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Lee’s Summit Chiropractor | Green Smoothies

What are Green Smoothies?

Green smoothies are the perfect way to begin your day, providing you with a whole-food nutritional punch packed full of all the raw vitamins, minerals and enzyme potential your body needs to get you through your day. The basic recipe for a green smoothie is: Milk base (we prefer canned organic coconut milk or organic or raw milk kefir) + fruit (organic berries are ideal—fruits such as organic green apples are wonderful as well) + greens (organic kale, swiss chard and spinach is what we typically use—spinach is the mildest for newbies) + filtered water = smoothie. Of course, there is no “right” way to make a smoothie—feel free to experiment with recipes online and make such additions as: raw organic egg yolks, beets (and beet roots), carrots, soaked nuts and seeds, nutritional yeast flakes, chia seeds, shredded coconut and coconut oil and superfoods like spirulina, bee pollen, cacao and maca powder. The possibilities are endless!

Here’s an example of a green smoothie recipe we often use:

Coconut Green Smoothie

Yield: Serves 1

A healthy green smoothie with a coconut kick!

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1/4 cup canned and preferably organic coconut milk or 1/2 cup organic kefir (see our guide on cultured foods for more!)
  • 1 cup spinach or kale or collard greens (whichever greens you prefer)
  • 1 green apple or 1 cup berries (blueberries, blackberries, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons shaved coconut
  • 2 egg yolks (from organic or pastured chickens)(optional
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons soaked almonds or soaked pumpkin seeds or soaked sunflower seeds (optional). Note: soaking raw nuts or seeds for at least 8 hours prior to use breaks down enzyme inhibitors and makes digestion easier on the body)
  • ¼ cup ice (optional)
  • 2 Scoops Standard Process Complete (optional)
  • Filtered water, added to desired consistency (you can add water as you mix or add 1/3 cup and work up from there)

NOTE: Use organic ingredients for best results! Going beyond organic, find a local farmer, inquire as to how they raise their produce and begin purchasing directly from local farms.

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth, adding water or ice if the mixture is too thick. Serve and consume immediately or store refrigerated in a mason jar, securing the lid tightly and consume later that day. Try this as a meal replacement daily for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

One final note of caution: if you are sensitive to oxalic acid or are prone to kidney stones, you may wish to use lower oxalic acid foods in your smoothie.

For more recipes and information, contact us at: DrChambers@AxisCW.com

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