Ever so often we go through a period of over-abundance in our diet, probably because of a vacation or holiday weekend or some other special occasion, and in these times, we wear out our liver and intestines with food and alcohol that is detrimental to our health and our bodies. After I go through one of these periods in my life, I always do what I call a detox day, to try and flush excess toxins from my body and get ready for my usual healthy eating and lifestyle. It really is best to do a minimum of three days to give ourselves a chance to heal and detoxify, but for those of you new to green smoothies, I challenge you to just one day. Here are a few benefits to be gained from detoxifying your body with a few green smoothies:
Got a quick #greensmoothie for you today! Grab a bottle of no sugar added orange juice by @trujuice, throw in kale, spinach, flaxseed and pineapple or other fresh fruit and blend! Quick, easy filling and nutritious. Happy Monday! Full video on my Facebook page and blogpost coming on why these ingredients are perrrrrfect for your morning boost.
Rest and repair the gut. Toxic foods (including saturated fats, refined carbs, foods with additives, pesticides and allergenic foods), taking medications (such as antibiotics or antacids), and even stress can impair the intestine’s function. There can easily be an imbalance in the gut as well as actual breaks in the intestinal barrier allowing substances into our bodies that should not get a free pass. Consuming a phytonutrient-dense rainbow plant-based juice diet allows food to be assimilated quickly through the intestine — consuming less energy, while the toxin-free, nutrient-dense food helps to repair the gut itself.
Rest the liver. The liver is our main detoxifying organ. Every molecule of food that is absorbed through the intestinal wall (fiber is not absorbed) moves into the liver for detoxification and preparation before being allowed to enter the rest of the body. Problem is, there are too many toxins for most of our livers to handle — with many passing unchecked into the general circulation to wreak havoc in distant cells. An organic juice cleanse rests the liver’s overload.
Reduce your appetite. Juicing doesn’t really shrink the stomach — although it feels like it does. Juicing eliminates the habit of comfort eating, and makes you feel satiated with less food than usual. This provides a big psychological boost to help get over the hurdle of changing habits.
Floods our body with super nutrition. Being on an all-produce diet gives us not only the vitamins and minerals but the all-important phytonutrients that are powerhouses for the clean-up and healing process. Juices are by nature raw foods — and retain nutrients that would be destroyed by cooking, including some B vitamins and especially (digestive and anti-inflammatory) enzymes.
These are just a few of the benefits cited by Dr. Woodson Merrell in his article here and I can attest to many of these benefits having been a green smoothie veteran myself. It’s how I’ve managed to lose 30lbs and how I intend to lose another 20! Along with healthy eating and exercise of course. I know I’ve given you enough reasons to reset your path to health and now you’re wondering what to throw in your blender to make your first green smoothie that doesn’t taste like cow food. Fear not, I’m about to share with you my all-time favourite green smoothie recipe, as published in my dear friends book “Jamaican Green Smoothies” by Didan Ashanta. (You should really get that book, she breaks down the science of green smoothies and why they work in an easy-to-read format and gives a ton of recipes)
IrieDiva’s Power Starter Green Smoothie
I call this the Power Starter Smoothie because it tastes real good, a benefit for those that are new to the green smoothie game, while being seriously nutritious for your body. Here are the ingredients:
1 cup Calaloo
1 cup Romaine Lettuce
1 cup TruJuice No Sugar Added Orange Juice
1 frozen banana
2 TBSP Flaxseeds
Throw everything in your blender and enjoy! By keeping the ingredients simple and local, you’re getting bang for your buck in the nutrition, taste and budget departments! Calaloo and romaine provides you with the minerals, vitamins, iron and phytonutrients necessary to detoxify your body and repair the damage you’ve just done with all that pasta and alcohol. The vitamin C in the orange juice is essential in assisting your body to absorb the iron in a way that it is able to utilize it at its fullest potential and the banana will give you that energy you need to get through your day while providing its own set of nutrients. I like to use Trujuice juices as the base for my smoothies because it’s locally made, all-natural and has no added sugar. It’s like you juiced all those oranges yourself! Can’t get better than that cause ain’t nobody got time to juice no oranges. The fiber in the flaxseeds help to keep you regular and flush your system of waste. You can add a handful of blueberries to this mixture to add vital anti-oxidants to this recipe. It will also make it a little sweeter and maybe change the colour from green to a pretty purple if you’re a scaredy cat.
Liked this recipe? Join me on Instagram where you see above I’ve shared a variation to this recipe using spinach and kale! The full video is on my Facebook page. I’ll also be sharing my favourite Pina Colada Green Smoothie recipe using TruJuice No Sugar Added Pineapple Juice and coconut jelly! Comment below telling me what you’ve been up to this summer or Heroes Weekend as the reason why you really need to detox and you may win a gallon of TruJuice No Sugar Added Juice to kick start your detox day!