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Detox For Spring!

Spring is a great time to think about a short, easy way to detox. Especially for those of you who have never tried it, this one is easy and delicious. I tried this 3-day detox in March, so I know while it can be challenging in the beginning, it gets easier over a period of days. And it’s well worth it. Just some of the benefits include: a huge anti-oxidant boost, improved digestion, flushing of harmful substances that have been locked in your body, fiber for prebiotic digestive support and to keep you feeling full longer, a diuretic for elimination of toxins.

If you exercise heavily, as I do, I included in the green smoothie, avocado for healthy fat, chia seeds for omega 3, omega 6, & omega 9 fatty acids, hemp seeds for protein (3T.= 180 cals and 10g. protein), and banana for more fiber and carbs. Also, to support the body’s work during a detox, eliminate sugar, caffeine, dairy and alcohol. Eat lean meats, grains and beans, and organic fruits. For snacking try your favorite herbal tea or some organic almonds or walnuts, or my favorite: homemade almond butter on Udi’s gluten-free bread. Licorice tea will cut a sugar craving fast! See “Did You Know” for a grain recipe and a word about prebiotics which will assist you during your detox experience.

Look for an “alive” feeling you can’t get from cooked, processed, or sugared foods. Notice your energy level improve. If you do have cholesterol, blood sugar or weight issues, note the before and after effects of a detox.

And always before you engage in any program for health or exercise, seek the advice of your trusted health care provider with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition you know you have. Always seek proper medical testing from your doctor or health care provider; don’t guess about you body.

Here are your super detox smoothies, one for morning, and one for lunch.

Morning Smoothie

  • 1c. frozen raspberries, unsweetened
  • ¾ c. chilled almond or rice milk
  • ¼ c. frozen cherries
  • 1 ½ t. honey (skip if the almond milk is sweetened)
  • 2 tsp. finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground flaxseed
  • 1-2tsp. fresh lemon juice

I also varied the fruits involved to use blueberries, or strawberries. And if you don’t like flaxseed, use chia seeds, or hemp seeds instead. Yum!

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Lunch Smoothie

  • 1 ¼-2c. chopped organic kale, tough ribs removed ( in bags at Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 ¼c. frozen cubed mango (in bags in the frozen section at Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 med. ribs of celery, chopped
  • 1 c. chilled orange or tangerine juice
  • ¼ c. chopped flat leaf parsley
  • ¼ c. chopped fresh mint

As I mentioned above, if you exercise heavily, add ¼ of an avocado, 1 small to medium banana, 2T. chia or hemp seeds to assist with your post-workout needs. Sometimes I added 5-6 strawberries too! Super tasty and sooo healthy!

And to enhance the whole process, eat a healthy wholesome dinner of whole grains, roasted cruciferous veggies and/or a lean protein and you’re on your way to exceptional health! Enjoy!

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