The Doctor’s Detox Smoothie

A big part of my getting healthier is starting with a smoothie. My doctor wants me drinking this at least 5 mornings a week for the next 2-3 months. Drinking a smoothie every morning for breakfast? No problem!

Except here is a pic of the typical smoothie that I’m used to drinking:

OJ, organic vanilla yogurt, a banana, blueberries, some spinach, a little flax seed maybe some chia seeds. Healthy right? Of course, it is. Nothing wrong with a smoothie like this. My boys love smoothies like these and I’m so glad. I mean, how else do you get your kids to eat spinach and flax seed?

The problem for me is that this kind of smoothie makes my blood sugar spike. The sugar in the juice and the fruit and the yogurt starts my day on a sugar high. I can’t do that anymore. So here’s my new smoothie. My liver detox smoothie:

First is the liquid. Either one cup of water or coconut water. I recommend it being cold. I use the coconut water.
Next comes the greens. Either spinach or kale. A good hand full will do.

Then some red cabbage. Never thought I’d be putting red cabbage in a breakfast smoothie.

Adding to the veggies are some beets. I’ve really grown to love beets. But I love them roasted in a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. In a smoothie? Uh…sure.
Next, I add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Apparently cinnamon is really good for you. Lowers blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, treats yeast infections, is an antioxidant, may reduce inflammation, and fights bacteria. Awesome right? Love cinnamon! My problem is that I’m used to getting my cinnamon on toast with butter and sugar. Now it’s going into my smoothie.

My doctor has me add the following supplements to my smoothie: resveratrol (found in red wine, yea!) and turmeric (anti-inflammatory and disease preventative). I have to add 10ml of each. Both of these are an important component of my liver detox.

Yea! Something sweet! You can add either a pear, pineapple, or mango to my smoothie. Berries are not recommended.

Two new words that I love: good fat. Avocados are a good fat, just like me. I like to think of myself as a good fat. I added 1//2 of the avocado. Could also add some olive oil, another good fat, but I like the idea of creamy avocado better.
What I don’t have a picture of is the protein powder that I have to add. It’s called Vital Clear and it is a veggie based protein powder that is for liver detox. 5 scoops of Vital Clear goes into my smoothie.
All of this will make a very thick smoothie, so be sure you all plenty water or coconut water. I’ve found adding a little ice helps too. Makes it a little colder and a little easier to drink.
Before…
After!
Thank goodness for the beets, turmeric, and red cabbage that turn it this nice red color. The whole recipe makes about 16 ounces=1pint. About the same about what you would pay good money for at your local smoothie shop.

I’m not gonna lie to you. That first sip is a doozy. Especially when you’re used to always drinking a sweet smoothie like I was. But the more you drink it, the more you get used to it. With each sip, I try to focus on how healthy this little drink is going to make me while trying to ignore the Pop Tarts that my boys are scarfing down next to me.

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