Okay, it won’t be so much advice for beginners, but those of you who are interested in the idea of using your smoothie making and consumption endeavors for the purposes of a once-off or annual detoxification of body, mind and spirit, well, I think I’ve grabbed your attention, haven’t I. What I’m going to be doing here while dispensing useful information on the smoothie detox diet is giving you my usual dose of inspiration along with some introspective green smoothie ingredients ideal for the blender and the smoothie detox diet.
I’ll be honest with you, guys; I’m not a big fan of the detox process. I’ve tried it a few times before and I gave up at the first opportunity or half way through the program. You see, there were entirely good reasons for giving up so easily. Well, that’s the excuse I’m giving you anyhow. But the main reason for not being able to keep up with the green smoothie diet program before was because I just wasn’t properly prepared for it.
What is detoxing?
Essentially, detoxing is a significant part of achieving and maintaining good health. It can also be used, with caution, as a necessary means towards losing weight.
A list of detox greens
This list is endless. I’m just wondering now. Say now that we run out of time and space again, you know what, I can always slot the rest of these detox greens in somewhere else. Posts ahead, they all tie up and are quite relevant. Perhaps not the upcoming article on kids’ smoothies, but anyway.
First a general overview on leafy greens
If you’re going to go on a detox or weight-loss diet, you need to be using as many greens as possible. I’ve been picking up expert information on the use of fiber while doing the detox diet. I’m not sure I even agree with this. Surely you need your fiber. Okay, so here’s what you do. Go to the internet and see for yourselves what they say about using fiber. It’s up to you. Be that as it may, greens such as lettuce, kale and spinach are filled to the brim with phytonutrients but they are low in calories. And yes, they are high in fiber.
Here’s a list of greens to use
- Spinach – This is a versatile vegetable which can also be used in salads. Old school folks have been boiling the life out of them before. Anyway, the spinach is rich in vitamins A and C, folic acid and iron. And fiber.
- Lettuce – It’s made up mostly with water, but it contains vitamins A, C and K, and folic acid.
- Kale – This trendy and versatile green contains a load of vitamin, folic acid, potassium and calcium.
- Chard – Focus on using this green’s leaves. This is where its vitamins and a fair amount of iron are found.
Green superfood supplements
So-called superfood supplements can and are used by regular detox practitioners. This depends a lot on their unique physiological and psychological make-ups in the sense that during their bodies’ detoxifying processes, there may be deficiencies without which their bodies can do. Same story here as with our detox greens list. If there’s no more space for the entire list, I’ll see where it can be relevant further down the line. If not, not a biggie, the posts are turning out to be quite informative and charming, aren’t they.
That’s it. No way, Hose! There’s no way I’m listing any of these products. It’s a commercial thing, you see. What I can do so long is just fill you in briefly how to use these ingredients. The so-called superfoods are designed for convenience. When in a hurry, all you need to do is scoop one or two tablespoons of the stuff into your blender and there you go. But do you know what; green and natural foods are super foods all on its own. Rather use foods like coconut oil and yogurt, as well as the pulp from the fruits that you’re using to boost your energy intake.
I think, on second thoughts, these superfood powders should be re-branded as lazy food for lazy folks. I know I was lazy once upon a time.
- Greek yogurt – I learned something new today. Take back what I said before. All along before I had been telling you guys to use non-fat or fat-free yogurt. Apart from Greek yogurt having a much higher yield of protein than other yogurts and healthy fat foods, experts say that you can use full fat Greek yogurt.
- Coconut oil – This is a natural superfood all on its own. It’s essential for those who want to lose weight. Like Greek yogurt, the coconut oil contains healthy fats. The purpose behind using such ingredients like coconut oil and Greek yogurt is that it fills us up and prevents having to rush off and eat extra when we think we’re hungry.
- This is not pulp fiction – Fiber, lots of fiber when you use the pulp from your fruit. Alongside your blender, some of you may have been trying out juicing. Next time you do the juicing, and the dishes, don’t throw the pulp away and add it to your smoothie blender mix.
Another note on healthy fats
I’m so in love with avocado pears now, I tell you. Now we all know that weight loss regimes do not mean that we must now starve ourselves of fats. These are healthy fats. Feel only good about yourself and not guilty when you use avocados, nuts (without the salt) and coconut oil. It’s all good.
I wanted to list more detox ingredients for you to have a look at, but guess what, we’ve run out of time (and space) again. No guarantees that I’ll find some relevance for it later, but I’ve saved my notes and will see whether I can squeeze them into later work, like squeezing juice, but not the pulp, from your juicer.