For those of you who know me well, smoothies are my jam. I love the chemistry involved to get just the right balance of flavors, and this is especially true when incorporating the daunting green fruits and veggies.
Here is a wonderful concoction I created last month when I spotted kiwis in the grocery store. Not only did I ravage through a few juicy ones with a spoon, but I wanted to highlight them in my morning beverage.
This is what I called my December Detox smoothie, although now it is arriving on your doorstep in January. These fabulous ingredients add a great health--and energy--boost to get you through any day. Here are just a few of their benefits:
- A kiwi packs more vitamin C than an orange (excellent during cold and flu season), plus has lots of fiber.
- Spinach is rich in antioxidants, iron, and has almost twice as much potassium per serving as a banana (the last of these helps keep your heart, muscles and nerves working effectively).
- Cashews have heart-healthy fats similar to olive oil, and reduce cholesterol.
- The high fiber in green apples improve your satiety, as well as regulate your blood sugar and help keep your teeth clean.
- Avocados--my superfood of choice year-round--have numerous health benefits. But in this case, they help you absorb all of the other plant-based items in this smoothie (and your diet).
- By adding hemp seeds, you add a complete protein (one containing all nine essential amino acids) to this meal.
- Jalapenos are high in Vit C and A, the latter of these supports skin and eye health.
- 1 large handful of spinach
- 1/2 green apple (washed and skin still on)
- 1 kiwi (insides and juices)
- 1/4 avocado
- 1/4 cup cashews
- 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 3 small pieces jalapeno (seeds removed)
- 1 cup almond milk or coconut milk (plain varieties)
Place all ingredients in your blender. I recommend starting with only 1 or 2 small pieces of jalapeno, as you can always add more later. If you want to make your smoothie colder, add a few ice cubes after your first round of blending, and perhaps a bit of filtered water to keep the consistency light and enjoyable. Then sit back, and enjoy how the layer of flavors in this smoothie hit your palate. Cheers!