Smoothie Recipe for Yogis: Get Your Greens On! ~ Lisa Starchild

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~ Green Goddess Smoothie ~

Your practice is over.

You are thirsty, and a little hungry too as you, the good yogi, did not eat before class.

So what do you do?

It’s time to fill your belly!

And ideally, fill it with a treat—a treat that both you and your divine body love. Green smoothies are amazing nutrition power houses and taste absolutely delicious! The fibers of all ingredients are filling and slow the break down of sugar, providing you with a constant flow of long lasting energy. And the best part, you can make them in advance and store them in your fridge for up to 48 hours!

Berry Blast:

100g raspberries

100g strawberries

100g blueberries

1 apple, chopped

2 cups of baby spinach, packed

2 cups of water


Blend everything, adding the spinach in the blend, then blend it up once more until smooth.

Lean back, sip enjoy or fill in your thermos and refrigerate until you’re off to yoga. Or work—it’s a great snack to bring to the office!

What’s especially good about this smoothie?

Berries just taste great. More importantly though, they are chock full of antioxidants! They fight free radicals and protect your healthy shiny, freshly oxygenated cells from being damaged. Berries also have the power to lower cholesterol and balance blood pressure.

Spinach contains 13 flavonoid compounds which are cancer fighting warriors, and it also protects your heart and bones. Who doesn’t want to run, dance, do handstands and live life as long as possible?

So get your greens on, throw a handful into any smoothie and give your body and yourself a real treat!

P.S. Kids love it too—if they fear anything green, let them sip from a thermos. They will be able to smell the berries but won’t be scared off by the unpleasant color.



Lisa StarchildLisa Starchild was born in Vienna and teaches raw food, yoga and freediving (diving on a single breath). So far, she has presented raw foods in Thailand, Australia, Austria and Canada and her raw videos have gained worldwide attention. Printed works by Lisa include: “Raw Food Self Made” and “Feels Great. Tastes Great. Christmas!” Her third book, “Smooth & Juicy: 130+ smoothies, juices and cocktails for YOU,” is available on her website and Amazon. There are many free recipes on her website to browse through. Aside from raw food, she loves yoga, the mountains, the seas, free diving, life and all that is. Check out her website, Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter.


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6 Responses to “Smoothie Recipe for Yogis: Get Your Greens On! ~ Lisa Starchild”

  1. Ann says:

    What about the ayurvedic rule of not mixing fruits and vegetables, as well as the bone weakening oxolic acid in raw spinach? I know the acid is neutralized when cooked but have always wondered if blending neutralizes also. I stick to kale for my greens, spinach has such a bitter taste. Everybody is always touting green smoothies but I have yet to see a recipe that is appropriate for pita dosha.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Ann,

      leafy greens are ok to be mixed with fruit, it is more about starchy vegetables such as potato or taro which should not be combined with fruit.
      Personally, baby spinach tastes very mild to me but your taste buds may be set a bit differently 🙂
      I also love kale in smoothies as well as cilantro (coriander), bok choy or celery.

      Regarding the oxalic acid, you are correct there is some in spinach, and many other plants and it is therefore important to rotate your greens, and to have each one maybe twice per week but not daily over several months.

      The amount in spinach, chard and beet greens is a bit higher and may interfere with calcium absorption as you pointed out with "bone weakening", and blending does not neutralize it, only heating it does. Other components that interfere with calcium absorption are caffeine including in chocolate, phosphorus acid (a preservative in enriched flour and many other foods, and also used as a bubble producer in sparkling drinks and sodas), excess salt, tobacco, white sugar and alcohol, stress, lack of exercise, soy with calcium carbonate added and mineral oils which you will find in cosmetics and not only affects calcium but can also cause a loss of vitamin D.

      The interesting thing about calcium though is that at least men should not supplement with it as a high intake has been linked to increase the risk of prostate cancer.

      As long as you consume calcium rich foods – such as almonds, sesame seeds and therefore tahini and hummus, dried herbs, flax seeds, brazil nuts, broccoli or kelp, celery, fennel, – at other times though, you will be absolutely fine.

      On the side – spinach has a lot of other valuable components, such as potassium, magnesium, folic acid, vitamin C and K, carotenes as well as lutein, both important for the health of your eyes and I would not want to miss it.

      Regarding pitta dosha and Ayurvedic nutrition in regards to a raw vegan diet, check out Gabriel Cousens' book "Conscious Eating", it has recipes for all types.

  2. sordog1 says:

    Great recipe. Love spinach.

    • rohtopia says:

      Hello Sordog1 thanks for the comment! There are plenty more recipes on the Rohtopia website as well! One of my favs at the moment is water spinach mango. And every now and then with a dash of raw vegan protein powder, vanilla!

  3. corrine says:

    Another goodie is kale-celery-apple-lemon-gingerroot. Oh my!

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