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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.