Green Smoothie 101 + When To Buy Organic

Dr. Phoenyx's Green Detox Smoothie- Recipe below...

Dr. Phoenyx’s Green Detox Smoothie- Recipe below…

There’s a full blown green smoothie movement going on and I think that’s absolutely fabulous. Everywhere I turn women are talking about how they’ve incorporated green smoothies into their diet so they can upgrade their health, lose weight, and even reap the benefits of things like clearer skin and healthier growing hair. So today, in celebration of the green smoothie, I wanted to share a bit of info about greens smoothies:

  • What actually constitutes a green smoothie, and
  • How to be a bit more health conscious about your green smoothie ingredients- namely when to buy organic.

What is a green smoothie exactly?

It seems that everyone has their own definition of what a green smoothie is. And for some making a green smoothie is as basic as adding a few green leafy veggies to their smoothie no matter what else is in it. But technically speaking, it’s not as simple as just adding a bit of green veggies to the mix. Indeed there’s a bit of mathematics behind the making of a green smoothie. Don’t worry, it’s not a complex math at all. It’s very simple in fact. And in its purest form, a green smoothie is a blended beverage that is typically a 3:1 ratio of green vegetable to fruit.

See, I told you it was going to be simple math. And just in case you’re wondering why, this ratio is used to balance flavor and provide optimal nutrition.

Organic vs. Non-Organic? How to pick your green smoothie ingredients

As taken from the Environmental Working Group

As taken from the Environmental Working Group

As you can imagine there are an infinite number of green smoothie recipes to be made.  And I’m not going to tell you what fruits and veggies you should choose. That’s for you to decide- and the most fun part of it all! But what I do want to educate you on are the types of produce that you should strongly consider buying organic because of the high probability of pesticide exposure. So the next time you make a green smoothie, make sure you reference the infographic below. The infographic above is a composite of the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) annual list of the Dirty Dozen foods- aka foods that rank highest on pesticide residue according to data from the Department of Agriculture. Overall the EWG estimates that individuals can reduce their pesticide exposure by 80% if they switch to organic when buying these 12 foods. And I’m sure some of you are going to be very surprised to learn that some of your most common green smoothie (and non-green smoothie) ingredients do make the list of the Dirty Dozen, so be sure to reference this list the next time you go shopping.

Share your favorite green smoothie recipe. How often do you buy organic produce? – Doc