Green Detox Smoothie

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With the holidays over, it’s time to restrain any indulging we allowed ourselves and get back on track with our healing. Are you ready?

This vibrant smoothie will see you off to a great start. Apple, kiwi and kale on their own are worth their weight in Vitamin C gold but together they are dynamo. Make sure to choose a Granny Smith though. Some varieties have extremely high levels of sugar and few antioxidants but not so with the Granny — it contains more phytonutrients than any other, with 50% of them in the skin. However, 90% of pesticides also reside there so, whilst important not to peel, it is imperative to buy organic.

Kale also provides impressive levels of both Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin A, and there’s no need to lament the passing of milk from your diet — kale contains far more calcium. If you’re concerned about eating it raw, take a read of Mickey’s post and then get out your blender.

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Parsley, twice as much iron as spinach by the way, is practically off the scale in Vitamin K which strengthens bones and limits neuronal damage in the brain. On which subject, cucumber plays an important role in guarding against brain disease, including Alzheimer’s, so you get a double whammy in this glass. ‘Cool as a cucumber’ has good meaning — it cools inflammation in the body, as well as serving as nature’s breath freshener. Ginger we all know to be a pain reliever, settler of nausea and abdominal discomfort.

And lastly, coconut water. Heavy in natural vitamins, minerals and trace elements, not to mention a rich source of potassium, magnesium and electrolytes, all super good for akalizing the body.

So cheers everyone and here’s to happy healing!  🙂

 

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Green Detox Smoothie
 
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Serves: 2 large or 4 small glasses
Ingredients
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and roughly chopped, peel left on
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and roughly sliced
  • 1 large green kale leaf, stalk removed (save it for something else), leaf roughly chopped
  • ¼ packed cup curly parsley, stalks included
  • 2½-inch piece cucumber, thickly sliced, peel left on
  • ¾-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups coconut water
Instructions
  1. Put all the ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until completely smooth.

 

About Kate Jay

Kate Jay is the blogger behind Healing Family Eats, since June 2014. Diagnosed years ago as hypothyroid, she and her family were already following the GAPS diet for digestive issues when Kate noticed swelling consistent with RA (something her grandmother had severely). She set up her AIP food blog (incorporating GAPS) as motivation for making the restricted diet as exciting as possible for her children, who felt they missed out on the junk their friends took to school. Originally a classically trained chef, who freelanced with popular food magazines and event organisers in the UK, she now focuses on creating simple, nutritionally dense and balanced family meals, without compromising on flavour. Find her also on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

13 comments

  • Sharon says

    I’m thinking this detox smoothie would benefit from an added fat to help the body absorb the wonderful fat-soluble vitamins A & K. Maybe use 1/2 coconut milk, 1/2 coconut water or toss in 1/2 an avocado. Is there a reason the recipe does not include a fat?

  • Victoria says

    My husband and I tried this with flat-leaf parsley and now we’re going to try it with curly parsley. It’s incredible how everything that you post works for me. Thank you for sharing this! I’m a big fan.

  • Rebecca Daniels says

    Thank you! I’ve been looking for a morning drink that did not contain a lot of sugar or require a juicer!

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  • KaCa says

    I love this smoothie and have it several times per week. But….I am now confused about cucumbers! I have read that on AIP, larger seeds (not kiwi, strawberry, etc.) are to be avoided. So do you remove the cucumber seeds before putting in the blender for this smoothie? Or does the blending smash the seeds to the point where they are not a problem?

    Also wondering if we have to remove the seeds from small zucchini (6 – 8 “) in order to be fully compliant. Not for smoothies – but just in general!

  • Toni says

    How long can you store this? And how often do you recommend doing it? Are you supposed to jut drink this all day as your meals, or is it in addition to? I just made it and it is amazing by the way! I was expecting something very different.

    Thanks in advance!

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