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Green Bomb Smoothie

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Leafy greens are the number one food you can add to your diet to improve your health. The are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and are very low in calories. According to many studies, they can help minimize risks from heart disease, Type-2 diabetes, and even some cancers.

Pineapple is ripe and tasty  right now. So easy to cut up and freeze it for my smoothies later. Always include the core, it contains bromalain which can help reduce inflammation and pain.

Mason jars are a great way to store your smoothies for the day if you are not going to drink it all. Store up to but not longer than 12 hours.Try to not have much air in there so it does not oxidize and drink it within a day or so. Fresh is best!

  • 1 head of romaine
  • 3-5 kale leaves (or 1-2 large handfuls of spinach)
  • 4 strawberries
  • 1 frozen pineapple wedge (w/ core)
  • 1 Tbl chia seeds
  • 8 oz purfied water
  • fresh squeeze of lemon or lime

Blend romaine, kale and water together first for about 15-30 seconds. Then add in other ingredients 1 at a time and blend together in high speed blender or Vitamix.

Optional boosts:

  • add 1-2 organic celery stalks
  • 1/2 cucumber – peeled if not organic or if your blender is not high speed.
  • 1/2 avocado
  • ginger
  • green apple
  • cilantro

Try different ingredients until you find the perfect blend for your ‘Go-To-Green’ smoothie. Enjoy!

Why greens?

Romaine:
Is high in fiber, water content and low in calories. It provides a good source of vitamin C (one serving like the above can provide 405 of your Vitamin C for the day) and Vitamin K great for clotting, heart health and cholesterol. It also contains Potassium good for muscles strength.

Kale:
An excellent source of vitamins A C, and K, has a good amount of calcium as veggies go, and also supplies folate and potassium. Plus it’s high in fiber. It is a great anti-inflammatory among many other health properties.

Celery:
Is a very rich source of antioxidants and contains phytonutrients like phenolic acids, flavonols, dihydrostilbenoids, flavones, furanocoumarins, and phytosterols. It is very rich in vitamin K and also contains folate, vitamin A, potassium, and vitamin C. It also contains a high amount of water. A great anti-inflammatory and some say pain minimizer, helps blood pressure and has anti cancer properties.

Cucumber:
Contains a high amount of water and a great source of vitamin B. Great for hydration and energy.

Cilantro:
It contains a high concentration of antioxidants, fiber, iron, magnesium, and manganese. It is helpful in removing harmful metals and mercury from your body.

 

 

 

 

 

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