Salty Alkaline Kale Green Smoothie24
Today, I continue sharing some of the anti-cancer smoothies I created for the Thrive Alive Foundation in Canada. We started last week with the Brazil Nut Berry Smoothie, and we continue today with this salty alkaline kale green smoothie. Now, I will say right off the bat that this salty savoury smoothie will not be for everyone. If you are new to green smoothies, I would suggest starting with a sweet fruity green smoothie to ease into the idea and taste of blended greens. But for those of you who are more adventurous, this smoothie is a delicious healthy alkaline smoothie to include in your weekly eating regime. I think it tastes like liquid guacamole! YUMMO!
I love cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower for boosting immunity and fighting carcinogens and free radical damage. My favourite dark green leafy vegetable to include in green smoothies is kale. Kale is absolutely loaded with nutrients! Kale contains powerful phytochemicals and antioxidants that are thought to suppress tumor growth and block cancer-causing substances from damaging cells. Kale also helps protect cells from stress, and contains vitamins A, B, C and folate, which work together to help prevent cancer growth.
I have also added in some broccoli sprouts. These little sprouts are powerful! Broccoli sprouts are loaded with goodies and powerful antioxidants that can help combat cancers. I love sprouts because they are living whole foods that supply live enzymes to a healing body. Broccoli sprouts are a rich source of the phytochemical, sulforaphane, which is thought to aid in preventing some types of cancer by deactivating free radicals and carcinogens.
I have also added a couple of raw tomatoes to take advantage of the vitamin C and the flavanoid, lycopene, which prevents cellular damage and attacks free radicals. The tomatoes also add a gorgeous rich flavour to this smoothie. I always include a whole unpeeled washed cucumber to my salty smoothies for texture and water content. Cucumbers are also one of the most alkalizing foods you can put into your body. I eat a cucumber every single day.
I have thickened this smoothie with a whole avocado. Avocados are my favourite way to add a creamy texture to any kinds of green smoothies. You also get the added benefit of the healthy oils and the powerful antioxidant called glutathione that attacks free radicals in the body. Avocados also contain more supply more potassium than bananas, and are a strong source of beta-carotene.
The final vital ingredient that makes this smoothie special is some fresh garlic. I swallow a few cloves of raw garlic every day to take advantages of the powerful anti fungal, anti bacterial, and antiviral properties. Garlic also acts as a probiotic that helps eliminate toxins and heavy metals from the body; contains quercetin and sulfur compounds that can help protect cells from free radical damage and inhibit tumor growth; and is a powerful blood cleanser.
I also LOVE the taste! In my opinion, you can never get enough garlic. An injection of garlic took this salty smoothie from simple to sublime. Garlic gives your antioxidant defense system a kick and tops the US Cancer Institute’s list of anti-cancer foods.
So hop into this anti-cancer liquid guacamole and ward off the vampires at the same time! Bev, this is for you! YUMMO!
Salty Alkaline Kale Green Smoothie
- 2 cups firmly packed curly kale
- 2 cups fresh tomato chopped roughly (about 2 large tomatoes)
- 1 large cucumber chopped roughly
- 1 whole avocado pitted and chopped
- 2 whole limes peeled and quartered
- 1 cup ice
- 2 cups filtered water
- ½ cup broccoli sprouts
- 1 inch piece of creamed coconut
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 tsp Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt
- Throw all the ingredients in your blender (I use a Vitamix) and puree until smooth and creamy.
- Serves 2.
Piggy Cooking Tips
how to select and store kale
To select the best tasting kale with the highest nutritional density look for varieties that have bright rich coloured leaves that are firm and energetic. The stems should be moist and crisp. Buy organic wherever possible and avoid leaves that are wilted, discoloured, bruised or have holes. Kale is very delicate and will become yellow, bitter, and lose much of its nutritional properties very quickly if not stored correctly. Do not wash the kale, but rather, enclose it in a plastic bag taking out as much of the air as possible. Then store in a cold fridge for up to five days. The Tupperware vegetable storers with the “breathers” are phenomenal for storing kale! For all of you fellow “tupper-tarts” out there – you know what I am talking about!