HEALTHY RECIPES: Chlorophyll and Greens

HEALTHY RECIPES: Chlorophyll and Greens

Chlorophyll is known as the “green blood” of plants, since it is the molecule that absorbs sunlight to synthesize carbohydrates from CO2 and water. This process is known as photosynthesis and is the basis for sustaining the life processes of all plants. Since animals and humans obtain their food supply by eating plants, chlorophyll is part of our “life blood” also.

Chlorophyll is the natural plant pigment that lends its color to grass, leaves, and many of the vegetables humans eat.

Chlorophyll:
• may play an important role in prevention of cancer
• enhances energy
• detoxifies the liver
• eliminates body odor and bad breath
• cleans the digestive tract
• aids in the prevention of liver cancer
• Is beneficial in all cancer therapy
• helps with anemia
• aids in the elimination of mold from the body.

A great way to include chlorophyll in your diet is through Green Smoothies. The juicing or pressing used to create green smoothies (“green drinks”) ruptures the cell walls of green fruits and vegetables, making the nutrients easier for the body to assimilate. Digestion, detoxification, energy generation and acid/pH regulation are all boosted. Hunger is kept at bay, blood sugar is stabilized. Green smoothies aid natural weight loss and are a great way to get your children to eat their greens.

Here are some of my favourite Green Smoothie recipes. Try some at home!

TROPICAL GREEN SMOOTHIE
1 mango, peeled and chopped
1 pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped
about a 5cm piece of papaya, peeled and seeded
1 large or 2 small bananas
1-2 large handfuls of local spinach (bayam or kankun)
enough water to process, about 1 cup
• blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth
variations:
• use fresh coconut water instead of filtered water
• add papaya, or replace another fruit with it
• add passion fruit
• use frozen bananas or ice for a cooler smoothie
• use English spinach or collard greens instead of bayam

LIVER FLUSH GREEN SMOOTHIE
Ingredients:
1 bunch parsley, using tender stocks and eliminating tough ones
1-2 lemons, seeded and rind removed
1-2 bananas
1-2 Tbsp honey
1 cup of ice cubes
1-2 cups water
Directions:
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth
Variations:
• vary the amount of water to your desired thickness
• vary the amount of greens to your desired sweetness (a good ratio toreach for is 60% fruit to 40% leafy greens)
• alternate the kinds of fruits you use
• rotate your greens to get a variety of nutrition
• substitute fresh young coconut water for the filtered water
• use ice instead of or in addition to water

CINNAMON PAPAYA DIGESTIVE SMOOTHIE
Ingredients:
3 cups papaya chunks
1 cup broad leaf parsley, loosely packed
1 cup water
a sprinkling of cinnamon, your desired amount
Directions:
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth
Variations:
• add mint or basil leaves
• add chopped dates for sweetening
• add the juice of a lime
• add chopped ginger and/or turmeric
• replace parsley with romaine or another green

STRAWBERRY KIWI BANANA SMOOTHIE
Ingredients:
1 cup strawberries, leafy tops and all
1 kiwi
1 large banana, in pieces
1 cup romaine leaves
water to process
Directions:
Blend all ingredients until smooth.
Variations:
• add mango, or replace kiwi with mango
• use tangerine or orange juice mixed with your water
• try spinach instead of romaine

Chef Arif creates edible ‪#‎raw‬ and ‪#‎vegan‬ art in the kitchen at FRESH @ Taksu. Once a week here on our Facebook page, he shares his healthy eating expertise with thoughts, suggestions, and recipes.

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