One of my first posts on this blog was http://lorieb.com/2012/01/16/the-joys-of-juicing/ about the smoothies or “milkshakes” as my sons call them.
Two years later, with one son moved out and another very rarely home, I still make smoothies a few times a week. My current favorite ingredients are mostly green; baby spinach, cucumber, lemon juice, avocado, green tea, turmeric and ginger.
These ingredients ensure I get my “greens” targeting my individual health concerns, but the combination tastes great too. Spinach is an anti-inflammatory, an anti-oxidant, full of vitamins A and K, with anti-cancer and cardiovascular benefits. Cucumbers help remove toxins from your body, are full of vitamin B, and help fight joint pain/stiffness. Lemon juice increases your body alkalinity (see http://lorieb.com/2013/06/16/your-blood-ph-keep-it-alkaline/ ) and removes toxins from your body. Avocados offer omega 3s (the good fat) and make the smoothie creamy. Turmeric and ginger are good for joint stiffness and pain. Green tea also contains anti-oxidants, improves brain function and enables fat loss.
To make your smoothie, blend all solid ingredients and spices until very smooth. Add the liquids and pulse until creamy. I never measure the ingredients, but 1/2 cup spinach, one cucumber, 1/4 avocado, 1/4 cup lemon juice, two tablespoons each of ginger and turmeric, and one large cup of green tea should do the trick. This makes a blender full, so I drink half of it in the morning and save the rest for later in the day. You can adjust the taste to suit your palate with more juice or spice. If it is not creamy enough for you or too sharp tasting, add some greek yogurt. Be adventurous and make up your own recipe!
Lorieb is an avid gardener and reader from Kanata, Ontario, Canada. Please visit her website at www.gardens4u.ca to read about the gardening services she provides in her area, as well as her off season interests.