(smooth-ju: smoothies and juices!)
Q: Kathy, do you believe in juice cleanses?
A: I think the real value of cleansing is that it helps to balance out cravings, increases energy by giving your digestive system a rest from having to process solid foods, increases mental alertness, and just acts as a good reset button for your body. But, I don’t believe people should look to cleansing solely as a weight loss solution, even though that may be a side benefit of doing it.
Tips for a smooth-ju cleanse:
- If you feel the need to chew, feel free to nibble on any of the ingredients within the smoothies.
- Experiment with whatever ingredients are in your kitchen! Smooth-ju recipes are often flexible to fit your tastebuds…and budget!
- Feel free to blend a little extra and sip on while you’re on the go!
1 lemon, peeled
Put all ingredients in juicer and enjoy!
Spicy Apple Smoothie
3 leaves chard
Ginger to taste
1 C. cold water
1/2 green apple
Put all ingredients into a blender. Add more water as needed. Best if served cold.
1 C. broccoli
1 1/2 C. cold water
1 leaf kale
1 C. arugula
1 juiced lemon
Cut the skin off the lemon and juice. Set aside. Blend the broccoli, water, kale, avocado and arugula until smooth. Add in the lemon juice and mix. Best if served cold.
Blueberry Protein Shake
1/2 C. frozen blueberries
1/2 C. frozen strawberries
8 oz (1 C.) unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
1 squeeze lemon
Blend together and enjoy!
Classic Green Juice
4 stalks celery
Handful of kale
1 lemon, peeled
Juice all ingredients together. Best if served cold.
Tropical Coconut with Greens Smoothie
1/2 C. coconut water, chilled
1/2 C. cold water
Handful of spinach
1 Cucumber, sliced
2 stalks of celery
Squirt of lemon juice
Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Best if served cold.