Saturday, May 31, 2014

Clean Green Smoothie - hydrating, detoxing and alkalizing

Fresh, green, organic, hydrating and tastes really good. I love these especially when I have fresh organic ingredients. When they're organic I don't have to peel them and the skins on the ingredients in this smoothie are superfoods in themselves. To get the full benefits you really need a good blender. They need to be completely pulverised and almost creamy to help break open the cell walls to release a whole host of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, protein and phytonutrients that you just cannot achieve by chewing alone. The next step to absorbing them properly is to make sure that you chew your smoothie, it's almost like swishing it around in your mouth but not as gross. There are enzymes in your saliva that start the breakdown and digestion of these nutrients so that they can be properly utilised and absorbed into your system and cells. Another bonus to boot is that it's also very alkalizing! If you've been eating a lot of meat or you are a eater then adding one of these everyday helps to counteract the acidity. The main acidity offenders are meat, cheese,chocolate, coffee, black tea, yeast  and processed foods. [But I'm sure none of you eat those processed, coloured box, takeaway, instant crap so called foods do you? ;-)]

The fact is I don't eat any of those food but I still get a bit acidic. Miso, mushrooms, black chai tea and some fish are said to be quite acidic. There are also environmental factors that do it as well. Pollution, stress, anxiety to name but a few so as you can see none of us are immune so I little bit of help from some super alkalizing can only do us good. 

Here are some benefits of the ingredients:

Celery: Balances  pH, electrolytes and rehydrates making it great for athletes as well as being anti-inflammatory. Promotes healthy kidneys by aiding elimination of toxins, is diuretic, helps lower blood pressure and calms the nervous system. 

Cucumber: The skin is high in silicon and sulfur making it perfect for healthy skin and stimulating hair growth. It's high silica content promotes joint health and it's been found to be good for controlling diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure. 

Zucchini: Good source of Lutein and Zeaxanthin two phytonutrients that promote eye health. A good source of manganese which protects against harmful free radicals, promotes healthy bone tissue and produces collagen, another win for your skin. 

Coriander: High in iron for anemia, has anti-allergy properties as well as a natural antibiotic compound that helps protect us from salmonella. Aids digestion, helps to clear up skin and is said to be one of the best herbs for removing toxins from the body.

Cinnamon: Helps to lower blood sugar in both type 1 and 2 diabetics which is it's biggest claim to fame at present. It's also been researched by many different authorities and the finding have proved it may be beneficial in preventing Alzheimers, HIV, Multiple Sclerosis and the negative effect of high fat meals. 

Stevia: Lowers blood pressure and may even lower blood sugar which helps prevent diabetes. Tests have also indicated that it may help prevent heart disease.

Vanilla Bean: Wow! this one is said to be an aphrodisiac by increasing libido! It also has antioxidant properties that help fight damage from free radicals and may even slow the aging process.

Ginger: Aids digestion and alleviates flatulence. Helps with morning and motion sickness and has anti inflammatory properties helping to relieve swelling and pain. Fresh ginger is used for asthma, coughs, colic, heart palpitations, swellings, dyspepsia, loss of appetite and rheumatism, while the dried root is used to "strengthen" the stomach, inhibit vomiting and treat diarrhoea

Source: I forgot to write them all down but there were many! I did not get this information from just one source.

Clean Green Smoothie

Ingredients: preferably organic, if not then peel the cucumber and zucchini. 

1 lebanese cucumber or 1/2 large cucumber
1 zucchini
1-2 stalk celery, leaves included
2-3 coriander roots and leaves
1-2 thin slices fresh ginger
1/3 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 tsp vanilla powder or scrap beans for a pod
Stevia to taste.


Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend on high until completely smooth and creamy. Serve and enjoy remembering to chew it for maximum absorption of nutrients and digestion.

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