So now that you; or your friends’ ;), aversion to drinking green things has been settled, there’s nothing stopping you from getting one of these babies in your cute, little hands!
What I love most about smoothies is their nutrient potential. You can pack them full of whatever your heart desires. Since it seems that everyone and their dog is coming down with a flu bug these days, I chose to make today’s recipe particularly good for strengthening immunity with cost-effective superfoods. Blueberries, cranberries, a bit of kale and homemade apple juice will give you 170% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C in one little glass and not break the bank. Not bad, not bad at all!
And last, but certainly not least, is something I like to do with all of my smoothies… add some fiber up in there. Just a tablespoon will do the trick. You see, if you add fiber to your smoothie, it’ll ‘latch’ onto the sugars and help to ease spikes to your blood sugar level as you’re drinking the good stuff. No spikes, no crashes, less cravings, happy days.
Chia, hemp and flax are great fiber boosting options. Each have their benefits so take a look at these stats and choose the one that best fits you. I’m a chia girl through and through, but it’s a preference thing.
Okay, let’s drink green purple smoothies!
- 2 tablespoons homemade cranberry sauce
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, flax seeds or hemp seeds
- ½ cup homemade apple juice
- ½ fresh or frozen banana
- ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- ½ cup tightly packed kale leaves
- Place all ingredients in your blender in the order listed, then blend for 30 seconds or until smooth.
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Author bio: Leanne Vogel is a holistic nutritionist on a pursuit of self-discovery through allergen-free recipes, travel, yoga and inward reflection. During a recent trip to India, Leanne was inspired to embrace her true self and begin to live authentically. After returning home, she left her highly successful corporate job of 7 years and moved across Canada in pursuit of the life she’d always dreamed of. You can find her living out her journey as she documents her latest adventures on her blog, www.healthfulpursuit.com.
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