Detox Smoothie

Detoxifying Smoothies 

 

The results of our office Detox Smoothie taste test are in! The favorite was the Spinach Mango, followed by the Basic Green Drink.  The Basic Green Drink is the most detoxifying because of the ginger and lemon. However the others work well over time. Notice a basic ingredient with the drinks below; one that turns the smoothies green and adds essential vitamins and nutrients.

 

Basic Smoothie Recipe

Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth and completely combined. Drink all at once, or separate into two servings. The smoothie can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one day. When it comes out of the fridge, it will have thickened, so give it a brisk stir (or use a small whisk) and enjoy!

 

Basic Green Drink

 

2 cups cold water

1 banana, cut into chunks

1 orange, peeled and separated into segments

½ apple (your favorite variety), peeled, cored, and cut into chunks

½ lemon, peeled and separated into segments

½-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced

2 cups baby spinach

Spinach Mango Smoothie

2 cups spinach

2 mangos, peeled and chopped

1 banana

Tropical Green Smoothie

1 head romaine or green leafy lettuce
2 cups water
1 banana
1/2 pineapple, skin and core removed

Blueberry Green Smoothie

1 head romaine lettuce
3/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
1 apple, roughly chopped
1/4 lemon or lime
2 cups water

 

Mocktail: Non Alcoholic Holiday Punch

Non Alcoholic Holiday Punch even the kid’s can enjoy

 

Ingredients

1 (64 fluid ounce) bottle cranberry juice

4 liters lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage from Trader Joes

3 oranges, sliced into rounds

Sprinkle with fresh cranberries for color

8 cups crushed ice

4 cups of Raspberry juice or can crush raspberries and add 2 tablespoons of agave syrup.

 

 

Wassail

Wassail is a wonderful holiday treat and is perfect for serving at your parties.  It’s healthier than other holiday drinks and it warms the soul on cold nights.

Prep time:  15 minutes

Cook time:  3 hours

Ingredients:

1 gallon apple cider

2 cups cranberry juice

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup sugar

2 oranges

Whole cloves

Allspice

Ginger

Nutmeg

3 cinnamon sticks (or 3 Tbs. ground cinnamon)

1/2 cup – 1 cup brandy (optional)

Preparation:

Set your crock-pot to its lower setting, and pour in apple cider, cranberry juice, honey and sugar, mixing carefully. As it heats up, stir so that the honey and sugar dissolve. Stud the oranges with the cloves, and place in the pot (they’ll float). Add allspice, ginger and nutmeg to taste — usually a couple of tablespoons of each are plenty. Finally, snap the cinnamon sticks in half and add those as well.  Cover your pot and simmer 2 – 4 hours on low heat.

 

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