The beginning of a new year is a great time for a greens detox. A great way to do this is by drinking cleansing green smoothies. Many of us ate more over the holidays than we usually do. After all, isn’t that what the holidays are all about? I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday, and shared some great food with family and friends.
It is nice to give our systems a break since overeating can be hard on our body. Overeating slows down our system, which means slower elimination and natural detoxification. A greens detox with cleansing green smoothies is a great way to help our bodies with its natural detoxification process and give it the break it needs. Time to rejuvenate for the new year. Many of us have New Year’s resolutions to change the way we eat, and to work at having better health and weight loss goals. An easy as well as beneficial way to help you achieve your goals, is incorporating cleansing green smoothies into your diet.
Not to worry. I am not saying that you have to go on some crazy cleanse and replace all solid food with smoothies. I am just encouraging you to drink a (green) smoothie a day. Green smoothies are easy to digest, making it easier to absorb the nutrients they contain. And boy do they ever contain a lot.
This cleansing green smoothie recipe contains several ingredients to help your body recover and rejuvenate itself for the new year ahead.
Cucumber is great for rehydrating your body and replenishing vitamins.
Parsley, more than just a decorative herb, is believed to help fight cancer, is a rich source of antioxidants helping boost your body’s immune system, as well as an anti-inflammatory.
Avocado is a great source of healthy fats. Great for your skin as well as joint health.
Basil acts as an anti-anti-inflmmatory, helping your digestive tract recover from any abuse it may have received recently. You know better than I what that might be.
Lemon is also great for the digestive system, helping your body detox and rid itself of any toxins that have accumulated.
These are just some of the healthful benefits that these incredible plant ingredients have to offer. The best thing about these ingredients in my mind is the taste. They all taste incredible. Aren’t we lucky that they are also better for us than we could ever imagine.
When I made this smoothie for myself, I did not add any sweetener, and I enjoyed it as is. If you would prefer a little sweeter, be sure to use a natural sweetener such as maple syrup, agave, or stevia.
Let me know what you think of this smoothie. Which foods are you going to try and eat more of in 2013?
Cleansing Green Smoothie Recipe
Yield: 4 1/2 cups
3-4 inches of a cucumber
1 packed cup flat leaf parsley
10-20 basil leaves
juice of 1/2 lemon or a thick slice of lemon with peel if using Vitamix
3/4 cup blueberries
2-3 ice cubes
2 cups water
Optional: agave nectar, maple syrup or stevia to taste
Combine all the ingredients together in a blender and blend until smooth. Add water to attain desired consistency.
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