Berry and Spinach Smoothie

Healthy Cooking: Smoothies
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The holidays are over and it's New Year's resolution time. Start your morning off with a healthy juice to begin detoxing after indulging in all those extra holiday calories

  • 1 cup(s) orange juice
  • 1 cup(s) frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup(s) frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup(s) frozen raspberries
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) loosely packed spinach
  • Honey or agave syrup, if necessary
  • Ice (optional)

Directions

  1. Add the orange juice, fruit, and spinach to a blender. Blend on medium-high speed until the all the spinach is blended and there are no visible green specks.
  2. Add up to 2 tablespoons of agave syrup if necessary to sweeten.
  3. Add additional ice cubes for an icier drink.

5 QUICK TIPS TO ENHANCE YOUR DETOX DIET

  1. Start each morning with a glass of juice to gently wake up your system.
  2. Take a brisk walk to jump-start your circulation.
  3. Try yoga. Regular yoga practice will help you to balance and detoxify your body deeper and faster.
  4. Drink plenty of purified or spring water and replace your regular infusions with warm water with lemon. Eat four to five small meals a day to help boost your metabolism.
  5. If you want, chronicle your detox week by keeping a food diary, making special note of how you feel each day. As your week progresses, your body will send you little messages. Pay careful attention to these messages.

As your body detoxes, you might feel some temporary physical discomforts such mild headaches, sluggishness and body aches. 

Creamy Strawberry Blueberry Protein Smoothie

1 Cup strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
2 oranges juiced
1 lemon juiced
Handful of greens
  (spinach, kale etc.)
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 scoop protein powder (vanilla) - optional

I put my berries in the freezer the night before because i like my smoothie cold and it helps to not water it down with ice. Drop your berries, juice, greens and coconut milk into the blender. You can also add oats if you want more carbs but it's optional.  Blend it really well especially if you added the oats to make sure the texture is nice, and then after everything is blended well add the protein powder (the protein powder is also optional but I add it for the extra vitamins and protein). Please keep in mind If you do add protein you need to drink immediately or it will thicken up a lot. The first time I made it I had a little science experiment unfolding on my desk after about 10 minutes so I cut back to half a scoop and remembered not to forget it on my computer desk :{ smoothies are better chilly anyway.

I love this recipe because you can add or subtract from the basic blend to suit your needs. I usually make a batch with coconut milk and a little vanilla protein powder and pour my portion into a glass then my husband uses the other half and adds oats cream and a little more protein powder for a more hefty version because he is trying to gain while I (like most women) am trying to slim up.
You can also blend the basic version (berries, juice, greens, and coconut milk) and freeze it in an ice tray to use in the morning if you are in a hurry. Just get the smoothie cubes in the blender add coconut milk (or cream) oats, and a little protein powder (if wanted), blend, pour into a travel mug, and out the door you go.