Meals this cold and snowy winter consisted of large portions of soul warming foods such as macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and roasted meats. Night after night, for the last 4 months, I’ve enjoyed all my favorite foods. There is nothing wrong with eating winter foods in winter—it’s what your body needs. But, it’s time to lighten up. Spring is coming and I’m ready for green foods. 

Spring is a good time to detox or reset the way you eat. Spring is the season where we transition from warming cold weather vegetables like squash and potatoes to green foods like kale and lettuces.

If you’re like me, I have a hard time getting enough of what my body needs—a daily dose of greens. About a year ago, I started drinking a green smoothie each morning. I feel so much better. I don’t have to worry about eating a salad for lunch or dinner. After you drink it, I swear you can feel your body healing!

This is the prettiest green drink. I put my favorite healthy greens into this super nutritious smoothie. Please adjust it to your own tastes. I’m not much of a sugar or sweet smoothie fan, so my smoothies are more lemony, earthy, and tangy. Feel free to add more banana or some honey to sweeten it up if needed. 

Here are a few nutritional facts about the ingredients I use.

Parsley: my personal #1 favorite smoothie ingredient. It’s a wonderfully nutritious and healing food. Parsley is the most universally known vegetable and has over 80 different nutrients. It has over 575% of the recommend daily allowance of vitamin K in 1/2 cup.  Don’t skip this superfood!

Kale: full of vitamin K, plus antioxidants, fiber, calcium, vitamin A, iron, magnesium —all essential for digestion, and immunity and bone health

Green apples: high in fiber. Don’t peel because eating the peel improves the detoxification process. Plus, it helps the liver and digestive system eliminate harmful toxins

Lemon: loaded with vitamin C and is excellent at detoxification, has anti-bacterial properties, is a blood purifier, pH balancer, and liver cleanser

Bananas: have fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, B6, and A, all of which promote healthy digestion

Spinach: full of potassium, vitamin C, which hydrates skin, helps de-bloat, and has electrolytes

Ginger: adds flavor and helps with digestion

Avocado: packs a punch of healthy omega-3 fats and acts as an emulsifier. Without adding this to your smoothie, it will separate with fiber on the top and liquid on the bottom

Green Detox Smoothies

Serves 1

1 cup baby spinach, packed

1 cup baby kale, packed

1/2 cup parsley 

1 lemon, juiced

1 medium green apple, chopped

1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger

1 cup cold water

1 heaping cup ice cubes

1 banana

1/3 cup ripe avocado

Place all ingredients in a blender, except the avocado and banana. Blend on high until very smooth—about 3-5 minutes. Add the avocado and banana and blend on high for an additional minute. Pour into a large glass and serve immediately.

Lisa Erickson is a food columnist who loves adventure and food. You can find more recipes at www.wild-chow.com or email her at wildchowrecipes@gmail.com.

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