As a woman, I must share this easy-to-make, delicious, vibrant smoothie 🙂 I first heard about green vegetable smoothies when I was on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) to heal a stubborn case of systemic yeast overgrowth.
I raise a glass of liquidated fruits and vegetables to my lips most mornings and find this to hit many nails at once so to say with getting in minerals, vitamins, hydration, healthy fat, liver cleansing, uterine cleansing, stimulating digestive juices, fiber, and more with just one glass-full.
I named this ‘woman’s best friend’ because cranberries are notoriously known to remedy various female issues; including urinary tract infections, yeast infections, and breast cancer. Cranberries also contain polyphenols, micronutrients with antioxidant activity, that play an important role as a prebiotic to increase the amount of beneficial gut flora (good for overall health, weight management, and disease prevention).
In general, vegetable smoothies are an easy way to get your daily fix and even easier to digest; key when healing digestion. Whether or not you are healing with a dietary protocol like B.E.D., this smoothie gets a twirl ?
The take-home message is that God created cranberries with polyphenolic material,
that seem to be able to target a fraction bacteria and viruses. ~ Professor Ofek
Woman’s Best Friend: Green Vegetable Smoothie
Yields: 6 cups
3 cups pure water
1 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, soaked
1/2 a granny smith apple, quartered, skin-on
1 handful of parsley, stems intact (about an ounce)
4 large lettuce leaves
1 medium cucumber, skin on
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tbsp cold-pressed flax oil
2-inch ginger root, unpeeled
1/2 – 3/4 tsp green leaf stevia powder (optional for extra sweetness)
2 pinches Himalayan or Celtic sea salt, coarse*
- Add all of the ingredients in a Vita-Mix or other high speed blender.
- Whirl around until smooth as a smoothie.
- Taste and add in more of anything your taste-buds desire.
- Store in the fridge in a sealed glass jar for up to 3 days.
Tips & Ideas
- Source organic cranberries as they tend to be heavily sprayed and laden with pesticides.
- Delicious additions that I can vouch for are: avocado, chia seeds.
- Get extra yummy and add a splash of young coconut kefir (homemade/store-bought).
- Replenish gut flora with the contents of a couple probiotic capsules.
- Thicken things up with young coconut pudding …. think green smoothie in a bowl.
- Add a scoop of collagen peptides to increase the protein.
- Add a couple of pasture-raised fresh egg yolks to increase fat.
- Sour green apple gives a sweet touch of expansiveness to this alkalizing smoothie. Ideally, fruit is best eaten alone on empty stomach for optimal food combining, but combines fine with raw greens and soaked seeds. If this fruit causes a yeast flare-up, leave it out and add more stevia.
*I like to add a pinch of mineral-rich sea salt to my smoothies to boost flavor, stimulate lymphatic system, replenish electrolytes, aid digestion, and help my body access energy. I do not recommend common table salt which is often heated to extreme temperatures, iodized, bleached, processed, and refined.
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May all bellies be happy!