After-The-Holidays Detox Smoothie

Between celebrating Christmas, meeting friends out, having a couple of cocktails while we catch up on Netflix shows, the idea of the upcoming weekend and New Years seems a little daunting.  One word keeps surfacing each morning in my mind over and over………..detox!

Below is a recipe for a delicious detox smoothie.  The base of the recipe we pulled from Healthy Smoothie Tips and Ideas (Plus 8 Recipes) by Listotic.  I recommend reading her article if you are new to making smoothies or just can’t seem to get it right.  She’s has a list of great tips for making all kinds of smoothies.  Here is our version of the detox smoothie:

After-The-Holidays Detox Smoothie

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 Tbsp Trader Joes Super Seed and Ancient Grain Blend
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • ice (I used 5 ice cubes if you want to get specific :))

Place your ingredients in your blender,  but as Lilly from Listotic recommends, add your liquid and ice cubes last for a better consistency.

Not only does this smoothie taste great but it has so many benefits for you.  Many of the ingredients including the ginger, cucumber and kale have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  This smoothie is also rich in nutrients and helps aid digestion.  The liquid from the coconut water, cucumber and ice also helps detox your system and can improve your metabolism.  And as an added bonus, the ginger is also great for fighting nausea if you don’t feel so great on New Years Day.

Enjoy this smoothie and let us know what you think!  I made it this morning and really enjoyed it!

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Get the Benefits of Maca in This Delicious Smoothie

 

Last week, on a search for recipes with maca powder, I found this “Hormone Balancing Almond, Maca & Cinnamon Smoothie” on Pinterest posted by Wallflower Kitchen.  I made it and am excited to share it!  I feel like my hormones were out of whack so I thought what the heck – why not try it?  It was delish! I loved it!   I decided I would have one a day for a week to really see if it evens out my moods.  Ingredients shown below:

Wait, what is Maca?  Maca powder is a superfood that originates in the Peruvian Andes and grows at altitudes starting at  11,000 ft. in harsh conditions.  Maca is a plant from the cruciferous family (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, etc. ).

Maca
Maca Image from http://www.themacateam.com

Maca has been used for centuries to help increase energy, balance hormones, help with menopause symptoms, improve sexual function, and reduce anxiety and depression.  If this is true, than this is a serious superfood for women!

Does this really work?  I turned to Authority Nutrition, an unbiased and independent website that provides articles about nutrition, weight loss and health based on scientific evidence.  In their article, “9 Benefits of Maca Root (and potential side effects)” , they concur that among other benefits, “Maca increases libido in men and women, may help relieve symptoms of menopause, reduces depression and anxiety, and may boost sports performance and energy”.

Where can you buy Maca?  If going to the Andes isn’t in your travel plans, you can find maca as a powder form or as a supplement.  I bought it at The Vitamin Shoppe,  but it is available at Amazon and at other retailers as well.

Flash forward to today – I am still in love with this smoothie!  It tastes so good.  I haven’t noticed any changes in my hormones just yet, but I’m also not sure if a week is enough time to truly tell a difference.  In any case, I highly recommend this smoothie for flavor alone.  To me, it tastes like a vanilla malt – but Wallflower Kitchen describes it as a “sweet cookie flavor”.  I think the final flavor will depend on the type of protein power you use, so use your favorite and you’ll be happy.

The benefits of the smoothie are that it’s high in protein,  low in sugar, vegan, gluten-free, and paleo.  You could even lessen the sugar by using 1 date rather than 2 if you really wanted to.

This morning I changed it up a bit and added avocado to this smoothie.  I felt it really made it smooth and still tasted like a malt.  Did I mention I love malts?

See the recipe and comments on Pinterest .

 

Detoxifying Pineapple Basil Smoothie

Ashlee’s husband said this one “smells like a salad but tastes amazing.” So, there’s that 🙂  The ingredients sound a bit weird, but the combination is surprisingly good!  Enjoy!!

  • A handful of fresh spinach or kale – two of the best superfoods for detoxing the liver and other organs in the body.
  • 1 small cucumber (skin and all) – helps to clean out the internal system, helps with cholesterol, and a loaded with vitamins.
  • 4-5 frozen chunks of pineapple – taste great, adds sweetness, contains anti-inflammatory properties, and aids in digestion.  Also known to help cellulite – BONUS!
  • 2-3 basil leaves – also helps to detox the liver
  • Coconut milk- approximately 1/2 cup
  • Protein powder of your choice  – helps to build lean, strong muscles
  • Lots of ice and water as needed to thin out smoothie