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3 Healthy Smoothies for your Post-Holiday Reboot

Green Smoothie with Spinach, Watercress, Parsley, Pear, Lime and Rice Coconut Milk

I’m guessing right about now I’m not the only one having some serious holiday excess regret. I only say that because that’s usually where I’m at after the pre-Christmas, Christmas and after Christmas (over)indulgences. So how about offsetting some of that decadence with one of these healthy smoothies?

Why do people love smoothies so much?

Simply put, they are easy and you can put whatever you like in them. Want more fiber? Throw in more greens. Looking for an energy kick? Add some ginger. Need a vitamin C boost? Add some strawberries (or bell peppers and broccoli –they are high in vitamin C too!). There are plenty of ingredients you can use that help the body flush out the bad stuff so we can feel a little better and give our system a reboot after a holiday binge.

First of all, drinking lots of liquids is important for good health — it aids in digestion and has other good effects on your body. Drinking water is the most natural way “detox” and squeezing a little lemon juice into your glass is all the better – it speeds up the detoxification process. Lemons contain an antioxidant called d-limonene, which helps breaks down toxic substances in the liver. Read more here.

Smoothies are a nutritious way to put something good into your body when you don’t have a lot of time – even if you aren’t looking for a meal replacement.

Here are three of my currently favorite detox smoothies to get my system back on track:

Glowing Skin Green Smoothie

Green Smoothies with Spinach, Watercress, Parsley, Pear, Lime and Rice Coconut MilkThis is a powerful antioxidant smoothie is low on the glycemic index, is loaded with iron, potassium, vitamin C and other good stuff that helps rid your body of toxins with the extra benefits of helping keep your skin smooth and glowing!

Yields 2 servings. Use organic ingredients when possible.

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup (or more) unsweetened rice coconut milk (125 ml)
2 handfuls baby spinach
2 handfuls watercress
2 handfuls flat-leaf parsley
1 avocado
1 large ripe pear
juice of 1-2 limes

METHOD:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Add more rice coconut milk, depending on desired thickness. Pour into glasses and serve.

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Quick Avocado, Blueberry and Yogurt Smoothie

Avocado, Blueberry and Yogurt SmoothiesBoost your daily antioxidants with this simple and nutritious breakfast drink, made with blueberries and yogurt. This smoothie is also rich in omega-6 and 3 and good fats. Avocado helps raise your “good” cholesterol levels and it make your green smoothie extra creamy!

Yields 2 servings. Use organic ingredients when possible.

INGREDIENTS:
1 avocado, peeled and pitted
1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1 x 125 g container natural, sheep, or goat milk yogurt
1/2 cup (or more) unsweetened almond milk (or other nut/seed milk) (125 ml)
1 tablespoon chia or ground flax seeds
honey, to taste (optional)

METHOD:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Add more almond milk, depending on desired thickness. Pour into glasses and serve.

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My dear friend and Feel Good Move Pilates trainer, Anna swears by this protein smoothie combo. It’s currently her favorite for aiding a speedy recovery and adding endurance for your next workout.

Did you know that red beet has loads of iron and also contains tryptophan, which relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well-being (similar to chocolate)? It has also nitric oxide which is often used in bodybuilder supplements to increase their endurance. All natural, this smoothie delivers the same effect and tastes sooo good!

Beet and Berry Endurance Smoothie

Goji Berry, Beet, Banana, Raspberry, Rice Coconut, Protein SmoothiesNaturally sweet, this protein smoothie is a great source of vitamins and minerals and contains detoxifying antioxidants that cleanse the body. Not to mention, it’s colorful enough to pull you out of the doldrums of a winter day!

Yields 2 servings. Use organic ingredients when possible.

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup of unsweetened rice coconut milk (250 ml)
2 tablespoons unsweetened soy or almond yoghurt
1-2 tablespoons red beet powder (raw)
2 tablespoons goji berries
1 banana
3 tablespoons of frozen or fresh raspberries
1 scoop of vanilla plant-based protein powder blend (Sunwarrior)

METHOD:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

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