I was thinking the other day that the people who have the job picking paint colour names or nail polish names have a fun and creative job. I decided I to take the opportunity to be creative with the names of my smoothies!
I tried a wonderful combination of fruit and veggies for a brunch type smoothie. The orange flavour came through beautifully giving a nice sweetness to the greens.
I thought the layers looked so nice in the blender.
- 1 Granny Smith apple
- 1 Orange, peeled
- 1 Small chunk of orange peel (not too much, it takes over)
- 2 Kale leaves, spine removed
- 3″ English cucumber, large chunks
- 2-3 c Water, filtered
Add all ingredients to your blender. Blend until smooth. It turns a beautiful bright green colour.
What does this smoothie do for you?
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Grandma wasn’t wrong. Apples contain 17% of our daily fiber needs. Eaten daily, they’re beneficial for colon health. Quercetin (a phytochemical) has strong anti-cancer properties, is an anti-inflammatory, and effective at treating prostate problems. Apples help to detoxify metals in the body, protect against heart disease, clean the bladder, lower blood cholesterol and pressure, maintain circulatory and intestinal health and stabilize blood sugar. They also protect against the effects of radiation exposure.
Oranges help to cleanse the body, boost immune system, prevent heart disease and lower blood cholesterol levels. They lower acid in the urine, combat fevers, dissolve gallstones and lower high blood pressure. Their high calcium content supports strong teeth and bones. D-limonene, found in oranges, is a natural cholesterol lowering substance, had anti-cancer qualities, and may reduce tumors.
Kale is one of the best known cancer-fighting vegetables. It helps regulate estrogen, and protects against many kinds of cancer and heart disease. Ounce to ounce, kale contains more calcium than milk, that is also more easily absorbed by the body. For this reason, it is also beneficial in protecting against osteoporosis, arthritis and bone loss.
Cucumbers are 90% water, thus they help maintain the body’s fluid balance. They help to normalize heart rhythm, regulate blood pressure, ensure proper function of the nerves and muscles, and are low in calories.
Phyllis A Balch, CNC. Prescription for Dietary Wellness. Avery/Penguin Group, 2003.