possible. Avoid wilted leaves that have yellow discolouring, bruising, or a slimy coating. This spinach has passed its prime and should not be consumed.

I just started juicing..I mean really juicing as in a green tasty drink every morning, so this recipe is much appreciated. I will be going through all your green recipes now to add them to my repertoire. (Oh and wonderful meeting you at BlogHer!)

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Hey Jen!
Yes! It was WONDERFUL to meet you at BlogHer
What a fabulous weekend.
I look forward to seeing you again and swapping some recipes from YOUR wonderful blog :)
Oink Oink

Starting a juicing regimen is one of the best things I ever did! I’m always singing its praises. I’ve never felt so good, and I came through radiation therapy with absolutely no fatigue.

In the interest of expedience, I make the same juice most days. I know I should rotate but it’s hard when it’s the first thing you do in the morning and you’re not a morning person! So, I would love your feedback on my recipe. A little background on what produce I already eat: Because of my former cancer, I try to avoid sugars and therefore don’t usually juice sweet fruits. I do eat coconut oil daily, berries and nuts at breakfast, plus a salad at dinner, and usually another 1-2 servings of veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, or squash. I often eat a vegetarian entree like palak paneer or channa masala or enchiladas at lunch. So, that said, here’s the juice recipe:

- 2-3 carrots
- 5-6 leaves lacinato kale, maybe about a cup and a half once de-ribbed and roughly chopped
-  2-3 celery stalks
- half a cucumber
- juice of 1/4 to 1/3 lemon
- couple dashes of habanero hot sauce
- a drizzle of olive oil

Thank you for your time and your wonderful blog.

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Hey Tina
I am SO happy that you are eating your way back to optimum health! Wonderful!
Your smoothie sounds absolutely delicious!
In fact, I would LOVE to feature it on the blog with a credit to you and your story.
I will shoot you an email so you can tell me what you think.
Cucumbers and lemon juice are two of the most alkalizing amazing foods on the planet. I eat them every day.
I know it is challenging to source greens and come up with different combinations, particularly first thing in the morning.
But it would be great if you would rotate the ingredients as much as possible so that you are getting the benefits of a balanced nutritional profile.
Perhaps enjoy your favourite smoothie a few times a week and mix it up the other days?
I look forward to hearing more about your journey back to health.
It is wonderful to be connected.

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Thanks, Tess! I’m so glad you think the green smoothie recipe is a good one. I’ll be glad for you to share the recipe and my story on the blog. Catch up with you in email-land!

Tina

Wow what a beautiful site! Yeh in our green smoothies we use real coconut water, pineapple and mangoes to give it the real hawaiian mood. Green smoothies are awesome!

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Thankyou. Right back atcha! I LOVE your smoothie! Wonderful to be connected. Oink!

Hi Tess!  I just got home from a tough workout and I SO NEED THIS SMOOTHIE.  Now!  I don’t have grapefruit so I’m gonna sub-in lemon.  I hope that’ll work.  I have everything else just waiting to jump into my Vitamix.  I’ll let you know.

Thanks for the recipe + inspiration.
p.s.  your website is beautiful, just like you.
p.p.s.  so fun to talk with you at BlogHer.

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Hey Elizabeth
Yes, It was WONDERFUL to sit with you at BlogHer.
Limes work really well in this smoothie too.
Hope to see you again at another event.
Oink Oink

I had this smoothie this morning for breakfast and I was surprised at how tasty it was. I have never used coconut crystals before. But will start using them in more recipes now.

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I tried this smoothie this morning and it was surprised too at how good it was. I am going to put a cucumber in all my smoothies now.

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Great! I eat at least one cucumber every single day. One of the most alkalizing things you can eat!

This has to be my favourite smoothie of all time.  I really have to try hard to deviate away from this particular recipe, but I know you have to rotate your greens, so I am a good girl, and I do so. I omit the sweetness part of the smoothie as I try to avoid sugar as much as I can.  It’s still the bomb as far as I’m concerned.  Thanks Tess, you have opened a door for me (in regard to my health) one which I love going through every day. :)

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Hey Piggy Helen!
Thanks for your lovely words! I am so glad you love this smoothie as much as I do! YUMMO!
The Youngs have got it going on!
Try some more of their recipes in their book and from their website. They are wonderful people with so much valuable information that they lovingly share.

I love it!!!! Everything wholesome and good packed into one super healthy drink!!!! I couldn’t get by without this one, it makes me feel ALIVE!!!! ;)

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Full of love and goodness. Looove! :))

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After a quick workout at lunch, I don’t have much time to make something healthy & quick.  This totally works for me!!!  Thanks!!

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Thanks Katy, Claudia and Morgan.
This smoothie is a winner with lots of ice!

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Hi!  I’m intrigued by this smoothie recipe but I have to ask:  What is raw creamed coconut?  I asked about it at Earth Fare today and they had no clue what I was talking about.

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Hey Renee,
Sorry for any confusion.
I have added a link to the creamed coconut in a box. It is coconut that has been pressed down into a block.
You used to be able to get this at Whole Foods and most health food stores, but it is becoming more difficult to get.
You can also get it at Asian grocery stores.
I order mine online from Amazon.
I keep cases of this in my house for use in smoothies, soups, curries, desserts.
Enjoy!
http://astore.amazon.com/healthybcom-20/detail/B00113ZZ5U

What does it do to the Alkaline balance if I include the grapefruit meat?

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Hey Michelle,
It is slightly less alkaline with the grapefruit meat. If you add all of the meat it also makes the smoothie quite bitter.
You can add 2 peeled whole limes to this smoothie instead of the grapefruit juice if you want to add whole fruit and it is MAGIC!

Tess,
So, for the past two weeks, I’ve been making a version of this every morning for me and Chris. So YUMMY! and invigorating too.

I made the above recipe the first day, but since I’ve been experimenting. This morning was a couple large leaves of kale, a few leaves of dandelion greens, a few leaves of beet greens, 1 stalk of celery, 1 medium size carrot, half of an avocado, a quarter of a medium sized tomato, a bit of fresh ginger,  a couple drops of lemon juice, a sprinkle of sea salt, then ice and filtered water. I also add about half a scoop of Living Fuel SuperGreens. All of the produce I’m using is local and organic.

Luckily, we live in farmland. So getting fresh produce is pretty easy, which is good because this summer has been so hot, my garden is pretty unhappy this year.

As always, a fantastic recipe. Thanks!

Dawn

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WONDERFUL Dawn! Thanks for sharing your variations. I am going to try them. Greens are just SO good aren’t they?

Thanks for this amazing recipe! I only wish I could afford a Vitamix! I almost fell of my chair when I saw the price tag!

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Yes, it is an investment, that really is like investing in a lifestyle. I have never looked back. You need to save up. You can make this recipe in any blender. Enjoy :)

Thanks so much for pointing the way with these smoothie recipes.  Really helpful when you are starting out on the whole smoothie thing x

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Pleasure. We’ve got lots of recipes here to help you. Enjoy :)

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