I wish I was a green smoothie junkie. In my mind regularly drinking bright green liquid vegetables put you in the same league as tall, lean yoga addicts (which I am not). But if I’m being completely honest, I will only break out my stick blender around raw vegetables when I feel my general health needs a little perking up.
When I make green smoothie I base it around four key ingredients; a green leaf (usually spinach or kale), a fruit, citrus and a medicinal herb. This is my favourite combination because it blends easily and the majority of the flavours are mild. Spinach is a fantastic ingredient as not only does it nourish your eyes and bones it also flushes out toxins which can improve the quality of your skin. Due to their high water content melons are extremely easy to blend, they are high in vitamins but also low in calories.
The addition of ginger really pulls together the flavours of this recipe. It has a warming sensation which balances with the chill of this drink. On top of that fresh ginger has a multitude of health benefits including pain relief and anti nausea effects. It also improves the absorption of nutrients making sure that you get all the goodness from this green smoothie.
What I love about this smoothie is it is so easy, it doesn’t contain any specialist ingredients that involve you repeating the name several times to perfect the pronunciation. Everything for this recipe can be found in a standard grocery store. This recipe makes a double portion, if you are feeling particularly virtuous you can drink the whole thing, but it will keep in the fridge until the next morning, if like me you only drink half. Drink this after a glass of skin brightening warm water with a slice of lemon to give your day a good kick start.
Green Detox Smoothie Recipe
Makes 2 cups
1 cup raw spinach
1 cup fresh or frozen melon
1 inch cube of ginger
1 cup of filtered water
juice of half a lime
1 tsp honey (optional)
Peel and chop the ginger, it doesn’t need to be neat but it will help stop chunks of ginger being left when you puree the drink.
Put all the ingredients in a blender (or jug with a hand blender) and blitz until completely smooth.
Will keep in the fridge for 24 hours, best served very cold.
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