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Day 16 : Green Smoothie Challenge

Tropical Detox Smoothie

Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed in this one…  It didn’t taste “tropical” at all?  Maybe my mango wasn’t sweet enough, I don’t know…  It could also have to do that I left the skin on the mango  — not something I would recommend, at least not if you are using a Ninja! The skin would not liquify, so it was a very “chewy” green smoothie, more like the Pineapple Healing Clense  on Day 1 of the Green Smoothie Challenge.  I used kale for my greens and Coconut Almond Milk for my liquid.  The recipe did say not to use milk, however I was hopeful the Coconut in the milk would enhance the “tropical” flavor … that unfortunately was not the case :(.

Tropical Detox Mango Green Smoothie 

Tropical Detox Mango Smoothie

1 Cup Frozen or Fresh mango
1 Lime, Peeled
1 handful of Cilantro
1-2 Leaves of Kale or handful of greens of your choice
1 Cup of Water (no milk)

Instructions: Wash all your produce. Chop and put into blender with a small amount of liquid to start. Add more as needed until you reach your desired consistency.

 

 

{Recipe courtesy of Young & Raw 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge}

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Day 8 : Green Smoothie Challenge

Cilantro Pear Detox  Smoothie

It’s a new work week for us and we even made it back to the gym this morning … feels so good to work out!  This smoothie was  perfect for our post work meal —  I think this one was my favorite of the bunch so far!  Strange since it has no berries in it …  Try it and let me know what you think!

Cilantro Pear Detox Green Smoothie

Cilantro Pear Detox Smoothie

1 Frozen Banana
½ Anjou Pear
1 Small handful of Cilantro
½ Rib of Celery
1 Cup Greens of your choice
1 tsp. Chia or Hemp seeds *optional
1-2 Cups of Coconut Water, Water or Almond Milk

Instructions: Wash all your produce. Chop and put into blender with a small amount of liquid to start. Add more as needed until you reach your desired consistency.

 

The original recipe called for just water or coconut water, but as with my previous smoothies, I used Coconut Almond Milk and it blended up AWESOME!  I added 1 cup of spinach for my greens and as with the other green smoothies I didn’t add any optional seeds.

{Recipe courtesy of Young & Raw 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge}

Day 4 : Green Smoothie Challenge

Pineapple Cilantro Detox Smoothie

This one sure looks an awful lot like the Pineapple Clense from Day 1???    Is it possible to taste worse — YEPPERS, this one was NASTY!  I sucked it down with a straw as fast as I could — detox away!

Give it a try and let me know if you agree…

Pineapple Cilantro Detox Smoothie

Pineapple Cilantro Detox Smoothie

1/2 cup Fresh or Frozen Pineapple
1 Large Handful of Cilantro (fresh also known as coriander)
½ Rib of Celery
1 inch piece of ginger (or size to your liking)
1 – 2 cups of Coconut Water or Water (start with less)

Instructions: Wash all your produce. Chop and put into blender with a small amount of liquid to start. Add more as needed until you reach your desired consistency.

P.S. – Pregnant or nursing, please exclude parsley & cilantro from your recipes and just use a handful of leafy greens like kale or lettuce*

I still haven’t purchased any Coconut Water, so today’s shake was made with about 10oz of Almond Coconut Milk and no Ginger.  The hint of coconut from the milk and pineapple would have been tasty, however it was way to thin for my liking.   And the green floaties things (aka cilantro) did not help!

* (Per Young & Raw) Cilantro is a heavy metal chelator, this runs the risk of toxins being dumped into your milk and then being consumed by baby. It’s best to avoid herbs while pregnant or nursing unless under the direct supervision of a herbalist and / or naturopathic doctor who can give you specific recommendations and weigh all of the options. A little bit isn’t going to hurt, so don’t worry if you’ve already been eating it, just note that down for the future.

Parsley can actually decrease or shut off milk supply in nursing mothers. It’s not a supportive herb for lactation at all so we recommend you don’t use it unless you’re not pregnant or nursing (as a pregnant woman parsley can cause miscarriage but in very high doses, a little bit isn’t enough to cause problems).

{Recipe courtesy of Young & Raw 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge}