After years of having, basically, the same smoothie every morning, I’ve really broken out of my smoothie rut this year. With the help of sessions with Feed Life and Jiivala and information from the blog Nutrition Stripped, I’ve been experimenting with different kinds of greens, assorted seeds, super foods and antioxidants. Spinach is my favourite leafy green to put in my smoothie because it doesn’t have a flavour when it’s all blended up. Some nutrition experts recommend changing up your greens as sticking to one kind can cause a build up of toxins (alkaloid buildup) in your body. So, I try to rotate my leaves – baby kale is pretty good, fresh Romaine lettuce is good, arugula is interesting. I’ve even thrown leftover salad into the blender! (Tastes pretty good as long as there are no green onions in the salad)! A new addition to my smoothies is turmeric which has anti-inflammatory effects. Cayenne, also new, stimulates circulation and boosts the immune system. I throw some ginger in for it’s anti-inflammatory contribution and because it is good for the digestion. Lemons in a smoothie give a vitamin C boost and they are antibacterial and immune boosting.
So, here’s what I’ve been blending up recently:
(I’ve been dying to post this picture! Look at all the fancy labels I made!)
What we’ve got here is …
a big handful of spinach
3 leaves of Romaine lettuce, chopped up a bit
1 stalk of celery, chopped
2 small English cucumbers, chopped
2 kinds of fruit (In this picture, it’s mango and apple, but try blueberries, peach, strawberries, whatever you like. Hold off on the banana though unless you’re going to drink it all right away. Banana in a smoothie, left to sit for a bit takes on a flavour I’m not partial too.)
1 tbsp. chia seeds (or ground flax seeds or hemp hearts)
1 slice of lemon, peel and all
thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and chopped up
1/8 tsp turmeric
1/8 tsp cayenne
Put all the ingredients in a blender. (I use an immersion blender with a tall narrow container as pictured in the photo). Pour water in until the ingredients are covered. Blend until smooth. In a high powered blender you can get really smooth. With my immersion blender, it gets pretty smooth, but there is still a bit of texture. This makes two servings. One for you and one for a friend. Or one for you now and another for you later!
Here’s what my amazing smoothie looks like after blending:
The taste is eye opening and energizing and delicious. I really like the hit of ginger and cayenne. I’ve tried this smoothie out on a few people and it’s been well received by most. My six year old niece hates it, doesn’t even like the smell! “Tom” is not into it either. But two family members and two friends have given it one, if not two, thumbs up.
Here’s the same smoothie, but with blueberries. I think it has a deep purple colour, but “Tom” says it looks like sludge!
And here’s the same smoothie made with strawberries and beet leaves. I call it Ruby Beauty!
Try it. Let me know what you think.
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