What is a green smoothie? First of all, what is a smoothie? Many of you reading this may already have clear ideas on green smoothies and what they entail. It’s okay, and here you get to have your say. Come on and don’t be shy. Fit and healthy women like you are full of energy and are oozing in confidence to share your opinions on what needs to be done to stay fit and healthy in this day and age. Many of you, I know this for sure, also have some great ideas on what’s cooking in your kitchen that I’m quite sure the rest of the girls would love to hear about.
Sounds like apartheid when we’re talking only about women’s health issues. What about the men? And what about kids and old folks? All true, we should be asking questions on what’s good for them as well, but let’s be honest, like I said in the last post, women remain a minority of sorts, expected to do so much more, still doing more than men for obvious reasons, and even though statistically there are so much more women in the world than there are men.
When it comes to women’s health and fitness, there’s a lot more at stake. Women tend to get sick a lot more often than men. This has very little to do with their physiognomy, quite frankly, and more to do with the kind of societies we’ve been born into. Women take too much on their shoulders and so they stress out more. That previous paragraph where I mentioned the old folks and the kids is actually quite relevant to women in general.
That’s because women are natural nurturers and caregivers and will invariably be saddled with taking care of the others. But in order for them to be able to take good care of the others, they still need to be in fairly good shape themselves. So, as far as I’m concerned, I think it’s only right that there are dedicated blogs, such as this one, devoted solely to the needs and issues of women. Women also tend to talk a lot more than men.
I think that’s great. They are also a lot more open and honest about how they feel about their lives. Well, they’re naturally inclined to be so, anyway. Because in many parts of the world, they still don’t get to say and do what they want or need. At the beginning of this post, I mentioned that many of you may already have a cool idea or two on what green smoothies are all about. But every now and then something unique falls into my lap and its well worth sharing.
For instance, this time around, I discovered some issues of concern that women especially need to make a note of before they go all out on their new smoothie making craze. But first this little refresher on what green smoothies essentially are. They’re mainly made with tons of raw, leafy green vegetables. Fruits are often included as well. Green vegetables typically used to make up the green smoothie include broccoli, celery, spinach, parsley and lettuce.
Only a minority of women have high oxalate levels
Raw green vegetables with the leaves contain high levels of oxalate. We can also inherit such levels if we’re big on consuming large quantities of greens raw. Apparently such high levels of oxalate are barely noticeable because when we’re eating our favorite greens we generally feel great don’t we. Those women who are overweight and are just turning away from eating processed foods loaded excessively with sugar, salt and fat are said to be more at risk than the rest of us. But the oxalate issue is not as serious as it seems.
It is said that only one in five people will be at risk, whether obese, diabetic or not. These folks that form this minority are said to have a genetic disposition towards allowing their bodies to manufacture high levels of oxalate. No matter where we’re classed in the genetic pool and no matter how healthy you think you are it remains essential to have yourself clinically tested for all types of diseases, especially diabetes, high blood sugar levels, breast and other cancers and calcium levels.
Right, now it’s time to close this post off with some titillating ingredients that can and should be tried out in any green smoothie. I’m just going to mention these randomly because I’m rapidly running out of juice over here and I must go. Here they are; water and ice, spinach, kale, collards, turnips, beetroot, lemon, pineapple, peaches, berries, bananas, apples and oranges. Oy vay! This list is long. It goes on and on.
And now it’s time for you to use your own creative juices and see how much more you can add. One last thought on women’s health issues before I go. Great that we all go for our regular checkups. Even better when we’re given the green light. That might have something to do with eating right and regular exercise.