The Refreshing, Energizing World of Smoothies
I have become absolutely religious about having a green smoothie, or some sort of smoothie with greens in it, at least 5 days out of the week. For me, my system just functions so much better by having one of these delicious and beautiful beverages. I also find that starting the day with hot lemon water followed by a smoothie leaves me feeling light and energized. What better way to start the day?
I recently ran a 3 day detox program with some friends who were willing to go the distance with me, to see how they felt and give me some feed back as I am developing the plan. The detox was not focused on weight loss but focus and clarity. I was so happy to get such positive feed back, such as feeling more energy and focus, feeling “lighter’ and even losing a few pounds. (The detox was more involved than just having the smoothies, there was a whole plan to follow. Just to not mislead anyone!)
My favorite outcome is that most of the people who participated in my little trial have continued to have smoothies daily because they really enjoyed them and noticed the benefits! (I am really excited about this 3 day detox and will be running more of them, so keep an eye out!)
I also love that I can get my son to drink his veggies without even knowing it! My notoriously picky, carb loving yet delightful little love bug, will drink my smoothies! Hoorah! There is nothing like the feeling of knowing your child is being well nourished, especially when they are choosy eaters. Success! (At least most of the time :o) I don’t want to get too crazy.)
There are endless combinations of all kinds of gorgeous fruits and vegetables for smoothies and juices that are so delicious and nutritious! I thought I would share 3 of my favorites. Each has its own distinct taste and body detoxifying benefits along with a whole host of nutritional benefits!
With ingredients like these:
Kale and Spinach, rich in iron, antioxidants and vitamin K.
Parsley that is so helpful for digestion flushing out toxins and helping to keep your immune system strong
Blueberries just bursting with vitamin C and anti oxidants.
Ginger to soothe the tummy and reduce inflammation.
Lemon to ease digestion, flush toxins and again, that glorious vitamin C.
… how could they not be a great addition to your day??
Smoothies are a great way to boost your intake of fruits and vegetables, and because they are well blended they are easier for your body to digest. The fibre content is also a huge plus. And of course there is the immune system boost as well. The list of benefits goes on and on, so I will skip to the yummy stuff!
Here are my 3 little recipes of light, focus, clarity and love!
My Green Goodness Go To
1 Frozen banana
2 Cups of almond milk (or coconut milk)
1 Cup frozen peaches ( or 1 1/2 pears or frozen mango is really nice too)
A healthy handful of fresh parsley
2 Huge handfuls of Spinach
1 Tbsp Almond Butter
4 Probiotic capsules opened and emptied into mixture
Place all ingredients in the blender and blend away.
This will make 2 servings
Blueberry Mango Bombshell
2 Cups coconut water
2 Cups blueberries
1 Cup Mango
2 Large handfuls of Kale
1/2 Cucumber chopped
A healthy handful of Parsley
Juice of half a lemon
Grated fresh ginger
4 Probiotic capsules opened and emptied into the mixture
(cinnamon can be added here as well, to taste…really nice mix up of flavors and kind of “warms” things up a little)
Place all ingredients into the Blender and blend away!
If it is too thick add coconut water to desired consistency (or regular filtered water)
This will make 2 servings
Green Belly Soother
2 Large apples peeled and chopped
Juice of 2 limes
Juice of a lemon( or 2 depending on your taste, I like 2)
Fresh ginger (about an inch off of a fresh ginger root)
A very healthy portion of Parsley
2 Huge handfuls of spinach
4 probiotic capsules opened and emptied into the mix
1/2-1 Cup of water (added to desired consistency)
Place all ingredients in the blender and blend away! This one will take a bit more blending and add water as needed for consistency, check taste and add more lemon/lime if you would like it. This is a smoothie that is also really good strained into a juice. You can either pour through a very fine strainer or squeeze through a nut milk bag.
I hope you enjoy adding these greens into your day as much as I do!
Thank you! xx