Joey Rubino

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Vibrant Superfood Morning Smoothie

By on February 9, 2011

Ready for that morning smoothie that will give you that wake up call you’ve been looking for ??

Well here it is ….

Greens are incredibly nutritious, and yet we struggle to get anywhere near the recommended amount in our diets. Many of us also find them hard to digest. It has been suggested that this is caused by insufficient amounts of stomach acid, as well as not having enough jaw strength to chew them till fibrous greens reach a creamy consistency. Blending greens breaks down their structure, effectively pre-digesting them. Adding fruit enhances the taste, and is also a clever way of getting more fruit into your diet, which most people also don’t get enough of.

Blending greens in a smoothie is an easy way to incorporate them into your diet. It’s also ideal from a nutritional perspective, as it ruptures the plant cell membranes, allowing the nutrients to be released and digested very easily.

NOTE:

Try to buy your greens organic; they’ll be free of pesticides and herbicides, and will contain more nutrients than conventional greens. If you can only buy non-organic, please wash them very thoroughly with a high quality, chemical-free fruit and veggie wash.

IN A NUTSHELL:

This smoothie may take you a while to enjoy, but try sticking with it every day for a week, and by the end of it, not only will you be bouncing off the walls with energy like 5 year-old, but your taste buds will have adapted, and you’ll find yourself craving it!

Don’t feel discouraged if you are missing an ingredient or two – simply leave it out OR substitute it for something similar.

This particular recipe was part created by my good friend, acupuncturist and herbalist, Debbie Kim.

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of Kale

1 cup of Leafy Greens – Alternate (Romaine Lettuce, Spinach, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard)

1 Apple or Pear

1/2 cup of Fresh Jicama (peeled and cut into small pieces)

1/2 cup of Blueberries or Mixed Berries

1/2 Fennel Bulb

2 stalks of Celery

1/2 Cucumber

1 scoop of Garden of Life Perfect Food Raw (Superfood)

1 scoop of Garden of Life Raw Protein

2 cups of Water (Filtered or pure Spring Water)

1/2 tsp of Stevia (or more – to taste for sweeter flavor)

 

DIRECTIONS:

1.Place all ingredients in a blender container.

2.Blend until smooth and thoroughly incorporated. Pour into glasses and serve.

 

Enjoy :0)

 


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