Monday, October 26, 2009

Wishing You A Smooth Week: Smoothie Recipe from Envision Beauty

Having just gotten over a cold (why yes, I am still whining about it), I've decided to be a little more proactive this flu season. I'll be adding a few more fruits, veggies and supplements to my life. I'm also thinking of trying this smoothie. I just got the recipe from the folks at Envision Beauty (makers of The Solution which I reviewed a while back).

Kimberly Snyder (founder of Envision Beauty) has shared a new take on her famous Green Smoothie recipe. It's a perfect change of seasons drink (featuring seasonal and super-nutritious kale). Take a look:

Fall Green Smoothie Recipe
3-4 full leaves of dinosaur kale OR 5 smaller leaves of curly kale
3 stalks of celery
2 Bosc pears
1 banana
1 1/2 cups of cold filtered water

Strip the kale leaves (whichever type you are using) off of the stem, discard stems, and blend all the rest of the ingredients until smooth. Tastes best cold, so be sure to use cold water. If your blender is not very strong, and takes longer to blend up, thereby warming the smoothie, make the night before and keep in the fridge overnight. Keeps for a maximum of up to 3 days in the fridge. Makes 4 servings.

Kale is one of the most mineral-rich, beautifying greens there is. It is abundant in calcium, lutein, iron, fiber and Vitamins A, K, and collagen-building Vitamin C. Kale has seven times the beta-carotene of broccoli and ten times more lutein. Full of phytochemicals, it also packs in Vitamin E, which rebuilds beautiful skin. Both Vitamins C and E are also found in abundance in The Solution.

As we switch from season to season our bodies can become more sensitive and it can be easier to get sick. The high content of Vitamin C in kale also helps with immunity, and kale’s naturally rich sulfur content helps boost the body's detoxification enzymes and provides a great cleansing response in the body to wash the system of toxins.

Aim to drink the Fall Green Smoothie 3 times a week or more.

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