Besides all of the gorgeous blooming trees along the city streets, the first thing I think of when it’s Spring is cleansing–out with the old, in with the new. We can do this a number of different ways–releasing old habits or thought patterns, a closet makeover, or cleansing our bodies. What is something you would like let go of now?
Here’s a recipe for cleansing from the inside-out. It only takes a few minutes and it packs a serious punch. First, why this green smoothie is so special. Usually, when we think of smoothies, fruit and protein powder come to mind. For a clean sweep, upgrade it now with nutrient-dense ingredients chock-full of anti-aging, energizing and cleansing properties and get ready to shed the extra winter pounds.
Loaded with antioxidants (we all know this means glowing skin), this smoothie also comes with special detoxifying agents called glucosinalotes, which activate enzymes in the liver and neutralize toxins in our bodies. Chlorophyll, found in kale and all dark leafy greens, is a powerful blood purifier, while the high dose of calcium is also able to fully absorb because it’s binding with vitamin C. Added bonus: leafy greens also balance an acidic condition (too much sugar or alcohol last weekend?) by alkalizing our blood creating a healthy pH level (and preventing skin conditions, digestive issues, and many degenerative illnesses).
Recipe: Super-Green Spring Smoothie
4-7 kale leaves
1 cup frozen organic blueberries
1/2 cup organic apple juice
Juice of half a lemon
Dash of cayenne pepper
Filtered water (amount based on your preference for smoothie consistency)
Tip: Blend the blueberries last to prevent the kale from frothing. Start on slower speeds and move up.