Alkaline Green Smoothie & New York City!

by Julie on January 11, 2011

You might ask, “What’s healthier than a green smoothie?”  Well… there’s green smoothies and then there’s Alkaline green smoothies!  Green is all the rage but you can get caught up in the hype of green and still not be doing yourself a very big favour.  Many of the green smoothie recipes are jammed with super sweet fruit and just because they are green, people are thinking they are optimally healthy.  They taste divine and it helps to mask the green business but is it a good idea? I say ‘No’ because I believe in minimizing your sugar intake, even fruit sugars especially the high sugar fruits like pineapple, bananas, mangoes and oranges, as they are acid forming and they elevate blood sugar just like any other sugar. The alkaline food chart is here if you want to take a peek at the alkalinity of various fruits.   I have other ways to make the green taste yummy and actually the green itself doesn’t taste bad in the first place.  You might say, “Well, fruit is healthy”- and yes it can be but moderation is key.  Many people don’t do moderation and who knows how many of these so called healthy green smoothies they have in a day or every morning.  I say mix it up and have the odd tropical fruit sweetened green smooth, but adapt the knowledge and the understanding of how healthy an alkalizing green smoothie is and then alternate or eventually switch to the better choice.

Even if you take a look at the franchises that offer smoothies and fresh juices you’d be surprised at the sugar content in those so called healthy smoothies and juices that people are replacing meals with.  If you have diabetic tendencies, any inflammation in your body, or perhaps yeast over growth or candida symptoms (check here to see if you have any) you will want to steer clear of high sugar at as this just exacerbate the problems.

Getting your daily greens at every meal is the best way to be optimally healthy.  Green plants are the building blocks of red blood cells and are naturally rich in alkaline minerals, vitamins, amino acids, proteins, and most of the essential resources your body needs.  Jason of Vital Living explains further how important green plants are for us- take a peek at his recent post here.
Adding an alkaline green smoothie to your daily routine is a fantastic way to further alkalize and an easy way for your body to assimilate the nutrients and the fiber as the blender breaks it down making it easier on your digestive track to absorb.  I am passionate about making sure I get my greens in as many ways possible as I crave the healthy feeling I get but sometimes I’m not in the mood to chomp a salad so I just blend my greens up.

Alkaline Green Smoothie
yield- 1 smoothie approx 12-16oz

6″ piece of cucumber
3 medium Kale leaves, torn
5 stems fresh mint
3 stems fresh parsley
1″ piece fresh ginger
1 avocado
1 cup coconut water
fresh juice of one lime
1-2 tsp udo’s oil
1-2 tbsp hemp seeds
2-3 drops stevia
Place all ingredients into high speed blender and mix until smooth, adding a little filtered water if needed for consistency.  Enjoy!
Optionally, I sometimes add 1/2 cup frozen berries–blueberries, raspberries or strawberries as they are low sugar fruit that is healthier to add than the super sweet fruits.  However, you may find that you like the smoothie as is above.  The lime, the ginger and the mint are really nice together.  I have discovered that the coconut water is quite hydrating and I like the flavour it brings to the smoothie but it does contain a little natural sugar.  You might like to use almond milk in place if you want to avoid the sugar all together as it will still taste nice.  If I can actually find a young coconut in the market to open up so I can extract the juice and the meat, it’s a good day!  I love how fresh it is and the meat makes the smoothie just divine.  The bottled coconut water is okay but because it has been pasteurized the nutrient levels are considerably less, but still beneficial.  Just be sure to buy the unsweetened, unflavoured version.

I hope this smoothie becomes your “go to” recipe that you can play with for a variety of flavours.  I am actually wishing I could make one right now since I am tucked away in my New York City hotel room as the snow storm over takes the city but I didn’t pack the blender-dang!  But the good thing is that I am only blocks away from a few fabulous establishments that are raw and offer incredible smoothies, juices and delicious meals if I choose to brave the cold snow and winds.  I flew in for a special seminar with Seth Godin and have another 48 hours here but oh my, word the snow!

As a little surprise for you I have planned to share about a couple of these healthy food entrepreneurs of New York in my upcoming posts with an interview or two so do stay tuned–that is if I get out of this town with the near state of emergency snow storm that is happening out there RIGHT now!

Hope you have a great week.  Wish me luck with this storm!


ps.   I should mention that a good rule of thumb is to be sure your smoothie’s “green content” is more than 50% so that if you do choose to add sweeter fruits you will still end up with a good balance of alkaline benefits.

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Ayco April 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I really love this smoothy but I recently read that eating raw kale may cause hypothyroidism due to it being a cruciferous vegetable. Can you suggest any alternative vegetables for kale?


– Ayco

sonia regina May 12, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Hi Julia: How are you? I’d like to know what do you suggest for sweetener, because Where I live, I can’t get a healthy stevia. What can I use for a substitute? I often add bananas? it’s okay? Banana and avocado are nice together? Can I use chia seed in place udos oil? Please I hope the answer as soon as possible. Thank you for help me.

Julie Cove May 13, 2013 at 10:16 am

Hi Sonia, sweet foods are surely nice and I luv them so stevia helps sweeten even when you are having vegetables but the next best thing to sweeten with of course is real food sweeteners like fruit instead of processed sugar of course. However in alkalizing the body it’s all about the balance of acidic foods to the alkaline. If you want sweetness say in a smoothie make sure to follow the 80% alkaline to 20% acidic in your ingredients-so just a small piece of banana with avocado and lots of greens etc.
And yes you can use chia for your Omega source- it’s a great one. Just have enough and be sure to soak it and or drink water with it. All the best.

admin May 13, 2013 at 10:22 am

Cathy, we use english cukes so I just chop and blend. With really seedy ones with tough skin I might seed and peel but hardly. I don’t peel ginger, just roughly chop or grate depending on the power of the blender. I just toss the herbs in stem and all, trimming just a bit of the bottom portion. You are doing AWESOME! Keep up the good work and keep trying those smoothies on the kids! I sweeten with a couple drops of alcohol free stevia for my kids and they are happier:)

Kandy June 15, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I do a green smoothie with celery, parsley, cucumbers, lime along with a bit of spring lettuce mix and spinach. I am diabetic so my green smoothies are more like green smoothie salads, lol. Sometimes I add hemp powder, spirulina and chia seeds. Avocado if I happen to have some on hand to make it a bit thicker and creamier. They are delicious!

Itaya June 24, 2013 at 10:26 am

Wonderful sounding recipe! I have a veggie smoothie one to two times a day every day. The only fruit I use is lemons and I love my smoothies! Using liquid Stevia definitely makes a huge difference I believe. I wrote an article sharing a few of my Veggie Smoothie recipes as I was having a challenging time finding recipes for all vegetable smoothies.

I wanted to look at the list of alkaline fruits on the link above but the link doesn’t work. Just thought I would let you know so that you can hopefully update the link. :)

rose budd July 14, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Ayco!!!!!!! I wish they would answer your great ?????????
I am hypothyroidism and just had endometreal cancer and my lady friend has a herbology degree and showed me a book that the 2 things I have have a connection..

admin August 23, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Hi Rose, my apologies, I am back logged with my comments to say the least! Alkalizing is the way to balance and heal the body. I highly recommend reading The pH Miracle by Dr. Robert O.Young, the new revised edition. It is very comprehensive and inspiring:) Live blood analysis will show both of these concerns hypothyroidism and endometreal cancer and help you see your healing progress. Hope this helps. I will eventually get to the other comment.

Ellen October 2, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Thank you! I have been looking for a good green smoothie recipe for agessssss.
All the other ones I have come across are full of gluggy unhealthy stuff or weird expensive materials like maca and spirulina blah blah blah..

admin October 2, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Ellen, thank you and you are welcome!
The link seemed to work for me but otherwise the chart is on the top menu bar under alkaline chart on our site:)

Hilda March 31, 2014 at 2:06 am

Hello :) … I have a done some green smoothies, trying to keep a relative 70%-80% green vegetables, my question is, my dear husband is committed to this akaline diet, but he’s having a rought time with the green smothies which are more easy for me to make in the mornings for breakfast. I tried today a mix with spinach, cucumber, 4 strawberries, a glass of water, and linseeds, but it was -as you can imagine- a bit sour. Stevia is not very weel seen in Europe, nor in where I live. Can you tell me ideas of how can I sweeting up a bit the taste of smoothies?

Also, with the alkaline diet, is it ok to eat soy yogurt, soy chocolat milk, almond milk from the stores? I have found the most ecological ones, but they are stll on the fridge since I am not sure that fits our new style.

I await your kind reply,

Hilda M.

Julie March 31, 2014 at 10:21 am

Hilda, I like to use lime juice and lots of fresh mint to make my smoothies taste nice. Try looking for xylitol, it is similar to stevia, but use in moderation. Lucuma is a nut and is low glycemic. You can also add a firm green pear as it is low in sugar and will be nice with the lime and the mint. I also love pure no sugar added coconut water, it is naturally sweet with many minerals that are awesome instead of using water. Try a few brands to find a nice tasting one-some are very blaaahh. It sometimes takes time for the taste buds to crave the greens. go slowly and he will eventually enjoy the taste. Also try for ordering the stevia on line. All the best to you and keep up the good work, it is soooo worth it!

Julie April 9, 2014 at 8:15 am

HI Carole, Thank you kindly for speaking up and letting me know,, it’s corrected now. If only I had a budget for proofreaders and editors:)

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