This smoothie is called the cleansing GLOW smoothie for a reason. It is a health + immune boosting nutritional goldmine that will do wonders for your body – nourishing it from the inside out while the kicking flu season in the face! It is fabulous for your skin, circulation and digestive health and tastes amazing.
It really has the consistency of a juice more than a smoothie even though it is blended – so don’t worry, you won’t need a juicer to whip this up at home. A super simple combination of fresh cucumber, raw ginger root, lemon and antioxidant-packed goji berries, this smoothie juice is not only refreshing but full of kick from the raw ginger and lemon that is sure to energise you and your insides instantly. I love having this smoothie first thing in the morning before any food while the body is still in “cleansing mode” from the night fast. Having it before food enhances the cleansing qualities and allows the body to effectively absorb all the nutrients. That said, I do often save some leftovers for the afternoon as I find it really helps me overcome any energy slumps and sweet cravings. Aside from its cleansing effects, it is also brimming with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, which I’ll explain more about below. If you, like me, isn’t a huge fan of ginger don’t write this off just yet. I dislike ginger in most things (ironically it reminds me of morning sickness), but admit that juices are the exception. As far as this one goes, the more ginger the better – and knowing just how good it is for my body really helps too. You can, of course, adjust the amount you use and gradually increase to reap more of the benefits this amazing root has to offer.
Ingredients… Here’s what’s good about them…
Ginger is an incredibly root – highly anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants, it helps stimulate digestion and soothes the digestive tract, making it great for those with stomach and digestive troubles. Ginger is also a fabulous for improving circulation and helps give your skin an amazing glow.
Lemon is bitter and nutritious and full of cleansing properties – hence why many cultures have traditionally practised having lemon in warm water first thing in the morning. Personally I get pretty bored with lemon in hot water and find that this juice is a great alternative. Lemon is also packed with vitamin C, is a great immune booster and powerful antioxidant that help protect against cell damage and signs of ageing.
A large percentage of this juice is cucumber, which is not only very hydrating but also great for your skin. The phytochemicals in cucumber help the collagen in the skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer of your skin while also reducing the visibility of cellulite. Cucumbers are high in vitamin K and a good source of B vitamins zinc, vitamin C as well as the beauty mineral, silica.
Renowned for being super charged with a variety of powerful antioxidants, goji berries are also high in protein, fibre and vitamin A, E + C. They add a great colour, boost the nutritional benefit and add a subtle sweetness that makes this juice extra tasty.
As the recipe notes, you can make this with water or coconut water. I like using a mix, and the addition of raw coconut water is super delicious as it also add that exotic flavour and a bit of sweetness. Personally I love this brand of coconut water, but obviously if you have access to the real deal that is even better!
|Cleansing GLOW Smoothie|| |
- 200 gm organic cucumber
- Juice from 1½ lemons (1/2 cup / 120 ml)
- 1 tbsp goji berries (pre soaked in water for 5 mins)
- 1 knob fresh ginger, grated (I use around 30 gm / 1 oz)
- 1½ cups (360ml) water or 100% raw coconut water - or a mix of both.
- A little raw honey or few drops liquid stevia (OPTIONAL)
- Place goji berries in a little water and let them soak for 5 mins. Drain and place the goji berries in a high speed blender.
- Add all the remaining ingredients to the blender (I used a Vitamix) and blend on high for about a minute.
- Add honey/stevia to taste (if using) and blend again.
- Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge (consume within 24 hours for optimal nutritional benefit).
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