basil pineapple ginger smoothie

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I was kind of a late comer to the whole smoothie movement. I found them intimidating. I know, I know, what's there to be intimidated about? You take a bunch of ingredients and put them in a blender and go. But I found the myriad smoothie options bewildering. So many different possibilities. What if I get it wrong? And I don't even own a decent blender. Those were my feelings towards smoothies before January 1st, 2013. 

I was nearly 4 months pregnant. The night before, I'd spend New Year's Eve in the bedroom binge watching Netflix. My husband mid making the newly purchased house livable was busy tearing sheet after sheet of wallpaper off the living room wall. It felt like living in a bit of a war zone and the safest place was as far away from the chaos taking place downstairs. 

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After spending a good 14 weeks of my pregnancy consuming cereal, mozzarella cheese and marshmallow fluff as the only sustainable fuel I could stomach, I felt a returning to myself. I was craving vegetables, fruit. I wanted all of it. Bring on the greens!

While I find new years resolutions to be absurd and most of the time a big fat lie people tell themselves for a temporary respite from their usual behavior, here I was making one. I decided on January 1st, I'd get up and get myself a good blender and would eat more fruits and vegetables in the form of smoothies. I came home with my shiny new machine and about $50 worth of produce. 

I played it safe with the first. Banana - check, spinach - check, blueberries - check, water + ice - check. Two weeks later and I was blending expert. No holds barred. 

As the months wore on and my enthusiasm diminished, I scaled down on the ingredient list I had initially worked up to. Several types of greens, multiple fruit and nuts - it was overkill. So I stuck to some basic recipes I actually enjoyed making with only a few ingredients. I wanted the benefit, liked the taste but didn't want to go broke in the process. 

So here is a recipe that dates back to my smoothie obsession. For it, I use basil, pineapple, ginger, frozen banana, cashew milk, collagen and coconut oil. It's invigorating and fresh and a fantastic way to get your vitamins and fiber.

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basil pineapple ginger smoothie

  • prep time: 5 minutes

  • blending time: 1 minutes

  • makes: 1 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pineapple

  • handful of fresh basil

  • 1 frozen banana

  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

  • 1.5 cup cashew milk

  • 1 tbsp collagen (omit if vegan)

Equipment

  • blender

Directions

Blend all ingredients, pour and enjoy. 


This is a refreshing and super speedy basil smoothie you can whip up anytime you want a burst of energy. It's paleo, whole 30 approved with a vegan option. #greensmoothie, #vegan, #whole30, #paleo #calmeats #smoothie #realfood #greendrink #collagen #basismoothie

super green parsley and cilantro smoothie

cilantro, cucumber, parsley, ginger, lemon and celery
ginger root, cucumber, cilantro and parsley
cilantro, cucumber, parsley, ginger, lemon and celery smoothie

Those of us who hear the word smoothie, generally think of bright colorful fruit and some sort of yogurt, milk, or maybe water. For some courageous types, maybe a little spinach may make it green. This smoothie is a bit different. It provides a jolt of energy that not even coffee can match. I find it's an amazing pick me up any time of the day. No caffeine of any kind, just all of nature's goodness. 

Parsley has been making its way into the main stream as being more than just plate decor. It has an incredible nutrient profile and I'm using it as a base for my smoothie along with cilantro.

Furthermore, it is one of the highest antioxidant plants, delivering an impressive amount of vitamin K, C and A. Several tablespoons of parsley can deliver over 500% of daily value of vitamin K, over 60% of vitamin C and close to 50% of vitamin A. It also delivers folate, iron and many other minerals and micro nutrients. Parsley has been widely used in traditional medicine for help with :

  • GI issues

  • Diabetes

  • Hypertension

  • Cardiac disease

  • Ear infections and many others.

"Parsley is useful as a digestive aid with its high fiber content. This helps move foods through the digestive tract and controls blood-cholesterol levels, but has a diuretic effect as well. A tea made from parsley is a traditional remedy for colic, indigestion, and intestinal gas. As an herb sprinkled in food, it actually helps purify the blood and fight cancer. Eating parsley is now thought to be a way to detoxify the system of harmful compounds like mercury, sometimes found in dental fillings."

In addition to parsley, the other ingredients in this smoothie all have similar health benefits, with cilantro having an equally impressive array of nutrients and benefits. Just like parsley, cilantro is an antioxidant herb, high in vitamins and minerals

Benefits of cilantro:

  • it acts as a natural detoxifier

  • supports digestion

  • promotes healthy sleep

  • reduces anxiety

  • has been shown to fight Alzhemier's

Ginger and Turmeric also have wonderful health benefits. Ginger has been shown to help with upset stomach and nausea while turmeric is great for bloating and gas. Together they are really powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory and in some studies have shown to have cancer fighting properties.

cilantro, cucumber, parsley, ginger, lemon and celery smoothie

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super green parsley and cilantro smoothie

  • prep time: 5 mins

  • makes: 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 handful of organic parsley

  • 1 handful of organic cilantro

  • 1/3 of organic English cucumber or 1 regular size cucumber

  • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger minced (I use a lemon zester to make it fine)

  • 1/4 tsp fresh turmeric (or 1/4 tsp dry)

  • 2 organic celery stalks

  • juice from 1/2 lemon

  • 2 cups water

  • optional: if you want some sweetness, add one chopped pear skin on


Equipment:

  • blender


Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender and enjoy right away.


You can drink your way to glowing skin and a healthy digestive system with this super green cilantro, parsley, ginger, cucumber, lemon and celery smoothie. It will make you feel good from the inside out. #vegansmoothie #vegan, #whole30smoothie #paleosmoothie #healthyskin #glowingskin #greensmoothie #nosugar #lowcarb #lowsugar #greendrinks #calmeats #smoothie #parsley #cilantro #cucumber #lemon #ginger #celery