Recipe: Blush Daybreak Smoothie

This combination of flavours is lovely in the morning. Nothing says “wake up” like a hint of tart grapefruit.

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth:

  • Half red grapefruit, peeled
  • 5-6 fresh strawberries, stems removed
  • 2 stalks celery, large chunks
  • 3″ English cucumber, large chunks (I leave the peel on, but that is optional)
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar (or maple syrup) )(optional)
  • 2-2.5 c filtered water

What good things does this smoothie do for your body?

Grapefruit

Great for the cardiovascular system protecting the arteries. The pectin in grapefruit lowers blood cholesterol and high blood pressure. This citrus fruit can reduce the risk of cancer, aid digestion, speed the breakdown of fat, feed good bacteria in the intestines, and boost the immune system. Grapefruit is also an anti-inflammatory used for chest congestion, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc. It also may help cleanse the liver and gallbladder, dissolve gallstones.

Strawberries

Strawberries can help prevent night sweats, lower blood cholesterol levels, help prevent heart disease and strokes, dissolve tartar on teeth, protect against viruses and cancer, protect against skin disorders.

Celery

Celery may protect against certain cancers, particularly stomach cancer. Eating 2-4 stalks per day can lower blood pressure, especially that related to stress. As a mild dieuretic, it aids in digestion and weight loss and has detoxifying effects. It helps to regulate the nervous system and controls dizziness and headaches. Celery aids kidney and liver function and stimulates the sex drive. As it balances acidity in the body, it also helps to clear up skin problems. It is also good for those with diabetes.

Cucumber

Cucumber is approximately 95% water. They help to normalize heart rhythm, regulate blood pressure, ensure proper function of nerves and muscles and maintain the body’s fluid balance. They are low in calories and a good source of fiber.

Source:

Phyllis A Balch, CNC. Prescription for Dietary Wellness. Avery/Penguin Group, 2003

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