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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}

Day 3 : Green Smoothie Challenge

Skin Booster Smoothie

Hmmm… Day 3. Not as bad as the Pineapple Clense, but not nearly as good as the Banana Berry Clense from Day 2. I was feeling confident about todays ingredients, but then I saw that receipe said not to make with milk.  Oh well,  I prefer creamier smoothies,  so milk it is!  Luckily it wasn’t bad ;).   I was really worried that I would waste all the ingredients because I couldnt suck it down.  But the banana flavor was quite overpowering so it worked out good.   27 days to go…

Skin Booster Smoothie

Vitamin E – Skin Booster Smoothie 

¼ Small Field Cucumber (about ½ cup sliced)
1 Frozen Banana (or fresh)
½ Cup Frozen or Fresh Blueberries
1 inch piece of Ginger (to taste)
1 tbsp. Chia Seeds (optional)
1 Cup of Spinach (or alternative greens)
1-2 Cups of Coconut Water or Water (not 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.

I made my shake using about 8oz of Almond Coconut Milk and no Chia Seeds or ginger.   I prefer the frozen berries and banana … makes it cold and creamy like a smoothie should be!   I really need to get some Coconut Water … sounds yummy!

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