One of the first changes my husband, Peyman, and I made when we switched over to a plant-based lifestyle was to replace our morning coffee with 16 ounces of alkalizing, glowing green smoothies. This smoothie has positively changed our lives.
Right away, we felt a difference. We felt more energized and light on our feet. Within 3 days of drinking the smoothies, we noticed that we looked more vibrant and glowing. After a month, we lost some weight and some of Peyman’s fine lines even went away. After a year, my eyes look brighter and I am in the best shape of my life. These smoothies are really life-changing, inside and out!
Since the base of these smoothies is a lot of dark, leafy greens (the most nutritionally dense of all foods) and some fruit, they are great for digestion. When our digestion is efficient, it allows energy to work on other areas of the body other than in the stomach digesting food all day. Instead, energy is used to help rebuild other parts of our bodies, for example, to rebuild skin, hair, and nails.
There are so many health benefits that we can reap from these smoothies. Just to name a few– beautiful skin, less puffiness around the eyes, calcium, iron from the dark leafy greens; parsley and cilantro pulls heavy metals out of fat cells; fiber and electrolytes from the celery; and, lemon is packed with vitamin C, which helps the body absorb the iron in the greens and helps support the liver, our main fat-burning organ
This green smoothie will keep you full and give you all the nutrients you need. This recipe is my adaptation of Kimberly Snyder’s glowing green smoothie that Peyman likes best. I hope you try it and love it as much as we do!
Time 10 minutes
V, GF, VGF, DF, SF, SRF, NF, CF, R
Ingredients (all organic).
2 cups of filtered water
1 handful of cilantro
1 head of romaine lettuce, base cut off
2-3 big handfuls of spinach or kale
4 stalks of celery
1 gala apple
1 ripe pear
1 ripe banana (spotted)
juice from 1/2 a lemon
1 tsp of turmeric, optional
1 tsp spirulina, optional
In a blender, add 2 cups of water, cilantro, romaine and spinach. Cover and blend from medium to high just until it is completely blended. Add more spinach and water if it looks too thick. Blend from medium to high speed. Add the celery, apple (seeds removed), pear (seeds removed), banana, turmeric, spirulina and lemon juice. Blend from medium to high speed until smooth. Enjoy!
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