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Who doesn’t love a good smoothie? It’s a meal and a dessert in one!
I’ve been drinking smoothies for years, as a way of increasing the nutrition load in my diet.
My favorite smoothie is one that is power-packed with nourishment for the skin (our biggest organ) and immunity boosters that can also help us maintain a healthy weight.
This “Super Green Smoothie” recipe makes a large smoothie or two smaller smoothies—take one to-go, for later!
Here is my basic recipe (but we can always add in more things we love):
2 cups leafy greens—choose from kale, Swiss chard, dandelion (bitter, but much needed for increasing bile production and for healthy liver and gallbladder), bok choy or romaine.
Additionally, Spirulina powder—a gift from the sea—can be added in instead of leafy greens. I keep it on hand for when I have none of the greens above in the fridge, or if I just want a superior immunity boost—Spirulina is excellent cell food.
2 cups of your choice: water, almond milk, coconut water, almond milk, rice milk, soy milk or coconut milk.
(If you use coconut milk, get the kind that is homogenized, so mixing is not necessary. And you use soy milk, make sure it’s organic and non-GMO!)
3 cups fruit—one of these fruits should be frozen, to thicken and chill the smoothie.
Choose from mango, peaches, bananas, berries, avocado, pineapple (good for weight loss), or whatever you have available. Right now I’m blissing out on strawberries! I really try to use fruit that is in season, and in the winter I use locally-grown frozen berries.
Mix the water/milk and greens first, then add the fruit and mix once more.
Now that you have the basic recipe, you can add in whatever else pleases you!
These are some of the best options for fiber, protein, immunity and flavor:
- Chia, hemp or flax seeds—protein and fiber
- Acai berries—immunity
- Silken tofu—protein
- Coconut, or flax oil—immunity, skin, hormone balance, healthy intestines
- Rice or pea protein powder
- Fresh ginger, cinnamon or turmeric powder—immunity, skin
There is so much to choose from, we should never never get bored!
I like to spice things up a bit, by taking a few supplements that I like, and adding them right into the mix. It’s an easy way for me to remember to take them—I just open the capsules and dump them right in.
For example, right now I’m taking Silica for my skin, bones and joints, Goji berry concentrate for vision and a liquid adrenal support for energy.
Sometimes, I use the smoothies as part of a weight loss regime or for maintaining a healthy weight. I’ll simply substitute two meals for smoothies instead. Personally, I need a lot of protein in the morning, to avoid having carb cravings in the afternoon. Therefore, I have a full breakfast—and that for me includes eggs—and my other two meals that day are smoothies.
In between, I snack on raw veg and rice crackers. I also drink lots of infused water and coconut water to stay well hydrated. Later, I might switch out to one smoothie a day. It’s totally up to you which meal you switch out—but in general, if just doing one—I would swap out dinner for a smoothie. That makes for easy digestion and speeds up weight loss.
So easy and nutritious, plus no cooking. Enjoy!
Author: Monika Carless
Editor: Yoli Ramazzina