Well – it’s here.. a new, and exciting year! 2 0 1 5 !
I had my fair share of sweets, treats, and rich, delicious meals over the last couple weeks, and my body has sure been craving some light, refreshing, detoxifying food! This smoothie is something I came up with over the last couple weeks and it definitely fit the detox bill!
Both lemon and ginger are very detoxifying!
Lovely lemons are filled with Vitamin C which is great for health, but the key to lemons is that the citric acid in them actually stimulates the saliva glands to produce more saliva. This sounds kind of gross, I know, but when we produce more saliva, we also produce more digestive enzymes.
Those enzymes help us break down our foods better and promote improved digestion, which in essence, cleanses the body!
There are also powerful antioxidants in lemon including one in particular called d-limonene which activates the liver to produce more enzymes that aid in the detoxification process!
Ginger isn’t just a delicious addition to stir fry’s or curries, it’s also the perfect compliment to lemon as it also promotes detoxification through compounds it contains called gingerols and shoals. These compounds help detoxification by speeding up the movement of food through the digestive system!
Put ginger and lemon together and you’ve got a detoxification powerhouse!
To make the lemon flavour shine through in this smoothie, I avoided adding banana, as I find it is a bit overpowering, even though I love it! Instead I used frozen peaches, pineapple, and mango! These subtle fruits add natural sweetness without overshadowing the lemon and ginger flavours!
Blended up with some coconut cream to add in some healthy fats, and some ground flaxseed for more healthy fats and fibre, this smoothie comes together perfectly! Simple, healthy, super detoxifying, and a perfect, fresh start to the New Year!
Your body will thank you, I promise!
- 1½ cups mixed frozen peaches, pineapple, and mango
- juice of 1 whole lemon
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1 tablespoon coconut cream
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk (carton, not canned)
- ¼ to ½ cup water (depending on your preferred consistency)
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 5 drops liquid stevia or 1 tablespoon pure honey (if preferred, for sweetness)
- Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until completely incorporated.
Here’s to a brand new year filled with many more delicious, healthy, and fun new recipes!
Nutritionist in the Kitch