Did you have too much to eat over the holidays? Still working on loosing that extra weight and or bloat? While I'm not a fan of detoxing or starving your body to lose weight, you can safely cleanse your body from holiday over-eating and high sugar consumption by eating lots of clean super foods, lean protein, healthy fats and nutrient-dense vegetables.
The easiest way to jump-start healthy eating in the New Year is to cleanse your body with my Kale Protein Smoothie Recipe. This super-shake is a power-house of anti-oxidants and health-boosting nutrients, but most importantly it’s delicious! The recipe is a healthy balance of vegetables, fruit, fibre, ginger (for digestion), heart-healthy fats, probiotics, and clean protein.
1 cup filtered water
1-2 large kale leafs
1 mini cucumber
1 tsp fresh ginger root (2-3 thin slices)
1/2 cup organic whole milk plain, unsweetened yogurt
1 tbsp all-natural peanut butter (organic if possible)
1 cup frozen mango
1 tsp Greens+ supplement or similar
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
Wash the vegetables. Cut off the ends of the cucumber and cut into chunks. Add to the blender.
Remove the kale leaves from as much of the thick stem as possible. Break up the leaves into smaller pieces and add to blender.
Add the remaining ingredients (except for the protein powder), putting the frozen mango on top. Blend on low for a few seconds, then medium, and finally on high. Use more water as needed to facilitate blending.
Once everything is combined, add the protein powder with the blender still running. Blend for another 10-15 seconds.
Serve in a tall glass or pour into a blender bottle to enjoy later. Keep the smoothie in the fridge until you're ready to drink it. Give it a good shake if it's been sitting for a while.
Options & Substitutions
Replace the mango with peaches, nectarines, or a banana
Omit the peanut butter and replace with any other nut butter or ¼ cup of nuts
Replace the water with plain, unsweetened almond milk
Replace the yogurt with an organic kefir
Use spinach or collard greens instead of kale
Add celery instead of cucumber
Omit the Greens+ supplement