Green smoothies are great for using up those spare parts of vegetables that you just don’t know what to do with. Blending them makes their rough texture smooth as silk and adding some fruit and some fat like coconut cream or almond butter masks any bitter flavor.
And Did You Know Bitter Greens Help To Produce Bile Flow Aka Digestive And Liver Health?
Different greens have different effects on our bodies detoxification system. Our body has 3 filters responsible for removing toxins, waste, chemicals and heavy metals: kidneys, liver and bladder.
Whenever We Have A Health Imbalance One Or More Of These 3 Filters Are Not Functioning Properly And/Or Overburdened.
With today's mass exposure to daily chemicals in our environment, we want to make sure we include herbs and greens daily. Greens naturally help to keep our body's filters clean and working. This in order to not have to deal with disease later.
Making Some Simple Preventative Steps Today Is What Makes For Effortless Health In The Long Run.
Good filters can easily deal with a Big Mac now and then. Damaged filters cannot deal with anything til they're fixed, and that's pretty much a pain to deal with. Especially, because often times we do not connect the dots of our symptoms with organ malfunction.
6 Greens That We Usually Waste But Are Totally Edible:
- Carrot tops: Slightly bitter, but works well cooked into soups and blended in your green smoothie!
- Strawberry tops: Add any tops you'd usually throw out into your smoothie - neutral flavor.
- Beet greens: It tastes somewhat like spinach.
- Fennel tops: Adds a slight licorice taste to soups and works well in smoothies. I like to use it for a fig-banana-almond butter and fennel top smoothie!
- Celery stalk leaves: Slight celery flavor adds a bit of that salty flavor to soups and also works in smoothies
- Radish greens: Use in salads for a spicy green touch or easy to mask in any green smoothie. Loaded with minerals like calcium and iron.
Organic Or Not?
Important to get your greens and herbs organic, as these are heavily sprayed with pesticides otherwise and not a source of health. In an ideal world, all our food would naturally be free of chemicals. It's not being a health nut to buy organic, we should not even be offered the alternate choice. Do you want your salad with a side of neurotoxins and gut damagers? No? Then you need to pay 3x as much - that's what we call organic.
I find it totally unacceptable, that we are being offered food heavy laden with what we know is man-made toxins and cause neurological, hormone and metabolic damage. There is no excuse for this. Modern over-processing and fake foods is what is making us a nation dealing with diseases, that we should not have to be dealing with in a functioning, ethical and sustainable world. Eating doesn't have to be rocket science, if only we didn't turn our food into science projects. God made good food, we made it bad.
Do All Your Products Need To Be Organic?
No, there are many crops, that are not heavy laden with pesticides and from a budget friendly perspective, you want to be aware of which are the top offenders and which product need not be organic. I estimate I get approx. 50% organic and the rest is low-score offenders.
You can google EWG to find out more info on what to get organic and what need not be organic.