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Detoxing Green Smoothie

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I am not a nutritionist but I have read and heard a few times that spinach, blueberries, cranberries and other berries and vegetables are full of detoxing ingredients and antioxidants – therefore I am choosing to call this drink a Detoxing Green Smoothie. There’s spinach in the drink – so it’s green : ). There is no set recipe really for a smoothie or a juice, so this “recipe” is just a suggestion or inspiration.

Detoxing Green Smoothie

Detoxing Green Smoothie

Detoxing Green Smoothie

What do you need to get this beautiful drink?

  • A handful of raw Spinach
  • A handful of Blueberries (I used frozen)
  • Juice of half a Lime
  • 1/2 cup Cranberry/Pomegranate Juice
  • 1/2 cup Water

Put ingredients in blender/Nutribullet and blend : )

This is a very refreshing drink, not too sweet, not too tart. A nice blend of sweetness from the blueberries and tartness from the Cranberry/Pomegranate and Lime. Enjoy!

Annika

 

 

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Blueberry Spinach Smoothie with Grapes – The Purple Heart

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This purple drink is on of my favorite smoothies. It’s nice to add bananas or yogurt or almond milk for a creamier drink, but sometimes I just want a more juicy smoothie. Like this one:

Blueberry Spinach Smoothie with Grapes – The Purple Heart

Blueberry, Grape, & Spinach Smoothie - The Purple Heart

Blueberry, Grape, & Spinach Smoothie – The Purple Heart

The name of the drink is pretty obvious – it’s as purple as can be and of course really good for your heart. You’ve perhaps heard of wine being good for your heart (in moderation..) – and here we have some wonderful grapes : ) . From what I have read – when blending or extracting the grapes you get even more benefits because of the seeds. When you extract/blend/crush the seeds you can absorb a lot of the nutrients you would otherwise miss.

If you want to read more in depth about the benefits of grapes, blueberries and spinach – I found some useful information on this site: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/271156.php

This is what you need for this purple health drink.

  • a handful of fresh Spinach
  • 1/2 cup of Blueberries
  • big handful of Grapes (fill up to Max line if you have a Nutribullet)
  • add Water to cover ingredients

What to do

Blend/Extract/Puree, Juice! Drink and be merry!

Happy Free Radical Fighting Monday!

Annika

 

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Prebiotic & Probiotic Mango, Banana, Pineapple, & Greek Yogurt Smoothie

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We could call this drink Tummy Soother perhaps. That is – if you are able to have dairy products! Mango has great prebiotic fiber and lots of other wonderful qualities, and of course yogurt has those great live active probiotic cultures that are so good for your digestive system.

The banana and pineapple add to the healthiness of the drink – but of course also to the deliciousness and creaminess : ). So – let’s get to it:

Prebiotic & Probiotic Mango, Banana, Pineapple, & Greek Yogurt Smoothie

Mango, Banana, Pineapple, & Greek Yogurt Smoothie

Mango, Banana, Pineapple, & Greek Yogurt Smoothie

(Please enjoy while reading your favorite magazines… if you like)

What you need:

  • 1/2  Mango (or 1/2 cup frozen)
  • 1 small Banana
  • 1/2 cup Pineapple
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt (or other Plain Yogurt)
  • About 1/4 – 1/2 cup of water

Blend/Extract/Puree until smooth. Enjoy this pale yellow mellow drink. Your tummy AND your taste buds will thank you!

Tummy Soother - Mango, Banana, Pineapple, & Greek Yogurt

Tummy Soother – Mango, Banana, Pineapple, & Greek Yogurt

I absolutely do not think you need to add any sweetener of any kind to this – the fruit IS the sugar. But again – that is up to you : )

Let me know your thoughts and favorite flavors or versions!

Annika 

 

 

 

 

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Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory, and Heart Healthy Smoothie

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Raspberry, Blueberry, Pineapple, Spring Greens, Oats and Ground Flax Seeds Smoothie

Raspberry, Blueberry, Pineapple, Oat, and Ground Flax Seed

Raspberry, Blueberry, Pineapple, Oat, and Ground Flax Seed

What a great way to start your day! Antioxidant raspberries, Vitamin C and K from the blueberries, manganese (which helps supply energy) from the pineapple, fiber from the spring greens and oats, and finally Omega-3 fatty acids from the Ground Flax seeds. Wow – that’s a mouthful!!

What you need:

  • About 1 cup of Spring Greens
  • 1/4 cup of Raspberries
  • 1/2 cup of Blueberries
  • 1/4 cup of Pineapple Chunks
  • 1/4 cup of Oats
  • 2 tbsp. Ground Flax Seeds
  • Water to cover ingredients (or Almond Milk, Regular Milk – whatever you prefer)

Extract or blend until smooth! Drink up!

Enjoy,

Annika

 

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Anti-inflammatory and Immunity Boosting Smoothie – Blueberry, Pineapple, Banana, and Spinach

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photo 2 (1)Here’s to your health! This is a wonderful health cocktail – with Vitamin C (from the banana, blueberry, and pineapple) to boost your immune system, and with bone building Vitamin K (from the spinach).  I am not a certified nutritionist myself – but it is my understanding that all these ingredients have anti-inflammatory benefits as well!

What you need (in case the picture wasn’t clear enough!):

  • About a handful of Fresh Spinach
  • 1/2 Banana
  • 1/2  cup Frozen Blueberries (or Fresh would of course work too)
  • 1/2 cup Frozen Pineapple Chunks
  • Water to cover (if using the Nutribullet don’t go over the Max line)
  • (1-2 tbsp. of ground flaxseeds)

Extract/Blend until smooth! Drink and enjoy!

Don’t worry about the spinach – you will not even be able to taste it. Be brave and try : )

Thanks,

Annika

 

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