I believe that food is the foundation of good health. Especially when you’re trying to recover from an illness like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, or cancer. I’ve done a lot of research about healing with nutrition and vegetables are a recurring theme. Clearly, their magical phytonutrients are a good thing for me to have. I eat at least 9 cups of organic veggies a day and 2 fruit servings. My blissful smoothie packs at least 6 cups of veggies! I prefer smoothies over juicing because I get all the gorgeous beneficial gut bacteria known as fiber. Win-Win. It’s bliss in a blender. I am not only sharing my recipe but why I use each ingredient.
One Small Beet
I hated beets as a kid. Probably because we ate beets out of a can. Yuck! But here in sunny California I can get fresh beets almost year-round. Beets are a super food. They are high in phytonutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins. They are helpful for cardiovascular disease and cancer because they are anti-inflammatory. Beets also help detox your liver and kidneys. I just wash and peel a whole beet and pop it in the blender. Raw beets have less sugar than cooked beets.
An Apple a Day
Did you know apples contain polyphenols? And those little buggers fight cancer and tumors. They also help prevent inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and infections. I wash and core one small green apple and pop it in the blender. Green apples are lower in sugar than red apples. They also have more vitamins and twice as much vitamin A.
We all know leafy greens like kale, spinach, mustard greens, and collards are good for us. They are full of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. Did you know that leafy greens pack a calcium punch too? Eating leafy greens lowers your risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes. I add 2 cups of leafy greens to the blender.
What’s Up Doc
Bunnies really shouldn’t have carrots every day, but you should. Their beta-carotene plays a huge role in ramping up your immune system. Carrots also boost eye health and lower blood pressure. I toss one carrot into the blender. Raw carrots have less sugar than cooked carrots.
Did you know celery is a member of the carrot family? Cool uh? I love celery! It too reduces inflammation. Notice the anti-inflammation theme? I believe that inflammation is the root of all diseases. Celery has an alkalizing effect on my temple pod, reducing inflammation. It works in synergy with all the other inflammation reducing plants in my blender. I add one stalk of the to the blissful smoothie.
Strawberry Fields Forever
The strawberry is tiny but mighty! It’s packed with vitamins and antioxidants. These little packages of love increase good cholesterol, lower blood pressure and guard against cancer. I eat only organic veggies and fruits. But if you aren’t choosy about organic please be choosy about this one. Buy organic. You can even find organic frozen strawberries at your local grocery.
The Power of Turmeric
Do you like Indian food? I love it! It’s loaded with curry blends and most curries have turmeric. This is spice is a superstar. It reduces inflammation, reduces blood clots, eases depression, controls type 2 diabetes, lowers cholesterol, helps pain, kills bacteria, and fights cancer. It’s no wonder it’s used in Ayurvedic medicine. I add ½ inch piece of organic turmeric root.
I use ginger when I cook Asian inspired dishes. It also makes a lovely tea if you have an upset stomach. But when I started researching it, I had no idea how powerful this little root was. It’s anti-inflammatory, probably inhibits cancer growth, lowers cholesterol, increases cognitive function, and fights bacterial infections. I love the spicy taste of ginger, so I add at least ½ inch piece to the mix.
Remember Chia Pet? Yep! It’s the same thing. I add chia seeds to my blissful smoothie because they add some fat and protein. In addition, these little powerhouses have manganese, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Research shows they can help with blood sugars and are a potential cancer fighter. And guess what else they do? Bingo! They reduce inflammation. They are a nice addition to my smoothie, but I don’t just add them willy nilly.
Put the Seeds in the Coconut
Drinking coconut water helps maintain your electrolytes, aids in digestion and lowers blood pressure. I pour 4 ounces of coconut water in a glass. Next, I add1 tablespoon of Chia seeds. I let the Chia seeds soak for 30 minutes. Then I dump it into the blender. By doing this step the Chia seeds play nicely with others.
Add Some Fat
Fat helps your tummy absorb the nutrients in your smoothie. I like to add a tablespoon of olive oil to my smoothie. I know that might sound gross, but you can’t taste it. You could also add coconut oil or avocado!
The final step in making my blissful smoothie is adding filtered water to the max fill line and blending. Thanks to my mother-in-law I have a fancy blender. It matters because I use it almost daily. You want the best blender you can afford. Because I don’t remove the fiber, I blend my smoothie twice. I don’t want to suck grossness up in my stainless-steel straw. It’s supposed to be blissful not grody.
Change it up
Yes! You can change it up. Sometimes I use blueberries or blackberries. I’ve been known to use an orange instead of an apple. You can put whatever you want in your blissful smoothie because you are the boss of you. All I would say is to do your research and then go forth based on your needs.