A green smoothie is a great way to get your fresh greens! This supernutrient smoothie is also an excellent way to detox from too much processed junk food. When your diet has contained too much fast food and chemical-laden preservatives, it’s time to feed your body unprocessed, healthy, fresh foods that will reduce inflammation and provide your cells with a feast of healthy antioxidants.
This 100 calorie meal-replacement beauty is chock full of delicious nutrients. It’s also the perfect choice after a workout, as it will re-hydrate you while piling on the amino acids.
Green Smoothie Ingredients
1/2 cup celery
1 cup spinach
1 cup parsley
1/2 cup strawberries
1/4 cup orange or apple juice or vegetable juice
How To Make A Green Smoothie
Chop celery, spinach, parsley, and strawberries. Add to blender with the juice of 1/2 lime (if you have one) and a splash of apple, orange or veggie juice.
Blend together until smooth, and enjoy every healthy sip!
Green Smoothie Variations
Optionally add: clove of chopped garlic or 1 serving yogurt or half a grapefruit or 1 tsp of chia seed or ground flaxseed.
Chia or ground flaxseed are an excellent addition to your supernutrient smoothie, as they add extra fiber as well as Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Many consider them “superfoods”, and preliminary studies show that flaxseed may help fight heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer. Be sure to buy ground flaxseed, and keep it refrigerated. Chia can be used whole and is quite helpful when you’re dieting, as it absorbs a lot of liquid and helps keep away hunger by making you feel full.
1/2 cup celery contains 10 calories, 1 gm fiber, and is rich in calcium, manganese, potassium, vitamin A, B6, and vitamin C.
1 cup spinach contains 7 cal, 0.7 gm fiber, and is rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin A, B6, and vitamin C – impressive!
1 cup parsley contains 22 cal, 2 gm fiber, and is rich in iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C.
1/2 cup strawberries contains 26 cal, 1 gm fiber, and is rich in manganese and vitamin C. The antioxidants in strawberries can help reduce your risk for Parkinson’s and other diseases.
Orange, Apple or Vegetable Juice
1/4 cup orange or apple juice contains about 30 cal, and is rich in vitamin C (or use vegetablejuice, lower in calories and richer in fiber, potassium and vitamin A).
Juice of 1/2 lime contains 5 cal, and is rich in potassium and vitamin C.
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