If you want to start off your day with a breakfast that will not only keep you charged up with energy, but also slim and satiated during the upcoming holidays, then a chlorophyll smoothie is for you. Drinking green smoothies is an excellent alternative to juicing, offering numerous benefits such as detoxification, energy boosts, and much more. You can skip the store bought juice and make this simple smoothie to replace vitamins and minerals that are often deficient in our holiday feasting – which for many Americans consists of mostly simple carbs, simple sugars, and factory farmed meat.
Most people are aware by now that chlorophyll – the substance which allows plants to process sunlight, and also that gives them their green color – is absolutely beneficial for health. This smoothie can build your blood, boost your immune system, and fill your body with a combination of superfoods that even help to support your DNA.
It will also help to keep you regular when eating lots of highly processed foods can cause constipation. Just make sure to use organic fruits and vegetables, and filtered water for the recipe. The lemon or lime juice will keep your smoothie from oxidizing as quickly if you don’t drink it right away:
It starts with a base of young coconut water since it is very similar to our own blood plasma, which you can find at any health food store. From there you will need to juice the following:
Green Smoothie Ingredients
- 1 bunch organic spinach
- 1 bunch organic kale
- 1 bunch beet greens
- 1 bunch dandelion greens
- 1 small organic radish
- 1 organic cucumber
- 3 organic celery stalks
- 1 squeeze of organic lemon or lime
- ½ cup young coconut water
- 1 heaping tbs. hemp protein
- ½ teaspoon organic wild honey
- ½ teaspoon Maca
Nutritional Value of 11 Awesome Ingredients
Spinach – This leafy green is so powerful it can reduce skin cancers, ovarian cancers and prostate cancers. Spinach is also full of vitamins A, K, D, and E, lots of trace minerals, and a substance called apigenin, which has specifically been shown to be helpful with ovarian tumors. Spinach is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids, and supports bone health as well.
Kale – Kale is full of vitamins A, C and K. It is also rich in carotenoids and flavanoids – two important cancer fighting substances. Kale provides more iron (a hemoglobin builder) than many kinds of red meat.
Beet Greens – A valuable source of iron, magnesium, zinc, and calcium, which all support healthy detoxification and better elimination, beets are great for supporting the liver and gallbladder to boost energy levels and make way for a gentle detox. Here are 6 beets health benefits.
Dandelion Greens – Adding dandelion greens to your smoothie will ensure you get 535% of the daily recommended allowance of vitamin K as well as vitamins A, C, calcium, iron, fiber, and potassium. They are also a mild diuretic and can decease inflammation in the body.
Radishes – These little vegetables can help with everything from preventing certain types of cancer to supporting the liver and gallbladder.
Cucumbers – Providing numerous vitamins, like C, A, B1, B6, C & D, folate, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, cucumbers are great for total body hydration, especially if you are drinking dehydrating alcohol. They are also good for relieving a hangover, preventing bad breath, and promoting weight loss.
Celery – Visiting the in-laws this holiday season? Celery is not only full of many vitamins, it is also a nervous system toner.
Young Coconut Water – Coconuts are almost a perfect food. Coconut water is often called the ‘universal donor’ since it is almost identical to human blood plasma. It is also full of electrolytes, and pure, unsatured ‘healthful fat.’ In India, the coconut palm has been recognized as a top immune booster, antifungal, antibiotic, antiviral, and antibacterial remedy for thousands of years.
Hemp Protein – According to the University of Michigan Health System, 15 to 20% of the fat in hemp seeds is alpha-linolenic acid, the precursor in your body to omega-3 fatty acids. Hemp protein powder is also a great source of essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, chlorophyll, and a complete, balanced gluten-free source of the essential amino acids.
Organic Wild Honey – Honey will not only sweeten your smoothie, it is also a wonderful natural antibiotic and contains a host of vitamins and minerals that support the immune system and boost overall health. Check out NaturalSociety’s post on the health benefits of honey to see how powerful this food can be.
Maca – Maca supplies energy to the cells (and you) while regulating the hormonal system. The root was grown by the Peruvian’s as a potent aphrodisiac and also to help detox the body.
With all these incredible nutrients in one drink, you just might be able to refuse that extra piece of pie.
||Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.