Green Bliss Smoothie

July 28, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Mind Body Spirit, Raw Food

my green bliss smoothie

The trick to making any major change is to embrace the process and go gradually. Earlier this year I began to explore raw foods with an open-ended intention: to arrive at a way of eating that fully supported my mind, body and spirit and that left me feeling vibrant, balanced and aware. A few months in I added the intention to have a daily green smoothie. At first I would have one a few times a week, and now 7 months later I look forward to it each morning.

I love experimenting with all the beautiful superfoods out there and devour books and blogs and videos on raw foods daily. My latest favorite is something I’m calling Green Bliss. It’s the richest, loveliest emerald green and maybe it’s just my changing taste buds, but I sometimes think it’s too delicious to be a plant-powered healing potion.

This green smoothie is especially beneficial for women and is ultra-rich in key nutrients like iron, Omega fatty acids, calcium and protein, plus powerful phytonutrients that fight disease. These nutrients are also calming to the nervous system and tissues. I swear you can feel your body coming alive as you drink! Try one when stressed out, having PMS or to move past a craving. The deep level of nutrition will satisfy what your body is really asking for. You’ll find yourself alkalized and revitalized with a steady source of high-vibration energy coursing through your being. To make it simply combine all of the following ingredients in a blender and whip it up.

Banana (and/or other frozen fruit) – Peel, cut and freeze bananas in advance to have a supply always on hand. They provide sweetness and thickness to the smoothie. I sometimes like to use mango or berries. Consider using ice cubes if you are avoiding sweet fruits or use them in addition to the frozen bananas to make a superchilled smoothie.

Chlorella - I started adding chlorella to my daily drink after reading David Wolfe’s book Superfoods. Chlorella is an amazingly rich source of enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and other beneficial nutrients. I was amazed to read that 1 tablespoon of cholorella provides 320% of the RDA of iron and 120% of calcium, and that it is 60% protein (beef, chicken and fish are 18 to 30% protein).

This ancient food has innumerable benefits including anti-inflammation, detoxification and regeneration. Chlorella is know to enhance immune function and healthy weight loss and support/improve brain, liver and digestive function. Cholorella can have a very stimulating effect on some people, especially to their digestive systems so start small, with about half a teaspoon. I now use about 1/2 a tablespoon and am working up to a whole tablespoon a day.

Cardamom – I just love the flavor of cardamom! In Ayurveda cardamom is “tridoshic” which means it has a balancing effect on all three of the doshas: kapha, vata and pitta. It is known to support healthy digestion and lungs and overall blood circulation. Mango is an especially nice complement to the sweetly warming, pungence of cardamom.

Hemp Seeds - One of nature’s most pefect foods, hemp seeds contain all of the essential amino and fatty acids acids. These tiny seeds are 33-37% complete protein and are a source of multiple minerals including iron, magnesium and calcium. Wolfe’s book cites a recommended daily serving of 3-5 tablespoons. I use 3 tablespoons.

Ginger – Another of my favorite medicinal herbs/foods! I use ginger liberally for both its spicy flavor and its anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger also supports the digestive tract and immune function. I use fresh ginger – usually one 2 by 4 inch root peeled and sliced. My Oster blender does a great job of breaking down the fibrous root.

MSM - MSM is a natural form of sulfur, which is required by the body to maintain healthy connective tissues, skin, hair and nails. We get sulfur from eating plants that were grown outside exposed to rainwater. Not many of us do, so MSM is a great supplement to add. It is also a potent anti-inflammatory and potentiates vitamin C-rich foods.

Sesame Seeds – Sometimes I stir sesame seeds into the smoothie after it’s been blended. I like the crunch and extra boost of nutrients. Sesame seeds are rich in protein, fiber and Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Their mineral profile is outstanding: 1 ounce of sesame seeds provides 28% RDA of calcium, 23% of iron, 25% of magnesium and 35% of copper and manganese.

Spinach - Spinach has a milder taste to me than other greens, except perhaps for my other favorite chard. I use 3-4 big handfuls of baby or chopped regular spinach. Compared to other greens, especially superfood greens like chlorella, spirulina and algae, spinach isn’t that outstanding in its nutrient profile but it is a rich source of fiber, vitamins A and C and of course iron.

Water – Super-cold water, herb-infused water or coconut water is in my opinion the best liquid to use for smoothies. I love to make sun teas in big glass jars set out in my garden. Try ginger, nettle, astragalus, oat straw, red clover or medicinal mushroom teas.


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2 Comments to “Green Bliss Smoothie”

  1. I have to say. That sounds absolutely disgusting. Having said that, I have to try it. I just have to know what that sort of concoction must taste like. I’m all in for the beneficial effects, and believe ever bit of it on that end of the spectrum, now I’m concerned for my tastebuds. LOL Ok, not concerned, but they’re pretty curious after reading that thorough description. I’ll let you know if I survive or not. LOL Thanks for the thorough recipe.

    • Hi Lena,
      taste buds take time to adjust especially if you are used to eating the processed “foods” of the Standard American Diet (SAD). The smoothie is delicious and I hope that trying it opens a door to greater health and vitality for you!


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