This is a very short post today, as this is my last day with my parents before they fly back to Australia. Boo! But, the good news is that they will be back in 7 weeks. Yipppeeee! So, I will refrain from blubbering all the way home from the airport on the 405 listening to love songs on the coast.
I promised to post my mum's favorite green smoothie before she left, so here it is. She loves this pineapple ginger-ade green smoothie. This blend is a delightful sweet and mild introduction to green smoothies that utilizes radish greens.
If you haven't used the leaves of red radishes in smoothies, these leafy legends are the best-kept secret in the smoothie-making world. Not only radish greens contain more protein, calcium, and vitamin C than the roots, but they’re surprisingly mild in flavor (they taste a lot like lettuce) and go all-but unnoticed in virtually any blend.
For a typical 32-ounce smoothie use about 1 cup of radish greens, which is the amount of greens on a regular bunch of red radishes. Radish greens are not sold separately, so you need to get the roots as well. The leaves are usually covered in soil, so wash them thoroughly to avoid a gritty mouthfeel or a glass full of dirt.
Rich in vitamins A, C, and K, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, radish greens are wonderful blood purifiers and boost bone, kidney, and heart health, and keep our skin, hair, and nails looking gorgeous.
Coupled with the anti-inflammatory power of the pineapple and ginger, this sweet blend packs a ton of medicinal mojo as well as awesome flavor. Enjoy.
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*Probiotic Powder - I add 1/2 teaspoon of probiotic powder to all smoothies to replenish stores of healthy bacteria for immunity, digestion, detox, and to balance the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and other sweeteners. The really potent probiotics require refrigeration. If you have capsules, break the shell and release the powder. Unsweetened probiotic-rich liquids like kefirs (water, coconut water, milk varieties) or kombucha make wonderful health-promoting additions to shakes, too.
*Celtic Sea Salt - I add a pinch (or more) of this alkalizing, mineral-rich salt to all smoothies to boost the natural flavor of fruits and veggies; temper the acidity of sweet fruits and sweeteners; stimulate the lymphatic system; replenish electrolytes; aid digestion; and help the body access energy. I do not recommend adding common table salt which is generally heated to extreme temperatures, iodized, bleached, processed, and refined. This salt does not have the same benefits. If you have a health condition that requires you to limit your sodium intake consult your doctor before adding salt to your smoothies.