The Ultimate Green Smoothie:
Feeling a little under the weather? Sneezing on everyone in sight? Looking like Charlize Theron in ‘Monster’? We feel you… so we decided to find the ultimate immune-boosting smoothie that will rid you of all those nasty flu infested foreign bodies! Bang these ingredients into your blender with a splash of water or fresh orange juice and you’ll be feeling right as rain in no time!
Kale: Because kale is trending and everybody’s doing it! These leafy greens are a great source of amino acids (protein), calcium, beta-carotene (vitamin A), vitamin K, iron, manganese, magnesium, zinc, and selenium. All around super food, kale is great for strengthening the body, creating beautiful skin, boosting the immune system, and providing important antioxidants. Also, it’s full of fiber, which is great for cleansing the colon (if you know what I mean).
Romaine Lettuce: Never heard of it, but it contains vitamin C and beta-carotene (vitamin A), which work together in the body to prevent plaque from forming on artery walls. It is also a good source of potassium, iron, vitamin K, manganese, vitamins B1 and B2, and chromium. Romaine lettuce helps to regulate blood pressure, build blood, and support body movement.
Cucumber: Shew, we know what that is! Highly hydrating, cucumbers are full of B vitamins, silica, and electrolytes that help build clearer, brighter skin. The vitamin C and electrolytes in cucumbers makes them great at fighting puffiness and bloating in the body, working as an anti-inflammatory team.
Celery: Not a huge fan – but will take one for the team. It’s very alkaline, full of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Good source of B1, B2, B6, and C vitamins, iron, and amino acids. Celery helps to lower high blood pressure and reduce puffiness. It contains compounds, which reduce inflammation and stress (causing blood vessels to dilate), respectively. Celery is a powerful detoxifier and colon cleanser.
Pear: Ok, enough silly comments… read on. Contains vitamins C, E, B, and K, copper, manganese, potassium, iron, magnesium, selenium, calcium, and zinc. Pears are wonderful for the skin and supportive of both the lungs and the colon.
Banana: Contains vitamin B6 and magnesium, which help promote better sleep. Bananas also have fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin A. They promote good digestion, prevent constipation, and contribute to healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Lemon: Extremely alkaline, are high in vitamin C, and traces of calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Lemons are a powerful detoxifying agent. They support liver function, purify the blood, destroy free radicals and toxins, flush out bacteria, fight wrinkles and rejuvenate skin.
Chia Seeds: These seeds swell 10 to 15 times their original size when placed in liquid, which makes them great for weight-loss. They also help stabilize blood sugar levels, providing you with longer lasting energy. Chia seeds are an excellent source of protein, calcium, anti-oxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Mint: Great source of vitamin C and beta-carotene (vitamin A), copper, iron, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Mint aids in digestion, is helpful in relieving congestion of the respiratory tract, and lowers blood pressure.
Parsley: A powerful detoxifier, parsley aids digestion, removes toxins from the body, acts as a diuretic by flushing out the kidneys, and purifies the blood. It contains vitamin A, C, and E, iron, and anti-oxidants.
Cinnamon: Studies have found that cinnamon helps lower blood sugar, have anti-oxidant effects, fight bacteria, and reduce inflammation.
Ginger: Helps ease nausea, maintain proper blood circulation, improve nutrient absorption in the body, is anti-inflammatory, strengthens immune system, and fights common respiratory problems.
Turmeric: Very high in anti-oxidants, turmeric is a great anti-cancer agent. It is also anti-inflammatory and works as a blood cleanser. Cleansed blood results in clearer, brighter skin.
Recipe: thegreenforks.com | Photo credit: louisalorang.dk