The morning is the perfect time to rejuvenate your body for the day with healing foods. My favorite breakfast is a green smoothie, as nothing gives me more energy and zest. I also know that I am giving my body nourishing high vibrational foods that will uplift and gently detox the body.
Green smoothies are one of the best ways to get fresh organic fruits and vegetables into your diet daily without working hard. My most recent green smoothie came out so much better than I expected, so I definitely wanted to share it with you. Although it contains more than a few ingredients, they all work in synergy for that naturally sweet taste. Each ingredient also has its own healing and nutritional benefits to the body.
Sweet Detox Green Smoothie Recipe
2 cups purified water
2 organic bananas
1 cup organic spinach
1/2 cup organic dandelion leaves
1/4 cup organic cilantro
1/2 cup organic blueberries
1 cup organic mango
2 tbsp organic pomegranate seeds
4 tbsp organic hemp seed powder
1 tsp mixed green supplement powder (Healthforce Superfoods Vitamineral Green is my favorite!) optional
Here are the health benefits of each ingredient…
Bananas contain serotonin which elevate your mood, tryptophan which can lift your spirits, and high amounts of potassium for energy and circulatory health. Bananas also contain protein, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins A, B, B6, C and E, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and folate.
Spinach is high in vitamin A, C and K, manganese, beta-carotene, and folate. It also contains dietary fiber, calcium, and protein. Spinach is high in antioxidants and improves brain function, cardiovascular health, and protects against aging.
Dandelion greens are considered a bitter green which has amazing detoxing and healing benefits for the body. Dandelion greens are loaded with calcium and rich in iron as well as antioxidants vitamin C and beta-carotene. These leafy greens help cleanse the liver which could always use support and gentle detoxification. Dandelion greens are vitamin and mineral rich containing vitamin B1, B2, B6, E, and K as well as copper, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium.
Cilantro detox heavy metals in the body such as mercury, arsenic, and lead while soothing chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation can later become debilitating illnesses such as arthritis, heart disease, fatigue, an autoimmune disorder, and irritable bowel syndrome. Cilantro is a natural antiseptic which helps heal wounds more quickly and contains dodecenal which is extremely powerful for fighting infection and harmful microbes from the body.
Blueberries are antioxidant rich with anthocyanin, vitamin A, B, C, and E, selenium, zinc, iron, and copper which combat free radicals that damage cellular structure and DNA and strengthen the immune system. Blueberries also boost the nervous system and brain while also lowering blood cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.
Mango alkalines the body with tartaric, malic, and citric acid. Mango also contains vitamin A and C, fiber, pectin, abundant enzymes, and antioxidant compounds such as quercetin, isoquesrcitrin astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid, and methylgallat.
Pomegranate seeds are loaded with antioxidants and act much like aspirin preventing blood platelets from sticking together and forming dangerous blood clots. Pomegranate seeds can also increase oxygen levels to the heart. They are also loaded with vitamin C and potassium and contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols.
Hemp seeds are an extremely rich and easily digestible protein with all the essential amino acids and fatty acids necessary for our highest health. Hemp seeds have been used to treat nutritional deficiency, and those suffering with immune disorders, while promoting overall heart health. Healthy fatty acids, amino acids, and protein also improve the texture and moisture in skin and provide strength and shine to hair.
This smoothie recipe makes about 40 oz of rich healing green goodness which I usually drink myself in the morning. It is a filling breakfast which has also been helpful on the go when relaxing mornings weren’t an option. I’ve also enjoyed green smoothies as a potent snack in the middle of the day or in the evening. Here is an article that I wrote about GMO foods which may encourage you to also eat organic.
True health and beauty begin from the inside out! Plus organic healing foods make you feel so good… so drink up!
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(Image by Dawn Michelle)