Never gets old. I think it just gets better every time I make one of these smoothies with the Vitamix. The usual suspects of ingredients.
- Kale (1 cup)
- Red chard (1 cup)
- Broccoli (1/2 cup)
- Apple (1/2 – 3/4)
- Frozen blue berries (1/4 cup)
- Avocado (half of a small one)
- Raw almonds (6-8)
- Ground cinnamon (1 tsp)
- Pink Himalayan sea salt (a pinch)
- Heavy whipping cream (1 tbl)
- Coconut oil (1 tbl)
- Plain full fat Greek yogurt (1 tbl)
- Water (1 cup to start and add as needed)
- Coffee (1/4 cup previously brewed and cooled)
In a plastic zip lock bag I froze the red chard, the kale, sliced apple, broccoli, and the blueberries. Freezing a bunch of the ingredients has 2 benefits:
- Stays fresh frozen until ready for use. Thus avoiding wilting or rotting your awesome vegetables.
- Reduce (or eliminate) the amount of ice needed to make the shake. Therefore packing in more nutrients per smoothie.
- 1-2 Kale leaves raw
- 1 Red chard
- 2 broccoli florets
- 1 celery stalks raw
- 1 carrot stick raw
- 1 Fuji apple
- 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 4 raw almonds
- 2 raw brazil nuts
- 1 tsp powdered spirulina
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1/2 cup crushed ice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 Tbsp plain full-fat Greek yogurt
Vitamix or Blend Tec blender are touted as the best. I can’t afford a new blender to I’m using the one we got off of a wedding gift gift card. Ours is a Cuisanart blender from William Sonoma I think.
Just blend till you get it all into a foamy liquid. It’s better than juicing because it includes the fiber and all the nutrients the plant has to offer. Blending predigest the food so you don’t have to expend energy breaking it down.
It makes 1 sippy cup for my youngest son, 1 insulated bottle with ice, and 1 glass worth. Drink the glass in the morning for breakfast, and the insulated bottle for 2pm lunch.
AVOID JUICING. A juicer removes the good fiber and leave you with basically a glass of sugar. Juice alone will spike your insulin and raise your blood sugar. If the fiber is left in, when consumed, it’ll help buffer the sugar hit to your system, thus minimizing an insulin spike. So if you are pre-diabetic or diabetic, you really shouldn’t be juicing. Also if you are insulin resistant, you’re better off blending over juicing. Moreover, excess sugar causes inflammation in the body and inflammation is far from heart healthy. Lastly cancer cells are know to feed on glucose from sugar. If people walk around carrying cancer cells but don’t know about it, it could be a matter of time under the right conditions that can make cancer cells grow. That condition involve feeding cancer cells what they want, glucose or sugar, and in the body’s inflamed state caused by what? S u g a r. A recipe for a storm if you catch my drift.
Don’t take my word for it. I’m not a doctor. But you know who is? Dr. Robert Lustig is. Google him and check out his book “Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease” and learn the truth.