There are a few of my sweetest of sweet beet green wishes as you prepare for tomorrow. Yes- they are from last year- but let that slide. It's been busy around these parts. Either way, I can't wait to get on this! Though it can be tough to wrap your head around drinking green drinks for the next three days, the lightness you will feel as the crappola flushes out is a nice little perk to the process. Though not always easy at the time, stick with it and the results will surely inspire.
If this is your second or maybe even third time around with this cleanse, might I remind you of my little Green Smoothie Cleanse formula so you can start mixing and matching, making up your own sweet concoctions. I encourage you to post your creations or fave green smoothies, down below in the comments section or up on twitter tagging them #greensmoothie.
Making The Smoothie
I, of course couldn’t get by in my smoothie ladden world without my almighty Vita-Mix. This, however is not necessary if you follow these smoothie making tips. First blend 1 cup of water with some celery, watermelon, cucumber or other high water content food. Then add remaining ingredients in small increments so as not to overwhelm your blender. This helps blend more smoothly. Add water as needed to reach desired consistency. Blend for longer than you think is necessary and then blend a little more.
The Green Smoothie Formula
I take the suggested amount from each category below and get creative. And of course use a little of your sweet flavour combining intuition when it comes to green smoothies. A little cabbage is good, a lot is disgusting. Cayenne and watermelon? I’ve never tried it but I imagine it’s an acquired taste. Be sensible and if it is awful what’s the worst thing that happens? Your garden gets some sweet goodness or you force it on your friends or partner telling them to drink up and that it’s good for them. And refer to this list if you are limited in what you buy organic.
Green Veggies: Choose 2 1/2 –3 cups
Kale, Collards, Beet Greens, Dandelion Greens, Parsley, Mint, Fennel, Avocado, Cucumber, Zucchini, Spinach, Romaine Lettuce, Green Cabbage, Turnip Greens, Celery, Sprouts (Pea Shoot and/or Sunflower sprouts recommended)
Fruits and Sweet Veggies: 1 fruit/sweet veg or about 1-1/2 – 2 cups
Apples, Bananas, Pear, Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Pineapple, Papaya, Mango, Pomegranate, Cranberries, Kiwifruit, Figs, Watermelon, Lemon, Carrots, Sweet Potato, Beets
Optional Superfood Additions: 1 tsp – 1 Tbs of 3-4 of these
Raw Cacao, Flax Oil, Hempseed Oil, Walnut Oil, Almonds, Goji Berries, Dates, Coconut Oil, Bee Pollen, Coconut (fresh or dry), Hempseeds, Chia Seeds, Spirulina, Ginger, Cayenne, Stevia, Sesame Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Nut/Seed Butters are good options if you have a weaker blender
Additional Optional Liquids
• Ice (if you like it cold)
• Vegetable Juice (100% veggie)
• Coconut Water (not to be confused with coconut milk)
• Nut or Seed Milk
• Herbal tea (such as peppermint or ginger tea)