How To Whip Up Your Own Quick & Easy Detoxifying Smoothies
Green smoothies are a great power-packed way to kickstart your day, keep weight off, and consume a healthy dose of nutrients in a tall glass of goodness.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a diet full of fruits and vegetables, healthy grains, nuts and other fiber-rich foods, but one also low in saturated fats, can help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and high blood pressure — not to mention helping to keep you regular.
You don’t need to pack a lot into a smoothie for it to be effective, but you also want to ensure you aren’t loading it up with sugar from fruit. Start with a liquid base of water, coconut water, nut milks, green tea or maybe some kombucha. Add various greens like spinach, kale, Swiss chard, parsley and mint — and be sure to rotate what you use so you don’t develop oxalic toxicity, which can deplete calcium from bones and teeth. Add about a cup of fruit, including banana for potassium, antioxidant-rich dark berries, apples for vitamin C and other things you enjoy. Get even more vitamins, minerals, and cancer-fighting elements from boosts like hemp, chia or flax seeds. To increase circulation and decrease inflammation, you can include spices like turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and cayenne pepper. Top it all off with a handful of ice to cool down the mix, and give yourself a refreshing treat!
If you want to keep things simple, focus on an easy recipe with bananas, pineapple, melon and greens. If you like things peppery yet sweet, arugula and watercress mixed with strawberries, dates and coconut be up your alley.
And when you want to spice things up, try a carrot, mango, turmeric and cayenne smoothie. Pro tip: Add some cracked black pepper into the mix. It’ll help your body absorb the turmeric more effectively.
While some people like a fresh-pressed juice, blending or emulsifying your produce will help keep the fiber content high versus stripping it out, giving you the elements you need in your diet. And if you add protein in the form of tofu or Greek yogurt, nuts, oats or other healthy ingredients, you may not need to add more to your meal since you will only add calories to the count.
Are you ready to jump on the green smoothie bandwagon?
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