It’s often not what you take out of your diet, but what you add in that counts.
The biggest boost to my overall health—and skin—is due to the humble green smoothie; delicious helpings of organic kale and spinach, cucumber and celery (among other ingredients) all blended to a smooth pulp.
Incorporating a daily smoothie into your life is not only healthy, it’s also delicious and a clever way to pack a lot of nutritional punch, including fiber, into your diet.
There are countless recipe variations, and sometimes it’s just a matter of playing around with ingredients to get your favorite flavour. Here are a few of my favorites to get you started…
TIP: When drinking a smoothie, be sure to “chew” each mouthful before swallowing. This gets the digestive juices working, and helps the digestive process, making sure you get the most of all those nutrients!
My Smoothie du Jour
I’m hooked on this smoothie at the moment. It has loads of fiber thanks to all those greens and is excellent for your skin thanks to the good fats from the coconut oil, flax, chia and hemp. If you’re not used to green smoothies, it may be one you work up to, as the taste of the greens can be quite powerful.
1 to 2 cups water (add more water if you prefer a thinner consistency, as this smoothie can be quite thick)
2 dates, pitted and soaked
Curly kale (about 3 large leaves)
Spinach (about 6 large leaves)
Cucumber (about 1/4)
Italian parsley (a good handful of sprigs)
2 teaspoons chia seeds, soaked
Crushed hemp (about 2 teaspoons)
1 teaspoon spirulina
1 tbs extra virgin coconut oil
1tbs crushed flax
On the Go Smoothie
Sometimes there’s no time to play around with loads of ingredients. When time’s of the essence, but I still want a delicious-tasting drink with good nutrition, this is my go-to.
1 to 1/2 cups water
2 stalks celery
Spinach (about a 6 to 10 large leaves)
1 apple, cored
1-2 dates, pitted
Full o’ Fruit Smoothie
A fantastic summer drink/meal, this is a great if you’re looking for a boost of Vitamin C. Meanwhile, aloe vera is fantastic for the digestion and great for the skin.
1 – 1/2 cups water
3 to 4 Kiwi fruit (I prefer the golden variety)
1 large orange, peeled with seeds removed
4-6 leaves butter or red leaf lettuce
1 small aloe vera leaf with skin on
Gorgeously Green Smoothie
Sometimes simple is best. Pack in your greens for the ultimate glow. If you like your smoothies on the sweet side, add a banana or a soaked date.
2 cups water
1 bunch dandelion greens
1 medium cucumber
2 leaves of curly kale
Handful Italian parsley
Something Borrowed: The Glowing Green Smoothie
Celebrities love it and so do I. Kim Snyder’s Glowing Green is very cleansing and fab for your skin.
1 ½ cups water
1 head organic romaine lettuce, chopped
½ head of large bunch or ¾ of small bunch organic spinach
3-4 stalks organic celery
1 organic apple, cored and chopped
1 organic pear, cored and chopped
1 organic banana
Juice of ½ organic lemon
1/3 bunch organic cilantro (coriander)
1/3 bunch organic parsley