Lighten up with Greens

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

I have green smoothies every day for breakfast. My green smoothie is made with any green leaves (spinach, basil, mint, kale or even beetroot and broccoli leaves etc etc) and frozen banana (for the creamy ice cream feel) and any other seasonal organic fruits and a small quantity of water, mixed in a blender to form a creamy homogeneous mass. It takes only 2 – 3 minutes to make and its wonderfully filling. I don’t feel hungry till lunch. I found that when I had the smoothie without the green leaves it did not fill me as much or as long.

When we eat high quality foods, we need less and crave less. Always include greens in your daily meals, green smoothies, chutneys, salads, saags. You can even grow your own greens and micro greens!

Go green with every meal..


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Green Custard Bowl

This recipe was shared by SHARAN Associate Anubha Kothari from Bangalore, in our Mother’s Day Recipe a Day on your WhatsApp initiative. We had a mother share with us how much her 3 year old loves this bowl! This recipe is an easy way to sneak in raw leafy greens into the diet of children. Ripe pulpy fruits with their sweetness and vitamins balance the taste and minerals of the greens.

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup amaranth or spinach greens
  • 1 ripe mango
  • 3 small ripe elaichi banana or 1 big banana


Wash all ingredients and refrigerate them for two hours. Peel and chop the fruits and add all ingredients in a grinder or blender. Do not add any water.

Blend them well. Not adding water gives this a custard like consistency. No need to add any sugar or jaggery as the ripe fruits will sweeten the dish.

Pour the custard in a bowl. Plop some chopped fruits and serve this immunity boosting dish right away. Can be refrigerated for half a day if needed.

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Chlorophyll Counts

We need to ‘go green’ with our food too! And that’s when chlorophyll comes into the picture. Called the ‘green blood’ of plants, chlorophyll is the natural plant pigment, whose structure is similar to our hemoglobin, making it super good for our health! Eating foods rich in chlorophyll enhances energy, detoxifies the liver, eliminates body odor, cleans the digestive tract and aids in prevention of cancer.

And if you want to lose some weight, then adding these foods also help to control hunger and cravings!

7 foods rich in chlorophyll

1. Wheat-grass or Barley grass

2. Leafy greens like spinach, mint, drumstick leaves…

3. Green vegetables and fruits like peas, broccolli, grapes…


4. Sprouts


5. Fresh Herbs like parsley, cilantro, basil…

6. Hemp seeds

7. Sea-weeds like nori

This newsletter was compiled by SHARAN Associate Reyna K Rupani, who is based in Mumbai. She facilitates the Six Weeks to Health & Weight loss program and also conducts Health talks for schools, groups, corporates and more. Find out how she has benefited in so many ways by going on a whole plant-based diet here

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