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Make your own Ultimate Smoothie

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Guest post by Marc Kneepkens, former health foods store owner.

Keep disease away (and the doctor), stay fit, cleanse, detoxify, energize.

We call it our ‘green drink’ or ‘spicy smoothie' -- every ‘ultimate’ smoothie includes several elements: the right liquids, herbs and spices, fresh greens, probiotics, and superfoods.

First of all, JUICES and FRUIT: Start out the right way and use healthy liquids, such as real juices, freshly pressed, or made of the best quality ingredients. When I started making my favorite smoothie, I pressed fresh oranges, every single time; however, I was living in Mexico, Guatemala, or the Middle East, where such fruits are abundant and inexpensive, and I had plenty of time. You can also use quality juices, like unpasteurized OJ or high quality OJ not made from concentrate, almond milk, flax milk, hemp milk, or soy milk, etc. Don’t use juices made from concentrate, it’s pretty much comparable to sugar water. You want to avoid processed foods as much as you can. Add whatever fresh fruits you have available, I usually add banana, papaya or pineapple. Depending on your location and the season, you could add berries or whatever is available. Any super fruit will do as well. Super fruits are real super foods. Experiment with taste and purpose.

Next, include some key ingredients: I always include fresh turmeric (or powder if fresh is not available), fresh garlic (several ‘toes’), and a bit of fresh ginger. Cut down to small pieces for easy blending. By using these you already have some of the top superfoods/spices, the best you can find.

Add in a few more spices and herbs: a small pinch of black pepper to ‘activate’ the turmeric. The combination of both is proven to have better results. A pinch of cinnamon, for taste, but also for its remarkable properties balancing blood sugar and energizing the spleen/pancreas. And finally a small pinch of some red hot spice: cayenne or red pepper.

Depending on what you have been able to source, add a bit of the following herbs and spices, always use just a pinch or a small teaspoon per person: I love to include ginseng powder, gingko powder, ashwaganda powder, kelp powder (bladder wrack), black cumin seeds, flax seeds and chia seeds. Do not buy any of these in capsules, but buy them in bulk at much more reasonable prices. They will last for a long time and give you much more value for the money. I have them organized in small containers that open quickly and store them properly.

Of course, in the end you need to create your own ‘cocktail’ of herbs and spices that appeal to you and considering whatever aspect of your health you want to work on. The favorite spices that I always include though are turmeric, garlic, ginger, cinnamon and red pepper or cayenne pepper. They are my big ‘five’. They have such a major impact on many aspects of our bodily systems that I don’t want to go without them.

An added bonus for more energy is by adding a spoonful of bee pollen, another amazing superfood.

No perfect smoothie comes without adding probiotics for your digestive system. An easy choice is kefir. You can make it yourself or buy it, get the natural kind, not the processed ones. The same goes for yoghurt. I prefer kefir over yoghurt, but if you do the latter, use the plain kind, and find a natural brand that does not pasteurize or process the ingredients such as major dairy companies do. This is the only dairy product that I ever add to my smoothies. Regular milk products are mucus forming and come with too many health hazards.

Use any other probiotic instead of kefir or yoghurt. Such as kombucha tea, fermented veggies, apple cider vinegar, etc. or find a quality supplement containing quality strains of microflora.

Once you have all of these ingredients in your blender, cut up some fresh greens and add to the mix. Use parsley, cilantro, kale, spinach, dandelion- yes, dandelions are very healthy, just don’t pick them anywhere near where people have been spraying them. Use a handful of greens per person and mix with all the rest. This will add a lot of freshness, green power and ‘life’ to your smoothie. If you have access to fresh picked organic vegetables, cut off the leaves and use in the smoothie. You can add more raw vegetables if you want. Another veggie serving, my favorite one is celery. Another favorite is fresh aloe vera. Buy or cut a big leaf of aloe vera, cut off the hard outer shell and add the sticky contents to your blender.

To finalize, and to make the smoothie deliciously creamy, add a fresh avocado. Peel and add while blending. You can add in the avocado’s pit if you want to, there’s plenty of nutrients in it as well. You can also add a healthy sweetener if you like it sweet, such as a bit of raw honey, natural maple syrup, or stevia. But you know … blending all of these different ingredients makes for a unique fresh taste experience in which a sweetener is not really required.

Another question: what kind of blender do I need? Very simple, for years now I have used a $25.00 blender I bought at Walmart. Just start by adding the liquids, cut most of your ingredients up a little, and do a quick blend once in a while as you fill it up.

Sound like a lot of work? Sure, last time I made my drink I counted about 25 ingredients. We usually make it for several days and fill up a couple of extra glasses and cover them with plastic wrap. You don’t need to add all of these ingredients, just follow the basic idea: quality liquids, spices and herbs, superfoods/fruits, probiotics and fresh greens. Lots of health in one glass. We never get sick, always feel energized, and we are super active. Cheers.

Aloe Vera Apple Cider Vinegar Ashwagandha Avocado Banana Bee Pollen Black Cumin Black Pepper Bladderwrack Cayenne Celery Chia Seeds Cilantro Cinnamon Dandelion Flax Milk Flax Seeds Garlic Ginger Gingko Ginseng Hemp Milk Honey Juicing Kale Kelp Kombucha Maple Syrup Papaya Parsley Pineapple Protein Drink Protein Smoothie Red Pepper Soy Milk Spinach Stevia Superfood Smoothie Superfoods Superfruits Turmeric Vinegar Yoghurt

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