Powerhouse Herbs for your Smoothies!

Herbs are often overlooked as sources of nutritional value; we tend to think of
them for flavoring or a garnish. But they’re really little nutritious powerhouses!
Not only are herbs like basil, parsley, cilantro, & mint packed with vitamins, minerals,
antioxidants, anti-cancer & anti-inflammatory properties, but they also support
the body’s detoxification system. And the better our detoxification system is working,
the easier we lose weight, the more energy we have, the less pain/inflammation we
experience, the clearer our complexion, & the more vibrant we feel!
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Throw a handful of these delicate green beauties in your next smoothie–read below for some smoothie-creation- inspiration:
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Basil: By eating basil, we are taking in nutrients that help to clear up any gunk
that is stuck in our kidneys and also toning them to work well in the future. Additionally,
it’s an exceptional source of beta-carotene, vitamin A, cryptoxanthin, lutein andzea-xanthin,
which help fight free radicals (think: protectors of youth & health!).
*goes great with watermelon, lemon, blueberries, & kiwi
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Parsley: There are three main filters in the body-bladder, kidneys, liver-and parsley
assists them all in the detoxification process. Additionally, it’s a rich source
of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium, as well as
the B vitamins that play a vital role in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism.
*goes great with mango, apple, pineapple, lemon, lime
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Cilantro: This herb is known for a variety of nutrients, but its detoxifying affects
are found in its ability to bind to heavy metals and remove them from our bodies.
Toxic heavy metals usually enter our body in small amounts through food, water,
and anything else we consume. Additionally, it’s a rich source of  vitamin C, and
the richest herbal source of vitamin K.
*goes great with citrus, pineapple, mango, avocado, lime
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Mint:  Soothes stomachs in cases of indigestion or inflammation. The aroma of mint
activates the saliva glands in our mouth as well as glands which secrete digestive
enzymes, thereby facilitating digestion. Toxin build-up can occur in the stomach
and colon when improper digestion takes place, and that is why a healthy diet of
mint leaves is a must when looking to detoxify. Additionally, it’s a rich source
of minerals, antioxidants, and B complex vitamins.
*goes great with berries & melon
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The Staple Smoothie in our House this Summer:

This is the perfect smoothie to cleanse, hydrate, nourish, & reduce inflammation.
It’s delicious & refreshing. What else could you ask for?!
Bring it on, Summer!

SUMMER LOVIN’
*serves 1

  •  1 c water
  •  1 c frozen pineapple pieces
  •  1/3-1/2 cucumber, (I prefer peeled, but unpeeled is healthier!)
  • small handful parsley
  • small handful cilantro
  • 2 kale leaves, de-stemmed
  • 1 tbl ground chia seeds
  •  1 tbl ground hemp seeds
  •  2 tbl avocado
  •  1/2-1 lime, peeled
  • 1/2-1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • ice

Blend well & Enjoy:)

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