As a next part of my health promoting series are these healthy cleansing smoothies. As mentioned in the previous post, eating – and making smoothies – is not just about having a meal. There’s a lot more to it.
When considering making healthy smoothies, we often think of the most nutritious, delicious or healthiest ingredients. And that’s great. But, no matter how strong we hold to our principles of eating healthy and using fresh, and/or organic food, there are factors that will impact our health – especially our digestive tract – and there is absolutely nothing we can do about it. We can’t do anything to prevent – or deter – most of these influences.
Fortunately, there is a way to fight back. Effectively. After a certain period of holding a regular diet combined with today’s fast and busy life, there is an unwanted build-up of toxins in the body. These are considered to be the most influential factors raising this issue.
Like it or not, it’s there.
All the tiny impurities in the air and the water due to industrial expansion, and the heavily processed food, become a significant weight to bear. The symptoms can vary depending on the person and lifestyle. Also, being very subtle and impossible to notice, one can notice the build-up after some time. Some of the main indicators are:
- lack of energy;
- increased heart-rate even from minute tasks;
- lack of regular and effective sleep;
- lack of appetite and / or irregular diet;
- unclear mind and unorganized train of thought;
- minor confusions and lack of focus;
These are only some of the symptoms, and I have felt all of them, and maybe some more. But, back to the solution.
With a little research – or reading a guide like this one – we can easily find a way to fight back. Thoughtfully chosen and combined ingredients are the right arsenal needed to set this battle off. Here are some of the more useful ingredients for this task:
- fruit (apple, banana, all kinds of berries);
- coconut water, water, almond milk;
- leafy green vegetables;
- acidic fruits (mango, ginger, lemon);
- green tea;
In that context, I have compiled several healthy selections which will help you fight the toxins build-up. I hope you’ll love my selection of tasty cleansing smoothies because I know they are effective. Enjoy:
Amazing mix of extremely healthy ingredients and really cleanse-friendly nutrients. Based on a half of a cup of almond milk, this smoothie recipe brings anti-aging benefits due to this ingredient’s vitamin E contents, as well as anti-gastritis potential. Almond milk also helps the GI tract absorb fat and sugar, and at the same time protecting it with its fiber contents. Now let’s add a half of a tablespoon of almond butter to the mix. we actually add protection for the cardiovascular system and blood cholesterol level regulation properties.
Another extremely friendly ingredient when it comes to cleansing and the GI tract health in general – the banana. Rich in fiber, bananas promote lower intestine health by practically feeding the good bacteria within. They are often used in successful weight loss plans as they promote it vigorously. This all is without mentioning the heart-friendly and antioxidant-rich environment, as well as kidney health promotion.
Finally, we will add a conveniently named powerhouse mix. A half a cup of kale and the same amount of chard provides the final punch of extremely healthy ingredients for the first of the cleansing smoothies for today. Starting with the kale’s rich spectrum of nutrients such as fiber, vitamins (A, C and K), antioxidants and calcium, all the way to chard’s rich portfolio made of the same vitamins – and fiber – as kale, but also minerals like magnesium, iron and the ever-important potassium.
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk;
- 1/2 tablespoon almond butter;
- 1 banana;
- 1/2 cup kale;
- 1/2 cup chard;
The next entry in my list of cleansing smoothies for today simply mesmerized me with its emerald shade. It goes without saying that its taste is on par with the appearance and expectations. From nutritional point of view, we’ll end up with a cup of gut-friendly liquid that will make your day! This recipe did wonders for me (it was kinda fantastic actually, hence the name), especially since I included it in my regular diet, and I am sure you will also feel the benefits.
We’ll start preparing the Jade Fantasy by peeling one fresh kiwifruit. Named by New Zealand’s national bird, this amazing and tasty fruit bears ancient importance, and not just as a food or ingredient, but as a medicine as well. While growing up, my parents always told me that kiwis are extremely healthy (actually so rich in healthy nutrients – especially vitamin C and fructose – that one needs to be careful with the amounts), so they became highly respected ingredient in my regular diet. Because, being rich in fiber among a myriad of other beneficial nutrients, kiwi promotes healthy GI tract, and helps the body fight against developing some serious conditions such as diverticular disease, and against those pesky carcinogens!
After getting the initial green shade, we need to mush one banana in the blender. This is another extremely popular and beneficial fruit that’s entered my regular consumption rituals. Same as the kiwis, bananas are rich in fiber, vitamins and bear benefits that make them a high priority ingredient. From bowel friendly properties, anti-infection properties, loads of antioxidants, all the way to heart-health promoting and blood pressure regulating values.
Next, we need two fresh celery stalks. Very famous vegetable among people with strict weight loss diets, and it is so for a good reason. Other than the freshness and the addition of natural green shade, celery brings a decent amount of fiber. Due to it, the food digestion process happens in a smoother manner. One of the consequences is reduced risk of developing colon cancer.
Celery fun fact: Celery was a common aphrodisiac in Ancient Rome
Now we have a mix which has almost reaching its final shade. Let’s add one big fresh green apple. Yes, green apple is preferable. It will add that last touch of jade shade, to complete the fantasy. Apples are really rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, and they discourage piling of the infamous bad cholesterol. Also, apples are loud promoters of healthy metabolism. Adding a cup of almond milk provides the final smoothing look, as well as the aforementioned benefits.
- 1 kiwifruit;
- 1 banana;
- 2 celery stalks;
- 1 large green apple;
- 1 cup almond milk;
For this next recipe, I am using an older decoration ice cubes which are very simple to make. Mix nicely a small amount of almond milk and honey, and fill an ice tray with it. Let it freeze and – voila! Amazing, tasty almond milk – honey ice cubes that will provide for a sweet refreshing aftertaste. You don’t have to use extra almond milk for the ice cubes as it does not take a lot, so you can use the rest of it for the recipe.
Now, let’s get to mushing. Mix almond milk with one fresh and nicely rinsed celery stalk. Once all of it is well mixed, proceed by adding one half of a green or a red apple. For this recipe I used green apple again, but you can also choose red if you want. Mush it nicely and proceed by adding a tablespoon of ground flax seed. Flax seed is another extremely frequently used plants, especially in cleansing smoothies. Cultivated even from ancient times, a lot of people consider flax seed to be one of the most potent plant in the world. Among the numerous conditions this plant can help us fight against, its anti-stroke potential is what is most impressive to me. Of course, I have to mention its fiber, antioxidant and omega-3 fatty acids contents, which are only partially the reason for its popularity.
Now, the final ingredient before the tasty meal begins – honey. Add the honey in the mix and blend it to the desired consistency. I have mentioned honey so much in my recipes, and it stands for a reason. It’s the healthiest and most amazing ingredients of them all. I always prefer using raw honey, but feel free to use whichever kind you have available. Honey is a potent infection fighter but it is a very efficient energy storage so we can remain productive throughout the day. And just prior to serving, add several ice cubes from earlier as our decoration.
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk;
- 1 celery stalk;
- a half red or green apple, chopped, pitted;
- 1 tbsp flax seed (ground);
- 1 teaspoon honey;
- 2 or 3 ice cubes;
I hope you enjoyed our presentation for today, our choice of cleansing smoothies. Please let us know if you have a ny remarks or suggestions, or let us know if you have some specific recipe you’d like to learn. Also, please share these healthy recipes so people you know can help themselves. Enjoy! 🙂