Drinks For Belly Dancers: Tangy Green Smoothie Recipe
Green vegetables and fruits have been the stuff of dynamic good health for millennia. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, "eat your greens" is no slight advice, especially for dancers. Body cells love metabolizing green goodies for energy production. Best to eat your greens, well, green as they come.
Raw food may not sound like classy haute cuisine, but that’s where the nutrients are before being lost to heat, evaporation and over-cooking. And while eating raw food may be an acquired taste for some, it’s easy to whip up delectable green smoothies that are divinely addictive.
If your preference is to use store-bought non-organic greens, be sure to clean them well. Clean off pesticides and fertilizers with a brush while rinsing under clean, cold water. Gently and firmly clean your veggies as most nutrients are on or slightly below the skin.
Nutrient dense, green vegetables bestow on your body and brain vital neuro-transmitter signals for mind-body coordination:
Provide potent antioxidants to protect your brain from deleterious free radicals
- Please don’t forget the peas—rich in vitamins B and C—loaded with zinc which aids concentration and therefore helps execute those intricate dance moves
- Zinc in green veggies modulates mood swings and helps put smiles on faces
- Vitamin C in spinach facilitates iron absorption in this veggie; iron boosts your energy levels so necessary for the dance floor
Kick up energy and coordination with green goody smoothies. Popeye would approve!
Makes 2-10 ounce glasses
- 2 stalks celery, cut into sections, with leaves
- 1 small bunch spinach, cleaned of grit
- 1 small green apple
- Juice of ½ lemon
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ cup maple syrup (adjust accordingly)
Blend ingredients in a food processor. Pour and serve the foaming froth to taste buds waiting for a tasty treat!
Variations: By all means add and/or substitute whatever greens you have on hand—bok choy, mustard greens, dino chard, cabbage, broccoli, green beans, snap peas, etc.