The Sicilian Detox Smoothie
WARNING: This power-packed, antioxidant explosion is not for the weak. Brimming with bright, nutrient-dense veggies, Michael Corleone could have just as easily proven his loyalty to the family by drinking this.
- 1 large carrot
- 1 large tomatoes
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 stalk celery
- 1/4 cup watercress
- 1/2 cup loosely packed spinach
- 1 red jalapeño, seeded (optional)
- Additional cool water to thin mixture (optional)
- 2-3 ice cubes to chill (optional)
- Place all ingredients into container and blend on high for one minute. If mixture is too thick, take plug out of lid and, while machine is still on, begin pouring water until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately. Remaining mixture will keep 1-2 days in sealed container in refrigerator.
- Thanks to this "picture we couldn't refuse" to www.live-green-smoothie-diet.com
Adapted from Prevention
“Vegetable Magnetism” Carrot Squash Cleansing Smoothie
Trying to keep your system cleansed, but need a break from all the greens? This one's a bit more mild, with emphasis on the orangey, high beta-carotene carrots and butternut squash.
- 4 carrots, whole
- 1 cup peeled butternut squash
- 1/2 cucumber, roughly chopped and leave peel on
- Half-inch piece of ginger
- Shake of cinnamon
- 1 cup water
- 4-6 ice cubes
- Prep all ingredients, then place into Vitamix container. Blend on high for 45-60 seconds. Serve immediately.
- This recipe was originally designed to be made with a juicer. By making it with the Vitamix, you're retaining the fiber, but it also comes out much thicker. Add water to suit your own desired thickness.
- Photo courtesy of www.cookingwithjax.com
Adapted from Healthy Blender Girl
My Smoothie That I Have Every Morning
What am I drinking? Greens, fruit, omegas, protein, and CHOCOLATE. I drink it, and then speed off to disburse Vitamixes, good will, and bad humor.
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (your choice, but I recommend Vega One)
- 1 tbsp flax seeds (whole) or chia seeds
- A couple shakes of cinnamon
- 1/2 banana (no peel)
- Fistful of blueberries (frozen or fresh)
- Fistful of fresh kale (appr. 1/2 cup)
- 1/2-1 cup water (or coconut water)
- 3-5 ice cubes
- 1 tsp honey or agave (optional)
- 1 tbsp almond or peanut butter (optional)
- Place everything in Vitamix and replace lid. Blend on high for 45-60 seconds. Serve immediately.
Chocolate Blackberry Power Smoothie
Dark, sweet, fruity, and packed with protein and antioxidants.
- 1 cup water
- 3 tbsp
- Live Superfoods Ecuadorian Cacao Powder
- 1 cup frozen blackberries
- 1 1/2 scoops vanilla or chocolate protein powder
- 1/4 cup baby spinach leaves
- 3/4 cup ice
- 1 tbsp honey, agave nectar, or stevia (optional)
- Secure lid to Vitamix. Blend all ingredients on high for 45-60 seconds.
- Raw cacao is different than processed chocolate or chocolate powder. A superfood, raw cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far, including blueberries, red wine, and black and green teas. In fact, it has up to four times the quantity of antioxidants found in green tea. Health benefits of these antioxidants include promoting cardiovascular health by dilating blood vessels, reducing blood clotting, improving circulation, and helps regulate heartbeat and blood pressure.
- Image courtesy of adashofmeg.com
Adapted from Vitamix
Adapted from Vitamix
Raw (No) Cream of Mushroom Soup
When you're an omnivore or even a vegetarian, giving up dairy can be super tough. One secret: replace the same "mouth feel" you get with dairy with other things. This creamless soup gets the same mouth feel from cashews and avocados, so your brain thinks it's eating real cream of mushroom. A few rounds of this, and you won't need the real thing, ever!
- 2-3 cups water
- 2 cups mushrooms; variety of crimini, portobello and shitake or chose one
- Trim stems of mushrooms, chop and set aside. Will be used as garnish.
- 1/3 cup yellow onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- ½ cup cashews, soaked (If you are on a cleanse leave out)
- ¼ - ½ cup avocado
- 1 ½ cup marjoram or thyme
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup leek, opt
- Optional garnish: hot chili oil
- Place all ingredients into container in order listed. Start on 1 and slowly ramp up to 10, then switch to high. Blend for 3-4 minutes or until soup is warm. Use a meat thermometer to check temperature (ideal goal is 116-120 degrees. Pour into serving bowls and add chopped mushroom stems, chopped parsley and a dash of pepper.
- The directions indicate blending for 3-4 minutes, which will keep the soup "raw." If you would prefer the soup hot, blend for 5-8 minutes.
Adapted from WeLikeItRaw.com