"Green Smoothies will save the world!" is a statement I have heard a lot lately.

My wife Katherine is convinced that the combination of a garden and a good blender is the solution to most of the worlds problems. After reading Green for Life she has been experimenting with all sorts of garden greens and exotic weeds from the neighbourhood pastures.

We are staying at her parents home in Little Lepton, Huddersfield during the summer months and over the last 6 days not a member of the household has gone a day without a pint of the sludge that could be mistaken for Shrek soup. Just the look of it is enough to make most people decline to try it, but with Kat being the Green Smoothie Nazi, even her mum Delia finally acquiesced after being assured that it didn't taste nearly as bad as it looked. And they don't taste bad at all. In fact they're delicious.

So after 6 days straight of these magical potions I have to admit it. Green Smoothies will save the world... especially Ooooby Green Smoothies!!

I have never felt better. I feel amazing! The last 2 days I have woken early in the mornings full of energy and have stayed energised all day. It's still very early days, but my bet is that the smoothies are doing some serious good.

And why shouldn't they be? They are minutes from being living plants, as organic as you can get and completely undamaged by pasteurising, packaging or transport.

In my opinion a Green Smoothie a day out of your own garden provides possibly the highest concentration of goodness you can get per square metre of land. By eating your greens raw you are getting the best the plants have to offer. Also, because you blend up everything, you get to eat a lot of the leaves and stems that would usually end up in the compost. For example, did you know that carrot tops are more nutritious than the carrots?

Then there is the ecological benefits. No packaging, no transport, no unfair labour.

And the best part, they're really really cheap to make. Especially when they're ooooby.

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Comment by Kali on September 22, 2009 at 9:35pm
wow!, I showed this to my son (13) just now and he went out in the garden with his torch and picked a handful of parsley and a sprig of mint and blended it up with an apple, it was yummy! we will definately be doing this more, just noticed my kale and celery is about to go to seed and we just can't eat very much at one sitting, this may be the answer. this will be especially good for my husband who has few chewing teeth left lol, juicing wheatgrass is ok but this will be so much easier. I've got chickweed galore at the moment too.
Comment by Chalice Malcolm on September 7, 2009 at 6:40am
There was a huge patch of Chickweed by the Maree on Waiheke a few weeks back... it was really healthy looking.. my suggestion is to try and get it in your garden.. its delicious..

I have a green smoothie run I do in Auckland.. from Meadowbank/ellerslie/newmarket... if anyone would like to buy them off me.. they are $5.00 using a recycled jar. The greens/weeds come from my garden and I garden using the Anastasia priniciples.. all organic... of course..
Comment by Steven Kung on August 12, 2009 at 11:18pm
A great article, Pete! I concur! :) Green for Life!

Green smoothies are the easiest, tastiest, and quickest way to consume (a large amount of) greens - which are essential for good health, and are essential for anyone wanting to have a sustainable raw vegan "diet" (food lifestyle).
Comment by Pete Russell on June 28, 2009 at 8:26pm
That is a really good point Greg. Please make sure you KNOW what you are putting in your smoothies and that they are definitely GOOD for you!
Comment by Amanda Wright on June 28, 2009 at 9:50am
viva la green smoothies! They have had a very positive impact on my energy levels and well-being - haven't got to the weeds yet, but am utilising most green things out of my garden.
Comment by Aaron Mcloughlin on June 27, 2009 at 9:41am
"The remedy you need will often be within 50 metres of your house."
There is also a belief Ringing Cedars that the vegetables in you own garden begin to resonate to the inhabitants vibration. The tending and eating of these herbs and vegetables bring that which you need most into your body and etheric body.
Rudolf Steiner once mentioned that we do not 'eat' food, we absorb it's etheric energy. that is what we live on.
Comment by Glen Kirkby on June 26, 2009 at 7:29pm
Mmm... I've been doing green smoothies and juices for about 2 years now. I haven't put weeds into my smoothies that much, but cellery and beetroot tops, parsley, kale and silverbeet etc are fine indeed. I play sports and have found that there is nothing.... absolutely nothing that supercharges me more than a strong green juice. Try it... it's astounding ;).
Comment by Craig Hubbard on June 26, 2009 at 5:45pm
oh yea! bring on the green smoothie revolution...
I'm with you on that Kat, i also believe the green smoothie will transform the world. why? because of the amazing molecule: Chlorophyll and the most magical and life giving process called Photosynthesis
by eating fresh raw leafy greens we are eating pure Sun energy. not only will the green smoothie make us so much healthier, the tending a few home grown greens builds our appreciation of the delicate balance of living systems, by realising that the humble little green plant is our most direct link to the sole energy source of this planet it makes so much sense to make a habit or even better a ritual of eating a raw leafy green a day.
Comment by Katherine on June 26, 2009 at 9:47am
We had chickweed growing in and around our veggie garden in Church Bay, so I'm sure lots of other people have it growing as a weed in their gardens too. We're in the UK at the moment but when we return to Waiheke I'll search for areas it might be growing where you can just go and pick it.

I don't have any recipes as such I just chuck in whatever I can find in the garden (spinach, kale, nettles, silverbeet, chickweed, dandelion leaves, mint, parsley, plantain, clover etc) and mix with fruit but in the next few days I'll write down exactly what I put in and post up the recipes! From what I've heard the idea is to just choose one or two greens each day and alternate them, so for e.g. you might have spinach one day and then kale and parsley the next, then nettles, then silverbeet & plantain - that kind of thing. I'm only a beginner though so if anyone knows more than me please post up!

Another great thing about green smoothies is that greens are sooooo easy to grow, grow all year round (in lots of places anyway), you can grow them in pots if you don't have a back yard and lots of varieties are 'pick and grow' types so you hardly ever have to grow new plants - super low maintenance! Which is great when you have a 10 month old baby who takes up all your time!

Viva la green smoothie revolution!!!
Comment by Chris Walker on June 26, 2009 at 9:18am
I recently heard an item on National Radio about chickweed that recommended it as an ingredient in smoothies. The audio is here (stream) and therre is post about it on a blog called Wild Picnic. Does anyone know of any good places ot find chickweed on Waiheke? And I'd like to see some recipes too.


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