The protective power houses called Saponins, which are in the grapes’ waxy skin, is known to prevent the absorption of cholesterol. Deliciously high in fructose, so pair with a protein for blood sugar management.
Here is your first 14 day green smoothie challenge recipe. Kale is one of my favorite greens. I use it in almost all of my smoothies. I hope it becomes one of your favorites.
1 cup of organic curly kale or lacinto kale, which has darker leaves-This is about 4 to 5 thoroughly washed leaves that you have to peel off the stem before blending or you can chop them up.
1/2 cup of fresh papaya-About 4 to 5 pieces…Peel the skin first, then cut the papaya in half. Take the tiny black seeds out and cube. This can be a little messy, but your digestive system will thank you for it. I usually squirt the juice of a lime on it after I cut it into cubes. There are two type, you want the larger one. Smaller one is a little sweeter, but I always get the larger one from Meijer or Trader Joe’s, because I use it so often. Make sure that it is yellowish orange and not all green. Having a firm to the touch feel, but not hard.
*you should pick one that looks like this
3/4 cup of frozen pineapples
1 cup of filtered water or 1 cup of organic apple juice if you need it sweeter
Combine kale and juice in a blender. Add papaya and frozen pineapples until smooth. This will make about two servings. I try to use five ingredients or less to allow proper digestion. Let me know what you think about it. Enjoy!!
Calories=about 277g Fat=0 Sugar=about 43g(less if you use just filtered water, which is just as yummy)
Fiber=about 6g for freshly juiced apples with peel/4.90g using organic apple juice from the store
Protein=about 2g*You may add a handful of spinach and a scoop of Raw Protein powder for extra protein
I know some of you are probably thinking, I’ll read about her green smoothies and maybe try a few, but I am not going to do it for 14 days!!! Trust me, you will not taste the spinach or kale if you follow my recipes. If you take this 14 day journey with me, I promise you will feel the difference in the clarity of your thinking, the regularity of your digestive system, and so much more. Keeping a food journal will help you stay on track.
So let’s start tomorrow! I will post a new smoothie each day for you. I usually have a smoothie in the morning and one in the evening after working out. Keep a log of what you eat each day, being mindful of the sugar intake. I emphasis this because some of the smoothies will satisfy this intake. Just because it is natural sugar does not mean that it will not negatively effect your body’s sugar level. Being mindful of what you put in your body as well as how much of it, will help you achieve optimal health. I can not wait to hear from you!!!
Health is Wealth;-)
*I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or any other certified health practitioner. I just love feeding my body in a healthy way and smoothies have been one of the best ways for me. I have done a lot of research and I love to share what I have learned. Some of my smoothie recipes may not fit your basic needs, but I hope that you will keep an open mind. Remember to listen to your body. What works for me, may not work for you.;-) Health is Wealth!!!