Food is Fuel. Eat to Thrive. – Unkown

Food is not only fuel it’s also information for your body to function properly. We have the power to transform our biology with every bite we eat. The right kind of food upgrades your systems in many ways and may unleash your body’s innate healing capacities.

Green smoothies have been trending over the past couple of years for a reason. They are the good kind of information for your body! Although I tend to vary the colors throughout the week these days, greens are still my favorites ones for breakfast.  This is one of my go-to-recipes. Remember to choose organic ingredients whenever possible. You don’t want to burden yourself with unnecessary toxins.

Ingredients:

1 cup spinach or torn kale leaves
1 cup torn romaine leaves
½ cup chopped cucumber
½ cup chopped celery
1 small pear or green apple, cored and chopped
1 banana, chopped (preferably frozen, optional)
1 cup water or raw coconut water
1 – 4 tbsp. of fresh mint
1 tbsp. of fresh parsley or cilantro
½ to 1 whole lemon, juiced
½ tbsp chia seeds
¼-inch slice ginger root, peeled
1 tbsp. vegan protein powder (optional)
Pinch of cayenne, optional
Pinch of cinnamon, optional
Pinch of turmeric, optional

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until completely smooth. Sweeten with liquid stevia to taste.

Know your ingredients:

Leafy greens like spinach or kale are both great sources of amino acids, lutein, calcium, beta carotene, vitamin K, iron, manganese, magnesium, zinc, folate, and selenium. They support your immune system and metabolism, may help prevent cancer, and improve eye health. The high fiber content is great for cleansing your colon and for detoxification.

Romaine contains vitamin C and beta carotene. These two nutrients work together in the body to prevent plaque from forming on artery walls. Romaine is also a good source of potassium, folate, and vitamin K. Romaine may help regulate blood pressure.

Cucumber is super hydrating. It is full of B vitamins, silica, and electrolytes. The vitamin C, caffeic acid, and electrolytes in cucumbers makes them great at fighting puffiness and bloating in the body. They work as an anti-inflammatory team.

Celery  is a very alkaline food. It is full of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. What’s in celery? B1, B2, B6, C vitamins, folate, iron, and amino acids to name a few of the powerhouse nutrients that can be found in celery. Vegetable consumption in general may help lower high blood pressure and reduce puffiness. Celery is also a powerful detoxifier and colon cleanser (due to its high fiber content).

Bananas are super nutritious. They are high in folate, vitamin B6 and magnesium, which helps promote better sleep. Bananas are also a good source of fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and manganese. They may promote good digestion, prevent constipation, and contribute to healthy blood pressure.

Lemons are alkaline and high in vitamin C. They are a powerful detoxifying agent and support liver function.

Chia Seeds swell 10 to 15 times their original size when placed in liquid, which makes them great for detox and weight-loss. They may also help stabilize blood sugar levels and provide you with longer lasting energy. Chia seeds are an excellent source of protein, calcium, anti-oxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Parsley is a powerful detoxifier, aids digestion, removes toxins from the body, acts as a diuretic by flushing out the kidneys, and purifies the blood. It contains vitamin A, C, and E, folate, iron, and anti-oxidants.

Cinnamon may help lower blood sugar, have anti-oxidant effects, fight bacteria, and reduce inflammation.

Ginger may improve nutrient absorption, is anti-inflammatory, and strengthens the immune system.

Cayenne Pepper is an incredibly potent spice. It has anti-cold/flu properties, aids in digestion, has anti-fungal properties, helps discourage formation of blood clots, supports weight-loss (metabolism boosting), promotes heart health, and may also aid in joint-pain relief.

Convinced? Try this yummy smoothie for breakfast. It’s easy to make and will give you energy for the entire morning. Enjoy!

In vibrant health,
Gaby
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