Green Goodness

Think you can’t get you or your kids to eat (or drink!) enough greens? Think again! This smoothie is full of greens but just sweet enough so it won’t taste “green.”

This smoothie will introduce more alkaline foods to your system. Why is that important?

The quick science:

The pH scale runs from 0-14. Neutral pH is 7.0. The higher the pH (greater than 7) the more alkaline, while a pH lower than 7 is acidic. For good health, our bodies need to be slightly alkaline (with a pH of between 7.365 and 7.45).

The dangers of being too acidic include: mineral depletion, increased risk for heart attack and stroke, the skin gets dry and wrinkly quicker, causes fluctuations in blood sugar levels, increased digestive problems, weakened immune system, headaches, depression, and the list goes on.

A diet low in fruits and vegetables and high in animal proteins creates an environment that is too acidic.

An overly acidic condition weakens the body and puts our immune system at serious risk. According to Dr. William Lee Cowden, “Immune cells that are too acidic do not produce antibodies or cytokines (chemical messengers to regulate other immune cells), and they have impaired phagocytosis (the ability to engulf and destroy microbes). As a result, the affected individual becomes susceptible to viral, bacterial, fungal and other infectious microbes as well as cancer.”

I like this smoothie for my kids first thing in the morning because it floods their system with alkaline foods and lots of greens. Think about it, you go many hours overnight in a fasting state, not eating anything, likely for 8-10 hours. The first thing you should introduce your body to when breaking your fast (hence the name breakfast) every morning shouldn’t be something that can cause damage, like sugary foods or food high in animals fats and protein.  Let something incredibly nourishing hit your digestive tract first thing and it’ll you set you up for improved mood, reduced cravings, and high energy.

To make this, I juice the kiwi, apple, broccoli, cucumber, and spinach then add that juice to a blender with aloe, banana, and avocado. If you don’t have a juicer, you could just add everything right to the blender.

Juice:

1 kiwi

1 green apple

4-5 broccoli florets

1 inch cucumber

1 cup spinach

  1. Run everything through a juicer.

Blend:

Green juice (from above)

1 banana

1/2 avocado

4-5 TBSP pure aloe (I source my aloe straight from an aloe leaf. Most health food stores also carry aloe in bottles. Be sure to check labels and make cure there are not added ingredients if you get bottled aloe)

 

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