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Smoothies for Health

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Smoothies can be an easy way to get vegetables and fruits into your diet if you don't spend a lot of time in the kitchen. If you are interested in smoothies as part of a detox diet or cleanse, the primary ingredients should be leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach and romaine, fruit and water. If you would like a smoothie as a quick but nutritious breakfast, then you might want to add protein, fiber or fat such as protein powder, chia seeds or flax seeds, or nuts or nut milk. A 1/4 teaspoon of matcha green tea powder can provide a boost for those trying to cut back on their coffee consumption.

Smoothies made with green vegetables usually require a high speed blender to give it a smooth texture. If you are using a regular blender and are fine with your green smoothie not having a smooth consistency, you can try chopping the greens before blending. Frozen fruit or ice can be used to create a thicker consistency.

Here is a list of ingredients that can help you build a delicious smoothie that is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Liquid
Water, filtered
Coconut Water
Juice (e.g., Apple, Pomegranate)
Nut or seed milk (almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, hemp milk)
Rice milk
Tea, cooled* (e.g. Rooibos, Chai, Green tea)
Kefir (water or coconut)
Kombucha

Green Vegetables
Collard Greens
Kale
Romaine
Spinach
Arugula
Beet greens
Dandelion greens

Fruits
Apple
Banana
Blueberries
Cherries
Lime
Mango
Peaches
Pear
Pineapple
Raspberries
Strawberries
Watermelon

Additions
Cacao powder
Cacao nibs
Carob powder
Chlorella
Maca powder
Matcha (green tea) powder
Spirulina
Wheatgrass juice
Greens powder
Chia seeds
Flax seeds
Ice
goji berries
Protein powder
Shredded coconut
Oats

Herbs or Spices
Mint
Vanilla extract, alcohol-free
Vanilla beans
Parsley
Cinnamon, ground
Nutmeg
Ginger

Nuts or Seeds
Almonds
Brazil nuts
Cashews
Coconut
Pecans
Walnuts
Chia
Hemp
Flaxseeds

Sweetener (optional, sparingly)
Stevia
Dried Fruit (apricots, dates, figs, prunes)
Maple syrup, grade B
Brown rice syrup
Raw honey

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