Detoxifying Green Morning Smoothies

My mornings almost always include a green drink. Mostly this is a smoothie, and less frequently a juice from my local juice bar, since I don’t own a juicer anymore. Though I do miss my juicer at times, I find my Vitamix absolutely amazing for smoothies and pulpy juices (…and just about everything else too), and really enjoy the pulpy texture and extra fibre you don’t get in regular juices as the natural vegetable fiber is removed in the juicing process.

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These two green smoothie juices are my two favorite combinations at the moment. I love how full of ‘kick’ they are with the raw ginger and alkalizing citrus fruits and find them perfect for first thing in the morning. They are full of cleansing and purifying chlorophyll from the leafy greens and are amazingly energising and refreshing. A green boost is also a much better morning “kick” than coffee ever was for me – and so much better for your digestion and major detox organs, which continually works to keep the body clean from the inside out (ever noticed how good your skin looks after a week with extra greens and fruits!). Read more about how green vegetables benefit our health here.

Some mornings a big serving of one of these is enough for me, and other mornings I find that I need something more substantial later on, such as green fried eggs or a piece of buckwheat and seed bread with hazelnut butter. On days I know I’ll be out of the house for hours, I like to make an extra large portion of these juices and bring a full mason jar with me to make sure I have something filling and healthy on hand when hunger strikes. Being organized with my food is absolutely key for me as I find it harder to choose healthy when I get too hungry and am on the go. In those instances it is so easy to reach for an energy/protein bar and though there are natural varieties made from dried dates and nuts, these are still very high in sugar and not nearly as satisfying as one of these green bombs.

Green Rainbow Smoothie

2 handfuls fresh spinach (or 2-3 large frozen cubes)
knob of fresh ginger, peeled
1 lime, peeled
1 lemon, peeled
handful fresh parsley
1-2 leaves rainbow chard (depending on size), with stems
1 1/2 cup filtered water (or more for a thinner consistency)
4 drops 100% pure stevia

Green Morning Kick

1 handful fresh spinach (or 1-2 large frozen cubes)
chunk of cucumber (about 8-10 cm sized piece)
1 baby gem lettuce or 1/2 small romaine lettuce
1 large lemon, peeled
1-2 celery stalks (20 cm pieces)
1 1/2 cup filtered water (or more for a thinner consistency)
knob fresh ginger, peeled
4 drops 100% pure stevia

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I purposefully don’t add any fruit other than lemon and/or lime to these juices as I like to keep the first drink of the day very alkalizing and low in sugar (even the natural ones), but if you find it’s a little too green you can easily add a green apple (I prefer granny smith) to add some extra good sweetness. Instead of using fresh spinach I like to keep a big bag of frozen organic spinach in my freezer, which just makes the whole thing extra easy and effortless. And that way I also don’t run out of fresh spinach every other day.

Note: If you are at risk of calcium oxalate stones, a type of kidney stone, you may need to monitor your intake of oxalates, found in raw spinach and chard leaves. If want to know whether you are at risk because of family history you should consult you health care practitioner.

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2 Responses to Detoxifying Green Morning Smoothies

  1. Emily says:

    Thanks so much for these, Regina! :) One question: if it doesn’t specify to peel the cucumber, should we peel it or leave the skin on?

    • Regina says:

      You can do either. I typically wash mine thoroughly with my fruit & veg cleaner and leave the peel on as its a good source of nutrients. Enjoy! x

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