Friday, January 2, 2009

DETOX!!!

I need to lose a few pounds of holiday excess. Anyone else? Detox!! The three recipes for shakes and juices below are meant to be liquid meals that help decrease the amount of work your digestive system has to do. I will be suffering along with you to kickstart my year a bit lighter. Good luck to us all! :)

1. BLUEBERRY and ALMOND SHAKE
This could easily be made with any fruit—raspberries, peaches, mango, etc. Also, feel free to substitute rice or coconut milk for almond milk.

SERVES: 1
TIME: 5 minutes
1 scoop of a complete nutritional, whey protein fortified powder (not soy protein)
1/2 cup blueberries
1 scoop of a ProGreens type of powder (preferably with probiotics)
1 1/2 cups almond milk
Blend everything together.
2. BEET, CARROT, APPLE and GINGER JUICE
This juice is the most incredible color and is wonderfully sweet. Beets are said to lower blood pressure, carrots pack a super beta-carotene punch, apples are cancer-fighters and ginger just loves your heart.

SERVES: 1
TIME: 5 minutes
1 large or 2 medium beets, cut into wedges
1/2 lemon, zest and pith removed
2 large carrots
1 large apple, cut into wedges
1" piece of ginger
Juice everything into a glass, give it a stir and enjoy.

3. CUCUMBER, BASIL and LIME JUICE
This juice is especially refreshing when you blend it with a handful of ice cubes (use a whole lime if you do, as the acid is muted when it’s cold). Think of it as a detox-friendly mojito.

SERVES: 1
TIME: 5 minutes
1/2 cup fresh basil
1 English cucumber, cut in half lengthwise
1/2 lime, zest and pith removed
1 apple, cut into wedges
Starting with the basil, juice everything into a glass, give it a stir and enjoy.
Blessings and Namaste,
Anna

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