Green Boost Detox Smoothie

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“If you don’t take care of this the most magnificent machine that you will ever be given…where are you going to live?”
~ Karyn Calabrese

 

One of my most favourite things is food. And I want my food to be a delight – even as it is healing and nourishing me. This smoothie is a complete healthy meal in a glass. 🙂

Right now I’m doing my best to support my body’s methylation pathways and detoxification processes. As well as late stage Lyme Disease I have the MTHFR gene mutation and Pyrrole Disorder, both of which negatively impact methylation and detoxification – two factors critical to healing Lyme. This simple smoothie is packed full of nutrients to support those processes. Not only is it delicious –  it delivers a superb anti-oxidant cocktail to your body! In the lead-up to Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations anything that is going to support healthy liver, digestive and detoxification functions is a good thing!

Please don’t omit the coconut cream or oil in this recipe.The fat  is essential to help absorption of the fat soluble vitamins and minerals. If you’re not a fan of coconut, substitute butter or a slurp of your favourite cold-pressed oil.

Broccoli Sprout Powder is a true superfood. Read more about it here. I also love organic Kelp Powder, which is rich in iodine and trace minerals that help support healthy thyroid function and stable blood sugar. You can find both these ingredients in health food stores.

The best way to make this green smoothie is with a high speed blender such as a Nutribullet, Thermomix, Blendotherm or Vitamix.

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Ingredients:

1 cup of strawberries ( or your favourite berries or low-carb fruit)

1 cup of kale

1 cup of parsley

1/3 cup of pecan nuts

1 scant teaspoon of organic Broccoli Sprout Powder

1/2 teaspoon of organic Kelp Powder

1/2 cup of coconut cream or 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

1 cup of water

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Method:

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Enjoy!

Delicious Strawberry and Kale Green Smoothie Recipe

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“Our bodies run on the fresh green fuel of the land.” ~Terri Guillemets

 

Today’s my birthday, so you’d think I’d be blogging about cake, but no. I’ve decided to post something virtuous instead. We’ll get to the cake later. 🙂

I love a good green smoothie. It’s a tasty, easy way to eat whole foods and to increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Kids and fussy eaters usually enjoy them too, where they often wouldn’t eat the same vegetables served another way.

If you have a high-speed blender like a Nutribullet, Blendotherm, Vitamix or Thermomix you’ll make short work of putting this all together.

This smoothie recipe is dairy, gluten and sugar-free, but it is creamy and sweet from the berries, and has high levels of protein, Vitamin C, antioxidants, iron, Vitamin K, calcium, omega 3 fatty acids, lauric acid and trace minerals. It will fill you up, is kind to your liver and digestive system, and has beneficial amounts of fibre. Plus – it’s YUM! I often have a green smoothie as a complete meal. It’s a great choice if you’re time poor, or if you’re feeling unwell. They are quick to make, and easy to digest.

PS: Drinking this smoothie also helps you to feel more internally harmonious when you fully expect to be eating cake sometime in the near future…

Ingredients for two generous serves:

1 punnet of strawberries (250 grams or one heaped cup), two very generous handfuls of kale (or your favourite leafy green – spinach is good too!), 1 orange, 2 tablespoons of raw nuts of your choice,  1 and 1/2 cups of coconut water, 1/2 cup of coconut milk or coconut cream)

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Method:

Wash the strawberries and kale. Dehull the berries. Add to blender. Remove skin from orange, cut into chunks and add to blender along with all other ingredients. Blend until the drink is smooth.

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Your green smoothie will taste creamy, light, fruity and the very best kind of green. You can seriously feel every mouthful doing you good. Enjoy!

Red Dragon Juice Recipe

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“But it is one thing to read about dragons and another to meet them.” 
~ Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea

 

A fresh juice is a splendid way to start the morning. This delicious recipe is full of good things to give a lift to your day, and it tastes creamy and earthy, with a little bit of sweetness and a little bit of bite. Just like any good dragon should be.

Speaking of dragons I am giving a magical DRAGON shoutout to my friend Evelyn Goh. She’ll know what it’s about!

Image from Dragoart

Image from Dragoart

Ingredients to serve 2: 1 red dragonfruit, 1 orange, 2 red radishes, 1 beetroot, 2 red apples, 6 guavas

Method: Take skin off orange and dragonfruit. Put all fruit through the juicer.

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This juice is a blood cleanser and immune booster, working very well on the liver and kidney meridians. It is also a fabulous support for the base chakra. Plus it tastes amazingly good. Enjoy!

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Fresh Watermelon Zinger Juice Recipe

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“The nature of watermelons is generally rather chilling and contains a great deal of moisture, yet they possess a certain purgative quality, which means that they are also diuretic and pass down through the bowels more easily than large gourds and melons. Their cleansing action you can discover for yourself; just rub them on dirty skin. Watermelons will remove the following: freckles, facial moles, or epidemic leprosy, if anyone should have these conditions.”
~ Galen (129-216 A.D.), Marcus Aurelius’s personal physician.

Juices, broths and teas are making a big appearance in my house right now. I love the fresh taste of this particular juice, and it’s so very delicious that it’s easy to forget that it’s also good for you. 🙂

My Watermelon Zinger juice is a thirst quencher on a hot day, but it also helps if you suffer from nausea, heart issues or fluid retention.

There’s a gorgeous little organic roadside fruit and vegetable stall not far from our house, and they’ve had a bumper crop of heirloom Moon and Stars watermelons this summer. The flesh of this melon is buttery and sweet, and so so good!

We bought one yesterday for a couple of dollars and brought it home, inspired to make fresh juice.

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Watermelon has many health benefits – the seeds are high in magnesium, potassium, iron, protein, zinc and copper (so don’t pull them out before you juice your melon flesh!), it’s a natural diuretic, and the flesh is brimful of antioxidants, Vitamin C, lycopene, B group vitamins, the amino acid L-citrulline which converts to L-arginine – important for cardiovascular and immune function. It’s also anti-inflammatory and improves fat cell metabolism.

To boost this juice further I add fresh orange and ginger. Oranges are alkalinising in the body, and are good for eye health, immune function, normalising blood pressure and providing lots of anti-oxidants. Ginger soothes digestion, quells nausea and provides a lovely kick to the juice. It does a bunch of other great stuff too. Also, I adore it!

So here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

2 cups of watermelon flesh per person (or more if you want a big juice!), one large orange per person, a small knob (maybe an inch) of fresh ginger.

Method:

Cut your watermelon into chunks, ready for the juicer.

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Then peel your oranges, leaving a little of the white pith on, because the pith contains lots of goodness. The easiest way to do this is to cut a circle from the top and base of your orange, and then run a sharp knife down the sides, following the contours of the orange to remove the rest of the skin.

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Add all of the ingredients to your juicer.

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Serve in a tall glass.

Drink yourself healthy! Enjoy 🙂

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Drink your vegetables – some great juice recipes!

Health requires healthy food ~ Roger Williams

I am a firm believer in that old saying, ‘we are what we eat’. That’s why I love freshly made juices so much.  They enable me to get a stack of nutrition into my body fast, and they are easy to make and consume when I’m in a hurry, or don’t want to stop the flow of my writing too long.

I am fortunate enough to have a vegetable garden which provides much of my own juicing ingredients, but a trip to the local farmers markets and you’ll be ready to make your own juices too.  My rule of thumb is always to juice what is fresh, local and seasonal.  The fresher it is, the more nutrients and vital life force are still within, ready to be poured into you!

Beetroot Cleanser 

This is a great recipe for cleansing and supporting the skin and blood, and it packs in some great anti-oxidants and vitamin C.

Push through a juicer and consume straight away. If you have weak digestion, have your ingredients at room temperature, or place in a sink of warm water for a few minutes to take the chill off.

You can adjust the quantities to suit your tastes and the size of your glass, but the basic ingredients are:

  • 1 beetroot, washed but not peeled
  • 1 handful of parsley or kale
  • 1/2 a lemon, skin on
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 inch of ginger (optional but excellent)
  • Optional – 1 clove of garlic if you are brave – this is especially good if you are run down

 

Creamy Green Juice

I love green juices, and this one is terrific because it has a creamy rather than a watery texture. It is an excellent tonic for your liver, gall bladder, adrenals, kidneys and bladder. Once again the quantities are adjustable. Throw the ingredients in a juicer and you’ll be in sipping heaven in just a minute or two.

  • 1 small green apple (Granny Smiths are my favourite)
  • 1/2 to 1 lime with skin on (you could substitute lemon)
  • 1/2 a cucumber with skin on
  • 1 zucchini  (courgette)
  • 1 wedge of pineapple, no skin

One of the best things about juicing is that once you get the hang of it, you’ll find that you are inclined to try all sorts of weird and wonderful combinations, that are surprisingly tasty. They are also a great way to get vegetables into non-vegetable eaters!!!

If you are diabetic, or have sugar issues, go easy on the fruit. And try to vary the colours of your juices too.  Drink up, and enjoy!