One of the main concerns people have with the raw food diet is the risk of nutritional deficiencies, such as vitamin B12, iron, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. For example, one study found that people on raw food diets have higher levels of homocysteine and lower HDL cholesterol levels, due to vitamin B12 deficiency. Both are risk factors for heart disease. Supplementing with a multivitamin may help prevent nutritional deficiencies. Eating a variety of foods may also help.
If you decide to try it, you should ease into the program, maybe 50% raw food to start and find a balance. Our instructor was not completely “raw” but it is a big portion of her diet. To me, it looks like alot of work but I will incorporate a few things and have already started on the Green Smoothies. I am not a big green vegetable eater so when they brought out the samples I was a little scared. But, I have to admit, it was really good and now I have been making these at home.
DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a fan of most vegetables, particularly those that are dark green. If I can drink this (and enjoy it) you can too.
There are lots of great reasons to give the Green Smoothie a try, too numerous to mention here, but it is helping me get my 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day and has curbed my need for sugar. I have one after a workout and then after work instead of eating chips, marshmallows, or anything else I could get my hands on! One blender full makes about 4 servings, keep leftovers covered in the frig for no more than 2 days.
So far I have tried:
1 bunch Kale
1 ripe banana, peeled and sliced
1 cup strawberries, washed with stems on
1 cup water
BLEND until desired consistency. Yes- it is GREEN but trust me, it is better than it looks.
Another one that I like:
4 peaches, pitted
2 handfuls of spinach leaves
1 cup water
If you would like more recipes or to find out more about the Green Smoothie, click HERE. And, yes, it really is THIS green. Trust me, it tastes great.