Kick Off Summer with an Apple Alkalaid Smoothie from The Blender Girl
This crisp, refreshing summer blend has been one of the most popular drinks in The Blender Girl Smoothies app. Intensely hydrating, alkalizing, and detoxifying, this green smoothie helps to calm inflammation in the body. The pectin and mineral salts in the apples combine with the oxalic acid in the spinach for a powerful laxative effect to alleviate constipation and cleanse the colon. Cayenne stimulates the lymphatic system and gets your digestion moving, too—but use a light hand or it’ll set your mouth on fire!
This low calorie, low fat, high fiber blend is also wonderful for weight loss. Because Nutiva chia seeds absorb about eight times their weight in water, they are a brilliant addition to this weight loss and cleansing smoothie as they help us to feel full, and bulk up food in the colon, assisting with detoxification and elimination.
Chia is an immunity and longevity warrior. The richest plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids, it delivers complete protein and soluble fiber, lots of calcium and iron, plus powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents. It’s also great for cellular, digestive, heart, bone, and respiratory health; balancing mood and hormones; and boosting brain function. And chia is also a nice addition to workout shakes, assisting with muscle and tissue building.
Chia is also a healthy, low-fat, sugar-free thickening agent, helping to thicken watery smoothies and other dishes. Just 1 to 2 tablespoons of chia energizes the body and blends into most flavor profiles virtually undetected. Toss in 1 to 2 tablespoons of seeds (no need to grind them) and let your blend chill for 15 to 30 minutes. Or make a chia gel by whisking 2 tablespoons chia seeds into 1 cup of filtered water. Let the mixture stand for about 10 to 15 minutes, then whisk again, and allow to stand for another 10 minutes. Chill in the fridge for up to a week, and add to your smoothies and dishes.
Apple Alkalaid Smoothie Recipe from The Blender Girl
1⁄2 cup (120ml) coconut water or water
2 green apples, skin on, cored and roughly chopped (grated, if using a conventional blender)
1 cup (27g) loosely packed baby spinach
1 medium lemon, peeled, seeded, and quartered
1⁄2 medium cucumber, chopped
1 teaspoon minced ginger
10 drops alcohol-free liquid stevia, plus more to taste
1 cup (125g) ice cubes
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon wheatgrass powder
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Throw all of the ingredients (except the ice cubes) into your blender and blast on high for about 1 minute, until smooth. Add the ice and blast for a few seconds more, until smooth and chilled.
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