Green smoothies have been in the spotlight for a little while now, but that doesn’t mean their magic has faded. In fact, one of the best things you can do in the morning other than drink some water upon waking is blend yourself up some green goodness to either enjoy at home or take with you on your day.
Though smoothies don’t have to be cold and can be made from ingredients at room temperature, they do tend to taste more indulgent and refreshing when cold. For this reason, green smoothies can be the perfect breakfast or mid-meal snack in the spring and summertime. Though the Seattle sun’s been shy so far, temperatures are slowly rising and the body starts to crave more raw, fresh ingredients.
Blended Foods for Detoxification
Integrating more liquids or blended foods like smoothies into the diet relieves the digestive system and allows for the body to amp up other functions like mental clarity and improved healing of anything from surface bumps and scrapes to chronic inflammation. Not only are blended foods easier to digest, they also increase the amount of vitamins and minerals the body can absorb. The cells of the fruits and veggies are ruptured through blending, making nutrients more accessible to digestive system. Greens such as collards and kale are naturally high in cellulose, which can make them difficult to digest when consumed raw.
Why include blue-green algae in your smoothie?
Whether you decide to supplement regularly or toss some of these goods into your detox smoothie just for this week, spirulina and chlorella will benefit your entire system. Both algaes are excellent for drawing heavy metals from the body that naturally accumulate over the course of our lives. Chlorella also packs a punch of protein and is a fantastic source of Vitamins A, B2, B3, and the minerals iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc.
– 1 frozen banana (pre-peeled and cut, then frozen)
– 1 fresh banana (spotty is good!)
– 1 large packed cup organic baby spinach
– 1 tbsp flax seeds
– 1 tsp Hawaiian spirulina
– 1 cup almond milk (or other alternative milk)
– optional: filtered water to blend
– Toss all ingredients into a blender and make some magic. Don’t forget to chew 😉
Recipe & Words By: Evelina Miropolsky
Photos By: Naomi Huober