It’s day 1 of our healing whole foods detox cleanse! I’m so excited to share our detox cleanse with all of you and I hope that doing it will help you start on the path to vibrant health and wellness! This Strawberry Green Smoothie is a day 1 green smoothie recipe that I made in May 2012 and decided to include in the recipes for our 5 day healing whole foods detox cleanse because I love it so much! This smoothie should be enjoyed for both breakfast and a mid-afternoon snack. This fantastic green smoothie is packed with nutrients to help you stop the clock on aging and increase your energy at the same time!
The following post is what I wrote for the recipe in May 2012 when I made this smoothie for the first time.
I just bought some juicy locally grown strawberries and as soon as I laid eyes on these beautiful red babies I knew I had to come up with several recipes to take advantage of their sweet flavor and wonderful health benefits.
Since I love drinking green smoothies for breakfast every day the first and quickest recipe I came up with is this anti-aging green energy smoothie. If I can enjoy a smoothie that tastes great, is easy to make, and can help slow down aging, I’m all for it!
This smoothie pairs some of my favorite anti-aging and energy foods together in one sweet and tasty drink. The smoothie has strawberries, cucumber, coconut water, coconut milk, spinach, and chia seeds. I will break down the individual nutrients in each ingredient so you can fully understand just why this smoothie combination is so good at fighting aging and giving you more energy.
Strawberries are high in antioxidants, vitamin C, iron, biotin, and fiber. Antioxidants like vitamin C protect our cells from free radical damage and inflammation which contribute to premature aging. Vitamin C is vital for connective tissue (collagen) formation which keeps our skin looking young. Vitamin C also protects the skin against sun damage.
The Biotin (B7) in strawberries is a water soluble vitamin which helps build strong hair and nails. Strawberries also contain the antioxidant ellagic acid which protects the elastic fibers in our skin to help prevent sagging.
Cucumbers are water-rich which keeps you hydrated and promotes better energy. Their high water content also supports healthy kidneys. The skin of the cucumber is loaded with chlorophyll and silicon which builds the blood and promotes smooth, supple skin.
Silicon is very important for improving the condition of aging skin, hair, and nails. Silicon increases the strength and thickness of the skin. Cucumbers are also a great source of vitamin C, and B vitamins.
Coconut water is a refreshing beverage that is loaded with calcium, potassium, and magnesium which are electrolytes that replenish and hydrate our bodies. Coconut water also contains B vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, and antioxidants which all help prevent premature aging.
Coconut water is also a rich source of plant hormones called cytokinins. Cytokinins have been shown to slow down aging of human cells and tissues. You can get fresh coconut water from young coconuts which have a white outer shell or purchase packaged coconut water from Harvest Bay, Body Ecology, or Zico.
Spinach is a top source of chlorophyll and iron two potent blood builders. Iron is a key mineral that carries oxygen throughout our body and promotes healthy circulation and beautiful skin.
Chia seeds contain protein, all the essential amino acids, calcium, magnesium, antioxidants, potassium, B vitamins, omega-3 essential fatty acids, and soluble fiber which makes these seeds a potent superfood. Omega-3 essential fatty acids will make your skin glow!
These tiny super seeds are also hydrophilic or water loving and can absorb many times their weight in water which makes them extremely hydrating to the body. Chia seeds will decrease inflammation in your body while boosting your energy.
Now it’s time for the recipe so you can experience the anti-aging and energy benefits of this delicious green smoothie! You can freeze the strawberries if you want your smoothie creamy and cold.
For all you green smoothie lovers, what’s your favorite green smoothie? If you would like to contribute to the conversation, please take a moment to leave a comment.
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Anti-Aging Strawberry Energy Smoothie
Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free
3 cups unsweetened coconut water (good source for coconut products)
½ cup organic coconut milk—preservative free
2 cups organic strawberries
1 organic Persian cucumber—cut into large chunks
3 cups organic baby spinach
2 tablespoons Chia seeds
Stevia to taste
1. Place all ingredients inside a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately.