Spring …. it is springin’!! As we fully imbibe its green magic, consider adding some green magic to your diet. Greens, greens and more greens – for several ideas on that, see my website, www.ThereseSibonAcupuncture.com and look under the Self Care section – Spring Cleanse and the Power of Greens (and have fun with it all!)
Here are two recipes for amazing green smoothies. The first is one I’ve used for years, and I never tire of it. I’ve had so many people sample it and the feedback has been across the board raves! This is a smoothie that is filling, nourishing and loaded with pretty much all you need, nutritionally, to get through the day. I particularly ensure I make it when I know that I will have a lot of running around and may not get optimal food on the way. While I am not suggesting that this can replace meals, it can at least provide the nutrients that you may not get otherwise. And it’s delicious!
The amounts listed are guess-timates – add more or less of the ingredients as you choose. I tend to like it on the thick side, so adapt for yourself as desired.
THE MOST AMAZING GREENS & FRUIT SMOOTHIE
> Coconut water (approximately 3 cups) *
> Small handful of cilantro (I cut off part of the stem ends, if they are fibrous)
> Larger handful of kale (I strip off the leaves and discard the parts of the stem that are too fibrous)
> Fresh pineapple (or frozen) 2 rings, approximately
> 1/2 grapefruit, peeled (I like to leave on as much pith as possible, even though it’s bitter, as it has a lot of bioflavenoids, and I like the taste)
> 1/2 to 1 avocado
> 1 tbsp of so flaxseed oil
> 1 tbsp of so coconut oil – if it’s too solid, I’ll heat gently under my stove-warming light before adding to blender. If you blend the drink longer, the solid oil will melt, so that’s another option.
Put all ingredients in blender. I use an Oster BCBG, which was rated 2nd to the Vitamix. The Oster is $40 and the Vitamix $400. I have not found the need to purchase the Vitamix, for my purposes, even though it’s an amazing machine.
Blend, blend, blend (longer time for oster or non-vitamix). I like a smooth consistency. Adding the avocado and the oils emulsifies the drink and gives it a creamy consistency.
* for this smoothie, I use Zico Coconut water (NOT coconut milk) . While I prefer Taste Nirvana coconut water for plain drinking and for the health drink recipe following, I don’t find it necessary for this one (there is a considerable price difference).
A LIGHT COCONUT & KALE HEALTH DRINK
Easy peasy – Just add 1 or 2 bottles of coconut water and a handful of kale in the blender. I like to add a tbsp or so of coconut oil. If I melt the oil under my stove light warmer, then I can add the oil that way, if it’s too solidified. If that doesn’t work for you, I would add the kale and a little bit of the coconut water and blend it til the heat of the blending melts the oil. Then add the coconut water. I like this drink to be somewhat cool, but you choose.
Blend blend blend – you could add a splash of agave and a 1/4 tsp of vanilla, if you want a sweeter, more exotic drink
Loaded with electrolytes from the coconut water, amino acids and vitamins from the kale, and the amazing health benefits of coconut oil – including triglycerides which are a quick source energy and lauric acid, which can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi – this drink is a quick and easy immune and energy boost.
I like this Taste Nirvana brand (plain and with pulp) for this drink. It’s more expensive than Zico, but for this it’s worth the price.
(no, I don’t make anything promoting these products!)