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Green Smoothie Detox Recipe

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The holiday season is over. We can exhale for a moment; we have made a pact with ourselves (New Year’s resolutions it is called), we are ready now to go on a new diet and exercise plan, join the gym, eat more fruits and vegetables, and even reduce our consumption of sugar… The reality,though, for most of us, is that those resolutions will last only till the next party, the next holiday, the next birthday (you catch my drift!). Otherwise, making those resolutions every year, we would have succeeded by now, the world would be a happier place with hardly any diseases caused by our eating habits. So what happens to those resolutions? our intent is so strong at the beginning of the year; The truth might be that we want to change too fast, or that our expectations are impossible to live up to.

The Solution:

I am a firm believer that a little change will go a long way, so I have chosen to give you a green smoothie for this new year as a resolution that you can easily keep. Something very simple, delicious, nutritive, and cleansing that does not require drastically altering your diet. Just begin your day with a smoothie and watch the results: astonishing!

  1. A good cleansing diet should begin with the colon, source of most health related problems. For proper elimination you need fiber. This is why I have chosen a smoothie over a juice.
  2. There are 2 kinds of fibers, soluble and insoluble.
    • Soluble fibers are found in fruit, chia seeds and flax seeds that improve bowel movement by increasing the amount of bulk in the intestines, slowing down the release of sugars and reducing the risk of diabetes.
    • Insoluble fibers are found in greens, nuts, beans and the husk of grains, acting as a sponge, grabbing the toxins and flashing them out of the body.
    • If we do not consume enough fibers, toxic waste accumulates in the body, especially the colon. The standard American diet does not provide enough fiber for proper elimination, inviting diseases. The non-fiber foods? meat, dairy, sugar, processed foods and white flour. Toxins also come from dust,heavy metals, pesticides, the dead cells of our bodies and of course from poorly digested foods.
  3. Green leafy vegetables are the main and best source of fibers; Their main constituent is cellulose, one of the strongest molecular structures on the planet. They have more valuable nutrients that any other food groups; for these nutrients to be absorbed properly, however, they need to be chewed to a creamy texture. Unfortunately our habits of cooked and processed foods have severely diminished our ability to chew properly and weakened our jaw muscles.
  4. A good blender will do; it is not necessary at first to purchase a super blender like the vitamix. A regular blender will do, and you might want to invest in a Nutri-Bullet, a smaller version of the Vitamix without the cost. But if you fall in love with those delicious drinks and want to share them with the rest of the family, you will want to invest in a Vitamix (the best investment you will ever have made)

Recipe

Consuming a smoothie is like taking a liquid meal, easy to digest. It will stay with you all morning, and take only a few minutes to make. It is important not to take it in place of all your meals, as you need to chew on some real food.

A 16oz glass everyday for a month or two at the beginning of every season should be sufficient for a cleanse, but if you get into the habit of doing it more often, so much the better!

Ingredients

Place the ingredients in the bowl of your blender and let it turn at full speed for 1 or 2 minutes, or till you get a creamy consistency.

  • 2 cups of water or almond milk
  • 1/2 cup seasonal fruits (if diabetic, use fruit like green apples, berries, grapefruit; use bananas sparingly because of their mucus forming starch)
  • 1 handful of spinach, lettuce, sprouts, chard, kale or any other leafy greens (you need to vary your greens everyday to get the proper diversity of nutrients, and you might want to use less kale at first because of their strong taste, or use sweeter fruit with them)
  • 1or 2 strands of parsley or cilantro (use the whole strand, as the stem contains more fiber)
  • 1 pinch of sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • 1 small slice of fresh ginger (1/4 tsp powder will work as well)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp raw virgin coconut oil (optional)
  • you can add spices of your choice like cinnamon, vanilla, cardamon etc…

CHEERS!

Didier Cuzange

Chef Didier Cuzange has over 30 years’ experience in the restaurant business, with a French culinary background and extensive cooking and teaching experience; his love for food is reflected in his creation of a wholesome, healthy cuisine that is also tantalizing to the palate and senses. His new ebooks, What's for Breakfast?,Where is the Calcium?, and Spring Cooking | Liver Cleansing are now on sale!

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