minty green detox smoothie
Anyone looking for a health boost or detox? Me too. It has officially been fall since last Friday and the change of seasons is usually a time when people are more motivated to get back into their wellness routines. I have been starting my days with this green smoothie and I can actually feel my body getting healthier by the sip. It's no wonder though, considering the long list of health benefits associated with each ingredient...
Cucumber: Cucs contain 95% water so naturally, they are incredibly hydrating. They also contain Silica which promotes brighter and more brilliant skin. Cucumbers also contain heaps of vitamin A- which does wonders for the skin as well. Namely, it activates fibroblasts which produce collagen and keeps your skin firm and youthful.
Spinach: This green has such a wide range of health benefits like how it strengthens bones, increases metabolism, prevents strokes, and stabilizes blood pressure. However, I am going to speak to its anti-inflammatory properties as that's something I am really into right now. So, spinach contains an abundance of anti-inflammatory compounds that do everything from help to prevent cancer, keeps the digestive track flourishing, magically makes acne disappear, protects against heart disease and relieves discomfort from arthritis and gout.
Apple: I went into some detail about how amazingly healthy and awesome apples are in my autumn apple crumble recipe. Go make this recipe ASAP. It's delicious and super healthy because among other things, apples contain Malic Acid (what gives apples that tart taste) which has loads of benefits like reduced muscle soreness, improved digestion, increased energy and it even helps to detox toxic metals out of the body.
Lime: Oh I love me some lime. It's no coincidence that many household cleansers smell of citrus. Lime and the rest of its citrus fam are amazing detoxifiers and cleansers of the body. Toxins can build up in the body from consuming processed or unhealthy foods, environmental factors and medications. They cause weight gain, disease, tiredness, brain fog and premature aging. Lime combats these toxins but killing bacteria and increasing production of the liver which is our greatest detoxifier.
Mint: One of my all time favorite herbs that I use in so many of my recipes because it's such a refreshing flavor. Mint stimulates digestion and aids in weight loss by helping to turn the fat we consume into usable energy.
Chia Seeds: This superfood has an invisible taste so it's kind of the perfect addition to your daily smoothie. Although the taste is absent, the benefits are not. Chia seeds contain a plethora of protein, fiber, minerals, vitamins, omega 3s and antioxidants. They help rebuild skin cells and keep us looking fresh, aid in healthy digestion, lower blood pressure, decrease bad cholesterol and helps us to absorb vitamins properly so that we can our best, healthiest self.
Aloe Vera: I picked up a gallon of organic aloe vera juice from trader joes and I have been using this in my smoothies for an extra health boost. In this recipe I used 1/2 a cup of aloe vera in addition to a 1/2 cup of water as anymore than this can cause cramping or diarrhea. I didn't know this and had been using 1 cup of aloe vera juice for the first week and didn't experience this but better safe than sorry. Moving on, aloe vera is incredibly hydrating. That's why you put it on your skin when you have a sun burn. Hydrating foods are wildly beneficial because they allow the liver to work efficiently to get rid of toxins, helps with efficient digestion, eliminating constipation, keeping the proper PH in the body and clear skin.
I N G R E D I E N T S
1 cup of sliced cucumber
1 cup of packed spinach
1/2 gala apple, cored and seeded
1/2 lime, juiced
5 mint leaves
1/2 cup of aloe vera juice
1/2 cup of water
1 cup of ice
R E C I P E
Wash the vegetables. If organic, leave the skin on. If not, remove it.
Blend together all of the ingredients until smooth.