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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.
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! 🙂
- 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
- Put all the ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until completely smooth.
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?
The recipe clearly states to use coconut water
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.
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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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!
KaCa, I think this post will answer all your questions: https://autoimmune-paleo.com/whats-in-whats-out-on-aip-answers-to-tricky-foods/
Hi KaCa! Great question. Seeds that don’t need to be chewed (thus, swallowed whole) are fine on AIP. You don’t need to remove seeds from cucumbers or zucchini, but you do for those larger hard winter squash. Hope it helps!
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!
Finally a green smoothie that I can drink!!! 🙂 I didn’t have coconut water so I made it with coconut milk and was still delicious! 🙂
This tasted fine, but the consistency was awful. The water gathered on the bottom of my glass and the rest was an uninviting mush on top that plopped onto my upper lip every time I sipped. I added ice and it was better, but I’m thinking two cups coconut water was perhaps t
Hi Tina, what kind of blender did you use? It sounds like it wasn’t the recipe, but the way your machine handled it. Sorry to hear it didn’t work out!
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This was really, really good! I added a half of an avocado for healthy fats, and substituted normal water for the coconut water since I didn’t have that. I also threw in a bit of mint because it would have otherwise gone to the compost. I’ll definitely be making it again. I enjoyed the slight spiciness of the ginger mixed with mint. There’s obviously tons of fiber in this smoothie, which is evident in the texture, but that is a bonus!
This smoothie is so good! A great one to start the day!