Smoothie Verde Detox

GREEN SMOOTHIE DETOX

“Remember that every single green drink is an investment in your quality of life, now and always” – Kris Carr

Having a busy lifestyle is, unfortunately, one of the downfalls of living in a modern world and sometimes it can be difficult to eat right, because there just never seems to be enough hours in the day for the list of things you need to get done, let alone plan nutritious healthy meals.

However, a green smoothie can be a big benefit to your body’s daily need of healthy ingredients, and the best part is, not only does it taste delicious, but it is also quick and easy to make with little preparation or clean up required.

While a power blender like a Vitamix or a Nutribullet will give you the best results in terms of breaking down the vegetables that these green smoothies call for, making them silky smooth and hardly detectable in terms of a mixture, any blender that you already have at home will do.

When it comes to green smoothies, there are so many possibilities of different ingredient combinations and personal tastes play a big part in it, but if you are looking for a simple and quick way to start a healthy lifestyle then a good place to start is with a green detox smoothie.

The benefits of detoxing are numerous. It can help to clear brain fog, boost your energy levels, improve digestive health, alleviate depression, anxiety and inflammation. It can also aid in weight loss, and who doesn’t like that benefit? These are just some of the great things that can happen to your body when you drink green smoothies on a regular basis and slowly start to detox.

Detoxing is something our bodies do daily, through our organs. Your liver, kidneys, colon, skin, even lungs are all working to rid you of the toxins you breath, ingest and touch every day.

You can help your body by drinking an easy to digest smoothie, like this Green Detox Smoothie from “Green Smoothie Girl”. You should check out her website, as she has lots of great recipes and smoothies to choose from that can help you on your path to health.

This particular green smoothie is not only easy on the gut, but it is also packed with healing nutrients for each part of your body. Let’s take a look at some of the ingredients and the benefits;

Banana

Bananas contain a convenient source of energy, which is perfect for right before a workout. They are also rich in vital post-workout nutrients that can help repair muscle tissues and balance water retention. High in several key vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B6, vitamin C and manganese, they also contain small amounts of vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, calcium, iron, zinc and selenium. Bananas are one of the best sources of potassium in the world, which is crucial for those who are physically active. Potassium acts as an electrolyte, promotes circulatory health, helps manage blood flow and hydration levels within the body and makes it possible for oxygen to reach your cells. It helps lower blood pressure by counteracting the effect of sodium within the blood to keep your heart working efficiently. Potassium also assists in the prevention of muscle cramps following exercise and helps heal and build muscle more effectively. This makes it an especially important nutrient for anyone who is physically active as well as those recovering from an injury.

CELERY

Celery is a marshland plant and comes from the same family as the carrot and parsley. It is an important food source of conventional antioxidant nutrients, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese. But its "claim to fame" in terms of antioxidant nutrients may very well be its phytonutrients. Many of these phytonutrients fall into the category of phenolic antioxidants and have been shown to provide anti-inflammatory benefits as well. Celery is an excellent source of vitamin K, molybdenum, folate, potassium, dietary fibre, manganese, pantothenic acid, vitamin B2, copper, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids). It supports digestion and has an alkalizing effect on your body with lots of fibre to help your gut move things easily.

CUCUMBER

Cucumbers have a mild, refreshing taste and a high water content that can help relieve dehydration. People eat cucumber as a savoury food, but it is a fruit. Cucumbers contain vitamin B, K and C, as well as copper, potassium and manganese. Consuming cucumbers regularly can help lower uric acid levels in your body by helping your kidneys flush out the compounds out of your blood. Cucumbers not only help to get rid of toxins in your body, but they are great for your digestive system, as they reduce acid reflux and constipation. Cucumbers contain flavonoids, which are an anti-inflammatory compound commonly found in plants. Flavonoids can help boost the connectivity between neurons. In the long run, flavonoids are also great at protecting nerve cells from age-related damage.

KALE

Kale is a great source of fibre, which is key to digestive tract health and can help keep cholesterol levels low. Diets that are heavy in animal protein, dairy, and processed foods are likely to contribute to inflammation. Kale’s phytonutrients, such as kaempferol and quercetin, may help neutralize inflammation. It’s a more alkaline vegetable that may help cleanse the blood and has a lot of Vitamin C, one of the most important vitamins for a strong immune system. Kale is also high in Vitamin K and A, which help with vision and bone health. It is also full of Omega-3’s like alpha-linoleic acid (ALA) which may help lower anxiety and contains both chlorophyll and sulforaphane, which are possible cancer-fighting phytonutrients.

LEMON

Lemons are full of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants. They are especially good sources of vitamin C and folate. Vitamin C plays a role in immunity and helps neutralize free radicals in our body. According to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, vitamin C stimulates the production of white blood cells and may protect the integrity of immune cells. Vitamin C helps protect leukocytes, which produces antiviral substances. Lemons and limes contain the most citric acid of any fruits, which makes them beneficial to those suffering from kidney stones. Citric acid deters stone formation and also breaks up small stones that are forming. The more citric acid in your urine, the more protected you are from forming new kidney stones. 

PINEAPPLE

This popular fruit is packed with nutrients, antioxidants and other helpful compounds, such as enzymes that can fight inflammation and disease.

Pineapple and its compounds have been linked to many health benefits, including aiding digestion, boosting immunity and speeding up recovery from surgery, among others. Pineapple also has lots of Vitamin C and fibre. It contains manganese as well, a trace mineral your body needs in small amounts for the normal functioning of your brain, nervous system, and many of your enzyme systems.

SPIRULINA

Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that grows in both salt and fresh water. It may be one of the most nutrient-dense foods on earth. Phycocyanin is the main active compound in spirulina. It has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Spirulina is known to be alkalizing to the body, which boosts liver function, a necessary element while detoxing. It also contains chlorophyll which is used for detoxification by helping remove toxins such as heavy metals and other pollutants from the blood. Spirulina may provide multiple exercise benefits, including enhanced endurance and increased muscle strength.

CHIA / FLAXSEED

These Omega-3 seeds truly make the perfect addition to green smoothie recipes, with their high fibre, protein and anti-inflammatory properties. Having chia seeds in the morning in your smoothie is a great way to fill up and keep your blood sugar stable until lunch time, giving you lasting energy and freeing you from junk food cravings while you’re out and about. Several nutrients, including magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, copper, and thiamine can be found in Flaxseeds and just two tablespoons per day can give you many benefits such as;

  • Magnesium helps improve mood and sleep.
  • Manganese plays a role in collagen production and promotes skin and bone health.
  • Phosphorus helps form cell structures and supports bone health.
  • Copper is involved with energy and collagen production and is needed to make red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body.
  • Thiamine also plays a role in energy production, and helps support the nervous system as well.

It’s a great idea to alternate these seeds in your smoothies, so make sure to switch them up for maximum benefits. Also, it is important to note that when buying flaxseeds you should always choose the whole seed version and grind them yourself before use. The reason being; pre-ground flaxseed has been exposed to oxygen longer; oxygen causes polyunsaturated fats to break down and oxidise, which can make the product rancid and of little benefit to the body. The same can be said for heat and light, therefore always store your flaxseeds in a cool and dark place. 

Green Detox Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Stalks Celery (Chopped)
  • 1/2 Chopped Cucumber
  • 1 1/2 Cups Kale (Rinsed & De-Stemmed)
  • 1 Small Organic Lemon (Freshly Squeezed)
  • 1 Cup Frozen Pineapple
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Spirulina
  • 2 Tablespoons Chia or Flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup ice (optional)

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender, mix until it is smooth, pour into your favourite glass and simply enjoy.

As with all smoothies, if you are adding a sweetener it is always best to stick to the natural kind like Raw Organic Honey and it is important to also rotate your greens for maximum nutritional benefit, so if you choose kale one day or week then choose spinach the next, arugula the next and so on and so on.

For a selection of high quality Organic Superfoods made in Mexico, check out our store and start making those healthy green smoothies today.

 

Remember…YOUR PATH TO HEALTH STARTS HERE…a small change today can mean a big impact tomorrow. You can find the ingredients for this recipe by clicking on the direct links above.

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