Morning healthy drinks 💚 💚
One of my biggest dislikes is wasted food, and that’s one of the good reasons I love juicing. Any produce we cannot eat goes through the juicer, no food gets throw away in my house. I always make sure to juice, dehydrate or freeze. I love green juices, who doesn’t? To make a tasty green juice I usually balance the taste with lemons or limes, I like to add ginger and mint for a more nutritious and rich flavor. It’s all about the balance of sweet, sour and bitterness of the greens.
Green juice of the day, this glass of green came from bell pepper, celery, cucumber, spinach, broccoli, cilantro, grapefruit and apples.
4 Granny Smith Apple
1 green bell pepper
2 – 3 large celery stalk
1 cucumber, with peel
1 pink grapefruit, peeled
1 cup spinach
1 broccoli, stalk removed
handful fresh cilantro
Cilantro is a strong flavored leaf resemble parsley, and is known for its detox and cleansing properties. Cucumbers always considered mostly water, are actually rich in Vitamin K and manganese and other vitamins hard to come by.
Note: You can always replace the grapefruit with one orange if you don’t like grapefruit.
Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is a cornerstone of good health. It helps control blood pressure, and is good for the eyes, brain, digestive system and just about every other part of the body. Drinking a glowing green juices, smoothies is a great way to incorporate tremendous amount of greens and nutrients into your diet.
The benefits of Green Smoothies/Juices are endless:
Chlorophyll is plant blood, almost identical to our own red blood cells
Cleanse, oxygenates and alkalizes the blood
Binds with heavy metals and helps remove them from the body
Cleanses the bowel
Helps fight disease
Helps alkalize your body – green juice is best for this
Improve liver, gall bladder and kidney function
Energizing naturally, easy to digest, detoxifying your system and enhancing your immunity, among many others. Additional health benefits of juicing – consuming more produce then you’d normally eat raw. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices is a simple, healthy way to ensure you’re getting the vitamins and minerals you need for a balanced diet.
I’m always looking ways to eat my beloved spirulina and while I have some creative idea brewing in my brain, I always revert back to spirulina smoothies. This one I made a few days ago and it is my newest smoothie obsession. Green, healthy and refreshing smoothie with a hint of spirulina. Sometimes strange looking things taste amazing;) This time 1 cup coconut water, 1 cup frozen pineapple, spirulina, handful spinach, 1/4 lemon, mint with a dash of cinnamon. It is creamy, green and healthy plus it tastes super good too.
Green Power Smoothie
1 frozen banana
1 avocado, ripe
1 tsp tahini
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 tbsp oats
1 cup filtered water
Add all of the ingredients to your high speed blender and process until smooth and creamy. Enjoy immediately.
I seriously cannot get enough green stuff right now, I am just craving it. This smoothie is something I threw together with what I had on hand: 1 cup spinach, 1 small bunch of broccoli florets (stalk removed, adding too much broccoli will cause the smoothie to be too thick and bitter), 1 Granny Smith Apple, 1 kiwi, ½ cucumber (with peel), 1 large celery stalk, ginger, lemon and filtered water.
Notes: Making broccoli work in a green smoothie can be tricky. If you have a high-speed blender (like Vitamix), you’re good to go. If you have a cheaper (department store) blender, then I’d limit the use of broccoli to no more than one cup. Start by adding a couple florets and see how well your blender performs.
Broccoli has amazing antioxidant benefits plus about twice the daily recommended amount of vitamin C and half of vitamin A (as beta-carotene) and is also a good source of folate. Broccoli also contains small amounts of all B vitamins (except B12). It will also give you plenty of calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, fiber, copper, potassium and phosphorus as well as dietary fiber. The antioxidants in broccoli may play a role in reducing the risk of breast, cervical and prostate cancer while also boosting liver function.
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