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Green Smoothies for Life Review (With Recipes!)

Green Smoothies for Life is a 2016 Simon & Schuster book by J.J. Smith, nutritionist, certified weight-management specialist, and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse. If you're looking for cookbook literature focused on dieting and healthy eating, you may be interested in this recipe and lifestyle guide. Here is a review of the book's information so you can decide if it suits your kitchen shelf.

The Benefits of Green Smoothies

Green smoothie recipes may not seem like an obvious game-changer when it comes to developing a healthy lifestyle, but they are. What makes a bevy of green smoothies life-changing is their convenience and practicality. 

It's easy to make a new year's resolution to eat better and lose weight, but the work to change long-standing habits is hard and doesn't always end in a success story. Smoothies made from whole-food ingredients are fast and filling, and with the right recipe they can even stand in for a complete healthy meal. Meal replacement shakes are proven to help people reach and maintain their weight-loss goals.

The Benefits of Green Smoothies

Green Smoothies for Life: Review

Building off the success of her 10-day cleanse, author, lifestyle coach, and weight-loss expert J.J. Smith penned an expanded new book, Green Smoothies for Life. Customer reviews and testimonials show that those who follow these meal plans experience better overall health, including sounder sleep and real weight-loss results. Here are some of the key features this book offers to help you change your eating habits.

1. A 30-Day Weight-Loss Plan

Green Smoothies for Life starts with a 30-day program of detoxification that includes shopping lists and simple step-by-step instructions for a new eating routine: 30 distinct recipes for snacks, dinners, and desserts, plus 60 unique green smoothie recipes. These recipes are accompanied by attractive color photographs to whet your appetite for healthy eating.

2. Detox and DHEMM

The book contains 20 detoxification suggestions to help round out a healthy lifestyle around your new diet, plus the details of Smith's DHEMM weight-loss system, which stands for Detox, Hormonal Balance, Eat, Move and Mental Mastery. This is no crash diet; it's a book that helps inspire a healthier overall life.

3. The 10 Commandments for Looking Young and Feeling Great

Bestselling author J.J. Smith draws from her personal weight-loss success as well as finding what she calls a "second youth" in her forties. She's culled it down to these 10 "commandments" for feeling your best:

1. Thou shalt love thyself. 

2. Thou shalt take responsibility for thine own health and well-being. 

3. Thou shalt sleep.  

4. Thou shalt detoxify and cleanse the body.  

5. Thou shalt remember that a healthy body is a sexy body.

6. Thou shalt eat healthy, natural, whole foods. 

7. Thou shalt embrace healthy aging. 

8. Thou shalt commit to a lifestyle change. 

9. Thou shalt embrace the journey. 

10. Thou shalt live, love, and laugh.

Our Top 10 Green Smoothie Recipes

We here at VeggieShake love green smoothies too. It's why we developed our All-in-One Superfood veggie blend with over 30 natural whole-food ingredients in one organic, vegan scoop full of nutrients and antioxidants from kale, acai, blueberries, and various other veggies and herbs. Here are some of our own green smoothie recipes for free.

1. Warrior Smoothie to Fight Free Radicals

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup kale
  • 1/2 cup peaches, frozen
  • 1 cup pineapple, frozen
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup coconut water

Health Benefits

Kale delivers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, and peach, pineapple, orange juice, and lemon are each rich in vitamin C for immune system support. Coconut water tops off the health benefits with hydrating potassium content for heart health.

2. Peaches and Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup kale
  • 1/2 cup peaches, frozen
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon MCT oil

Health Benefits

Spinach and kale bring fiber for healthy digestion and beta-carotene for vision support, while peaches boost your vitamin A and C levels. Almond meal, almond milk, and MCT oil make this smoothie filling and perfect for replacing a high-carb breakfast, as they provide you with energy that doesn't drag you down later in the day.

3. Green Energy Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup pistachios
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon matcha
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • Dash vanilla
  • Dash cardamom

Health Benefits

Pistachio and matcha join together in this sophisticated green smoothie that helps promote healthy weight loss and longevity. This recipe also features filling oats for lower cholesterol, vanilla for anti-inflammatory support, cardamom for blood health, and agave for natural sugar-free sweetness.

4. Deep Green Smoothie with a Kick

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1/2 cup green grapes
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • Dash of paprika
  • Small bunch of cilantro

Health Benefits

By contrasting mild apples and cucumber against cilantro, lemon, ginger, green grapes, and paprika, you get a zesty kick in the taste buds plus half a dozen unique antioxidants and phytonutrients to help reduce oxidative stress, free radical damage, and full-body inflammation.

5. Immunity Powerhouse Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup kale, destemmed
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks, frozen
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 1/2 cup OJ
  • 1 spirulina capsule

Health Benefits

We're contributing kale to your daily veggie intake, pineapple and orange juice for immunity support, and green pepper for a fresh zing, plus the ever-important vitamin A. What really turns this smoothie into a green dream, however, is spirulina, a superfood power player and detoxicant.

6. Good Mood Almond Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Brazil nuts, soaked
  • 1/2 cup almonds, soaked
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon spirulina
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1 teaspoon monk fruit sweetener
  • Note: Add ice if preferred chilled

Health Benefits

With spirula for its healthy enzymes and almonds and Brazil nuts for protein support, this spinach smoothie features vanilla and monk fruit sweetener to give you a tasty treat that won't spike your blood sugar levels.

7. Rise and Shine Chocolate Matcha Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1/2 cup peach, frozen
  • 1/2 cup spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon matcha green tea
  • 1 tablespoon lucuma powder
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

Health Benefits

Matcha, spinach, and avocados provide three greens in one delicious concoction of peaches, apple juice, and cocoa powder. The shining star in this green smoothie is lucuma powder: it's a natural sweetener from the Peruvian lucuma fruit that provides protein, iron, calcium, zinc, vitamin B3, and beta-carotene.

8. Drink Your Greens Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup peaches, frozen
  • 1 plantain, frozen
  • 1/4 cup kale, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

Health Benefits

This tropical delight brings together plantains, peaches, kale, and yogurt for essential vitamin, omega-3, and probiotic support.

9. Fresh Splash Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup green grapes
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1 spirulina capsule

Health Benefits

Get healthy and hydrated with this antioxidant and immune-boosting smoothie. Light and fresh thanks to coconut water, cucumber, pineapple, and green grapes, the spirulina contribution turns it a vibrant green and hits you with superfood support.

10. Luscious Green Matcha Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 1/3 cup pistachios
  • 1/2 cup kale, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Health Benefits

Avocado lends a rich texture and the healthy fats it's best known for. Buttery pistachios, nutrient-rich kale, and almond milk help support weight loss, while matcha powder provides life-affirming phytonutrients. Add sugar-free maple syrup for taste, and enjoy.

Our Top 10 Green Smoothie Recipes

Going Green

Green smoothies aren't the only angle of J.J. Smith's Green Smoothies for Life book, but they are an important part of her plan to help you change the way you eat and the way you think about food and health. Whether you choose to read the book or not, incorporating green smoothies into your regular diet only helps to improve your health.

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