Supports detox pathways, floods the body with nutrients
I started drinking this smoothie regularly about 6 months ago. I was really working on enhancing my gut health and as part of that, I was implementing a few things to support my liver and overall detoxification pathways.
I have MTHFR, this post isn't going to go into any detail on that, but about 40% of the population has this gene variant or mutation and one of the challenges it presents is that the body doesn't detox as efficiently or effectively.
I did not use this smoothie as a meal replacement, but you could. It's loaded with a wide variety of plants and fiber for motility and feeding those good gut bugs, while also delivering a powerful pack of phytonutrients and antioxidants. It also includes healthy fats and protein.
The best part is it's easy to make and you can change it up a little depending on your taste.
My tip for making it a 1 min smoothie. Prep all the ingredients in advance minus the liquid into freezer bags. I like to use WRAPOK BAGS or STASHERS because I'm working on detoxing so I don't want my food absorbing chemicals from conventional freezer bags. For this same reason, organic produce is ideal for this recipe.
1 small cucumber
1 large carrot
1-2 celery stalks
1 big handful of greens (spinach, kale, or combo)
1 large handful of basil or cilantro (fresh organic leaves stems removed)
1 scoop of vegan protein powder (I use the one linked here)
*If you don't want to use protein powder you can use 1 TBSP each of chia seeds, hemp hearts and flax seeds
1/4 avocado peeled and seed removed or 2 Brazil nuts
1/4 cup coconut water or coconut milk (unsweetened)
1 cup of filtered water
1 cup of filtered ice
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Blend all ingredients together until smooth and enjoy. I started out drinking this every day for 30 days while I was working on enhancing my healing and health. Six months later, I still enjoy this 3-4 days a week, usually post workout, but sometimes pre-workout depending on where my workout fits into my day. You can drink this anytime of day, but I find for healing works it's best to have it in the morning.