Green Glow Smoothie

I make green smoothies regularly.  I’ve had a few people ask me for recipes I use.  Truth be told, most of time I don’t use one.  I just throw in a bunch of things that are good for me and make it taste good enough to drink but not overtly sweet.

I had a head cold earlier this week and successfully kicked it in 3 days using all natural methods!  Most colds last at least 10 days for me.  Even though I’m feeling better, I want to make sure to build my immunity so I made sure to make a green smoothie today that has some of the heavy hitters in it.

I’ve been trying to incorporate turmeric into my diet.  The health benefits are amazing.  This article shows how turmeric is as effective as 14 drugs! What’s important to know about turmeric is that it’s fat soluble.  That means that you must consume it with a fat in order to gain the health benefits.  I usually use a healthy fat like avocado for smoothies or coconut oil for tea.

I decided to make a smoothie recipe I found recently but put my own spin on it.

Ingredients:

1 apple sliced and core removed

1 blood orange (or regular)

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/4 inch fresh ginger

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Vega.)

1/4 avocado

1/2 lemon juiced

1/2 cup almond milk (can use water)

1-2 handfuls of power greens mix, kale, or spinach (I get mine at Costco or Trader Joes)

1 handful of ice

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients together.  (I use a Vitamix but any high powered blender will work.)

I adapted the recipe from this one where the author points out the following:

Apples for: sweetness and fiber
Oranges for: vitamin C, fiber and phytonutrients
Lemons for: detoxification, to balance pH levels and acidity, to cleanse + purify
Ginger for: digestion aid, nausea, anti inflammatory, immunity + to add spicy flavor
Turmeric for: soothing properties, pain relief, curcumin (anti inflammatory), detoxification, antioxidants + medicinal healing

I hope you enjoy this tasty yet super healthy green smoothie!  It may not be a traditional shamrock shake but your body will thank you for choosing this one.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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