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Kale-It-Up Smoothie

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Kale is the new spinach, and as such you should make sure you’re eating some on a semi-regular basis. A smoothie makes a great vehicle for upping your kale intake, since the curly kind of kale can be a bit much to munch on.

What You Need

1 handful Kale
1/2 apple
1 cup Coconut Water

Instructions: If you use curly kale make sure you cut off the hard and stringy ribs that run down the middle of the leaf. Most blenders will have a tough time with these, and even if you use a professional grade blender it might still leave bits behind. We recommend baby kale, since you can just grab it and toss it in.

Kale: More Than a Trend

You’ve probably heard of kale by now and seen it in stores, as it’s benefited from its fare share of popularity. But this is one trend that you can join in and keep up because kale is the real deal.

imagesSlim Down Detox Smoothie

Homemade Green Tea and Peach SmoothieLosing weight and detoxing go hand-in-hand, and this smoothie will make sure that you’re getting

What You Need

to do both at once. The protein powder in this will help you develop lean muscle, and also help you make it through to lunch. The green tea provides antioxidants and a bit of caffeine to give you some energy when you’re running low.

What You Need

1 scoop Soy Protein Powder, vanilla flavor
1 cup Green Tea, brewed
1/2 Peach

Instructions: You can use frozen peaches here because they’re much easier to use and you don’t have to worry if they’re ripe or not. It’s best to let the green tea cool down completely before making your smoothie.

Detoxing and Weight Loss

You’ll likely lose some weight when you detox, and if you’re trying to lose weight it’s recommended to detox first in order to give yourself the best chance of success. Your body will be able to absorb nutrients from the foods you eat better, and you’ll be able to draw a distinction between your old ways and your new ways with a Before Detox and After Detox separation.

imagesGinger Spice Smoothie

Ginger root is great to keep around if you’re trying to detox, as we’ll see below. As far as flavor goes, ginger definitely wakes up the taste buds and provides a kick that can be quite refreshing. Combining it with cinnamon gives it additional anti-inflammatory benefits, and really kicks up the spiciness of this smoothie. Not hot spiciness like a pepper, but a spice that will be felt nonetheless.

What You Need

1 nub Ginger Root
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 handful Spinach
1 cup Purified Water

Instructions: The more you mince the ginger before adding it in, the less bits you’ll have to crunch on once it’s all blended up.

Benefits of Ginger

Ginger has a cleansing effect on the digestive system, helping to ease bloating and gas, and breaking up congestion throughout the body. It’s been used throughout the ages as a treatment for different disorders, and makes a great addition to your detoxing efforts.

imagesCocoa Bliss Smoothie

Detoxifying Green SmoothieYou can use chocolate as part of your detox routine, as long as it’s the right kind. This smoothie tastes like chocolate covered strawberries, sweet and chocolatey with digestive enzymes from the honey, no refined sugar, and antioxidants from the chocolate and strawberries.

What You Need

1 tbsp Dark Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup Coconut Milk
1/2 cup Strawberries
1 cup Ice (if during warmer months)

Instructions: Blend everything together until frothy and smooth.

Dark Cocoa Powder

Dark cocoa is going to contain antioxidants that regular cocoa doesn’t have. It’s also going to be sugar free if you go with a high quality option. The caffeine content will vary by manufacturer, but it is a small enough amount to only affect those very sensitive to caffeine.

imagesExtreme Detox Smoothie

This is basically a “kitchen sink” smoothie where you’re going to add in whatever you have on hand that is a detox food. Some of the best detox foods don’t really work well in a smoothie, but you can go with fruits and vegetables, because most of them will contain vitamins and minerals that will support a healthy lifestyle.

What You Need

1/2 Carrot, peeled
1/2 Pear
1/2 cup Broccoli florets (steamed)
1 cup Purified Water

Instructions: Chop everything up into manageable pieces and place into the blender. Puree until nice and smooth.

Detoxing Can Be Delicious

If the idea of detoxing leaves a bad taste in your mouth, it’s time to try one of these shakes to try to prove to yourself that it doesn’t have to taste bad. Taking matters into your own hands and making your own smoothies from scratch gives you quality control and allows you to only use ingredients you think are delicious. Don’t add an ingredient if you don’t like it just because of its detoxifying properties, because you won’t stick with it.

imagesOn Your Mark Smoothie

This is a morning smoothie that is sure to get you revved up and ready to face the day. It’s loaded with foods that will have a detoxifying effect on your body as well. It’s recommended to use this as a morning meal replacement for maximum detox benefits. It provides protein and carbs so you’ll have a balanced meal before heading out the door.

What You Need

1/2 cup Organic Orange Juice
1 tsp Turmeric
1 scoop Soy Protein Powder, vanilla flavor
1 cup Purified Water

Instructions: This is a smoothie that you can use a shaker bottle for if you don’t want to fire up the blender. The ones with the metal ball inside do a great job of breaking up the protein powder and intermixing all of the ingredients.

Make the Most of Your Morning

The morning is a great time to think about detoxing, because the body follows a natural cycle, and your liver and digestive system have been working while you sleep to filter out the good from the bad. By giving yourself a freshly prepared detox smoothie first thing in the morning you are helping that process along, rather than setting it back with a large or unhealthy breakfast.