Green Raspberry Lemonade Detox Recipe

 

photo-7LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS this entire post is dedicated to this superfood that most people overlook for the more popular and hot superfoods on the market like chia or goji etc.  Not to discount these other great foods but sometimes they cause us to overlook the superfoods that may seem more common and less “fancy”.

Read here for the full article listing out a plethora of amazing health benefits that lemons provide, but here are a few of my favorites to get you started.

Lemons help to alkalize the body and detoxify the liver.  Whether you consume alcohol or not on a regular basis, your liver does need a little TLC every once in a while and increasing your intake of lemons is a great way to get you started.

Lemons help to strengthen your blood vessels which is great especially if you tend to have high blood pressure.

Lemons contain 22 cancer fighting compounds and have strong antibacterial properties.

This smoothie is packed with lemon and other amazing ingredients to provide you with all of the benefits that this superfood has to offer.  It is quite tart so if you have an aversion to bitter flavors, you may want to leave out some of the lemon skins that I just love putting in.  That being said, the lemon skin and pith (the white part) contain some of the highest density of nutrients in the whole fruit so if you can, try to leave them in.

I hope you enjoy this yummy treat — your liver and body will thank you!!

Green Raspberry Lemonade Detox Recipe – What you will need:

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  • 3 large handfulls of kale or spinach
  • 3 whole lemons (I slice the peel off and chop it up to make the blending process easier)
  • 8 oz water (or green tea)
  • 2 cups raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Stevia , honey, or pitted dates to taste
  • Ice to desired consistency

In a blender (I use this Blendtec I get a lot of questions about that) place your water or green tea, lemons and greens and blend until smooth.  Then place your fruit, ice, and stevia/honey/or dates into the blender and blend until you have your desired consistency.

Enjoy this treat often, it will provide an amazing boost to your day!

Antioxidant POWERHOUSE Smoothie

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Antioxidants help us fight those free radicals we are exposed to every day! Different foods have different levels of antioxidants. I created this smoothie to give you a major antioxidant boost so that you can look and feel great!

Blueberries, pomegranates, and strawberries rank high on the list of antioxidant rich fruits, and believe it or not raw cacao powder and cinnamon both have higher antioxidant levels than blueberries! Your soul will thank you for drinking this baby!

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Recipe:

  • Seeds from 1/2 pomegranate
  • 1 cup frech/frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh/frozen strawberries
  • 2 heaping Tbs raw cacao powder
  • 1 heaping Tbs cinnamon
  • 2 handfuls of kale
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 cup green tea or water (any liquid of choice)
  • Stevia to taste

1. Place your liquid and greens in the blender and blend until completely smooth.

2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Add ice cubes to achieve desired consistency. ENJOY!!

XOXO- Reverent Lion

Spicy Mango Madness Smoothie

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I use a blentec blender for all of my smoothies (quite a few people have been asking that question lately) but any blender will work to make this delightfully tangy and slightly spicy smoothie. This would also make a great juice if you would like to break out the juicer!

The below recipe makes about 2 servings. I usually eat one serving in the morning and place the other serving in an airtight container until later that day when I am ready to enjoy my second serving and I throw it back in the blender with about 6-8 ice cubes and voila! Just be sure to consume your smoothie mix within 8-12 hours after you make it that morning.

Many of you have been asking about jalapenos and if this smoothie is extremely spicy. You will only notice a slight kick of spice, but if you are sensitive to spicy foods, maybe start with 1/2 jalapeno and add more to your liking. Jalapenos fight headaches, relieves congestion, soothes your digestive system, acts as a thermogenic for weight loss, along with many other health benefits! (Source)

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RECIPE:

  • 2 lemons, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Lime, peeled and sliced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1/2 lime
  • 1 jalapeno pepper sliced (I use the seeds as well)
  • 2 Kiwi fruits quartered (leave the skins on! they are so good for you!!)
  • 1 cup frozen/fresh chopped mango
  • 1 cup frozen/fresh chopped pineapple
  • 2 handfuls kale
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 cup water or green tea (any liquid will do)
  • Stevia to taste

1. Place your liquid in your blender followed by all of your greens, the lemons, limes, zest, and jalapeno.

2. Blend until completely smooth (the last thing you want is a chunk of unblended jalapeno!)

3. Add all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth, add ice cubes if necessary to achieve your desired consistency . ENJOY!!

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XOXOX- Reverent Lion

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Zippy Morning Energy Green Smoothie

Good morning my beautiful reverent lions! I woke up today with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and just a zippy attitude.  So, in accordance with my mood, I came up with an awesome recipe for a tangy, spicy, energy packed, antioxidant packed green smoothie to get you going today.

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2 Lemons peeled and quartered

Zest from 1 Lemon

1/4 cup fresh ginger peeled and roughly diced

1 cup frozen organic blueberries

1/2 Green apple sliced

3 handfuls of arugula

1 Tbs matcha green tea dissolved in 1/2 cup of water

Stevia to taste

Place the matcha green tea in the blender followed by the remaining ingredients (it’s helpful to have the liquid on the bottom).  Blend until nice and smooth.  Add a few ice cubes if the texture seems too liquified for your liking. ENJOY!!

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XOXO – Alyssa