Back in December in the heat of cookie baking and candy making, Nicola from G-Free Mom invited me to be a part of her “Detox January” event, a month of detoxing smoothies and juices to kick start the new year healthfully. I eagerly jumped in, along with dozens of other bloggers, and couldn’t wait to start spreading some smoothie joy!
Nicola’s personal experience with cancer as well dealing with the health issues of her son, which you can read about here, are both touching stories in and of themselves. Far more inspiring, though, is her desire to pursue optimal health and cancer prevention through healthy eating. Her dedication to wholesome food along with her desire to spread the word about nutrition-based disease prevention are incredibly motivating.
There’s a quote I love from Dr. Mark Hyman that says: “The fork is your most powerful tool to change your health and the planet; food is the most powerful medicine to heal chronic illness.”
I could not agree more, which is why I’m participating in this event. Health starts in our homes, in our kitchens. It’s what we eat that makes us who we are. Today I’m sharing a smoothie favorite of mine, my Green “Creamsicle” Smoothie. It’s nutrient-packed but you’d never know it from the luscious taste.
Here are a few more of my favorite detox-friendly recipes from the archives:
- Raw “Everything” Salad
- Garlicky Green Soup
- Super Immunity Minestrone
- Black Bean Lettuce Wraps
- Red Rice, Cucumber, and Avocado Salad
Green “Creamsicle” Smoothie - makes 1 creamy and delicious smoothie
1/2 medium ripe banana
1/2 cup frozen mango or pineapple chunks
1 cup mild greens such as baby spinach or mache
1 two-inch piece cucumber, peeled or unpeeled
1/4 of a ripe avocado
1/4 cup unsweetened almond or rice milk
1/4 cup water
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until creamy and smooth.