Spring Cleansing Smoothie Bowl

Spring Cleansing Smoothie Bowl #cleanse #smoothiebowl #smoothie #recipe #stayvibrant

Spring is around the corner and it’s time to start cleansing! “Spring cleansing means detoxifying your body,” says Dr. Linda Page, naturopathic doctor and author of the book, Detoxification. The human body releases toxins during the detoxification process also abbreviated as detox. "Anybody can benefit from a cleansing. The body is coming out of what might be called hibernation,” says Dr. Page. During the winter months our bodies can be subject to stress such as weight gain from moving around less, eating unhealthy treats during holidays, and seeping more. Viruses like the cold or flu and the antibiotics that help fight them can also add toxins. Plus, not breathing as much fresh air because we’re inside more often also adds to a much needed cleansing period. Dr. Page suggests, “It's a way to recharge, rejuvenate, and renew.”

After reading Dr. Page’s work, I created an easy and delicious smoothie bowl that will aid my body in cleansing the unwanted winter buildup. Liver health is crucial for allowing  the human body to cleanse itself naturally. So, I started with coconut milk because it’s anti-inflammatory. Dairy, on the other hand, causes inflammation and would not aid in detoxification. Next, I chose blueberries because of the high concentration of antioxidants that help the liver detoxify. Lemon is also a vital asset in aiding the liver and gallbladder by reducing harmful bacteria. “Additionally, lemon helps the liver produce the necessary enzymes to maintain an alkaline condition in the body,” says Dr. Edward Group.

Vibrant Health’s Green Vibrance is also an essential ingredient for cleansing and maintaining our internal digestive system. Green Vibrance is a dynamic formula that has 25 billion probiotics and concentrated nutrition. I decided to not add a green vegetable to this smoothie because Green Vibrance already has that covered with 4 servings of fruits and vegetables. Plus, Green Vibrance supports the liver with beets, broccoli, green beans, zucchini, parsley, spinach, and so many more organic whole food ingredients. Green Vibrance already has spirulina, flax seed, and goji berry but, for the sake of this being a super cleansing smoothie I added more of those ingredients to make this smoothie bowl unmatched.

Spirulina is an amazing blue-green algae, that’s why it’s in Green Vibrance. Spirulina contains chlorophyll which is used for detoxification. It helps remove toxins, pollutants, and heavy metals from the blood.  Flax seeds are golden and are best absorbed when they are ground or milled. Like chia seeds, flax seeds have soluble fiber and get the digestive tract cleansed. Last, but not least, my favorite little berry, goji. I love goji berries because they are the highest known source of antioxidants. They support the liver and kidneys which are essential for detox. Goji berries are so strong they’re technically classified as a medicinal herb and if you are taking medication for diabetes, blood pressure, or any blood thinning medication you should always check with your doctor before consuming goji berries. Goji berries make a great topping for smoothie bowls.

All the ingredients in this smoothie are optional and please always use your own discretion on what to eat. The best part about making your own food is you’re the chef and you have complete control. Always keep in mind, “A spring cleanse is actually a very light diet. It focuses on digestion, elimination of accumulated wastes, and improving body functions,” says Dr. Page. This smoothie bowl is a light meal that you can enjoy for a cleanse or a clean meal to give your body a rest from heavier winter food.

Spring Cleanse ingredients

Spring Cleansing Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients:

1 cup Organic Coconut Milk

2 cups Organic Frozen Blueberries

1/2 Organic Lemon

1 scoop Vibrant Health Green Vibrance Powder

1 tsp Organic Spirulina Powder

Topping:

1 tbsp Organic Chia Seed

2 tbsp Organic Milled Flax Seed

1 tbsp Organic Goji Berries

Directions:

Start with squeezing half a lemon into a cup and removing all seeds from cup. Then, add this cup of squeezed lemon juice to blender. Now, add coconut milk and frozen blueberries to blender. Put blender top on and blend on medium speed or speed 7 if using a Vitamix. When the smoothie is blended well, pour into a bowl. TIP* If you would like to use the remaining smoothie left behind after you pour, add 1/2 cup of coconut milk to the blender. Put lid on and blend on medium speed again. Blend until the coconut milk and remaining smoothie are mixed together. Pour the smoothie mixture into the smoothie bowl and mix. Now, mix the 1 scoop of Green Vibrance Powder and the spirulina into smoothie bowl. These powders will mix in easily with a kitchen spoon. Next, add the toppings you choose to use and enjoy your smoothie bowl! 

About the Author:
Andrea creates vegan superfood recipes inspired by nature and posted on her blog Superchargedsmoothies.com. 
She loves wildlife and spends her leisure time outside hiking and camping. She enjoys being a yogi, growing organic produce, and is passionate about eating and living a healthy lifestyle. 
Andrea is in love with Vibrant Health's Green Vibrance. She uses it in her vegan superfood smoothies because it has the daily greens needed for optimum health. 

Easy Brunch Gut Healing Smoothie

 Easy Brunch Gut Healing Smoothie #recipe #smoothie #yum

Ease your tummy woes with a gut healing smoothie that is easy to digest and will provide relief. Smoothies are easy to digest because the ingredients are blended and doesn't cause stress on your stomach. Plus, your body absorbs more nutrients because the ingredients are easily digestible.

When experiencing indigestion, stomach aches, bloating, and flatulence stay away from indigestible carbohydrates to alleviate the discomfort. These include: corn, noodles, potatoes, artichokes, onions, pears, wheat, asparagus, beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, whole grains, diary, candies, and drinks with sweeteners. Many of the foods listed have nutritional benefits but, when your gut needs repair they may do more harm than good.

Always use a nondairy milk to reduce inflammation in your gut. Coconut milk is non-inflaming and tastes delicious. It's always important to include nine servings of fruits and vegetables in your diet everyday so your body has the building blocks to repair and heal your body. Green Vibrance has four and one half servings plus the added kale and strawberries equal to the total nine servings you need for the entire day. This allows your body to absorb the nutrients and you can sip on green tea and lemon water until your stomach feels better. Heavy meals like chicken and pasta taste great but when you're hurting it only delays recovery.

Speed recovery with ginger, the brown root of the tropical ginger plant, which has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years for the treatment of indigestion. Ginger also alleviates nausea, flatulence, and motion sickness.

Probiotics are also important for gut health because it provides the good bacteria it needs to heal. Vibrant Health's Green Vibrance has 25 billion live bacteria to ensure that your body has what it needs to replenish and maintain the good bacteria within your gut.

Now, let's blend up this smoothie!

Easy Brunch Gut Healing Smoothie #recipe #smoothie #yum

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 Cup Coconut Milk

2 Cups Fresh Kale

2 1/2 Cups Frozen Strawberries

1/2 inch piece of Ginger

1 Scoop Green Vibrance

EQUIPMENT: Blender, Knife and Spoon

DIRECTIONS: First prepare your ginger. Start with the piece of ginger and cut off 1/2 an inch. Use a spoon's edge to scrap off the ginger's skin. The spoon glides down the piece of ginger, stripping the skin off the ginger. Then add the peeled ginger to the blender with the 1/2 cup of coconut milk and 2 cups of kale. Blend on high until smooth. Add the 2 cups of frozen strawberries and blend on high until smooth. Lastly add the scoop of Green Vibrance to the blender and blend on high until distributed evenly. Pour smoothie into container. *Tip* If you would like to use the remaining smoothie stuck to the bottom and sides, pour another 1/2 cup of coconut milk into blender and blend on high. Pour remaining smoothie into your container, mix, and enjoy!

Sources for this article:

  1. Consumer Reports Guide to Better Health
  2. Vitamins and Monerals Handbook by Amanda Ursell

Enjoy,

Andrea Uhl

For more of my recipes visit SuperchargedSmoothies.com

About the Author:
Andrea creates vegan superfood recipes inspired by nature and posted on her blog Superchargedsmoothies.com. 
She loves wildlife and spends her leisure time outside hiking and camping. She enjoys being a yogi, growing organic produce, and is passionate about eating and living a healthy lifestyle. 
Andrea is in love with Vibrant Health's Green Vibrance. She uses it in her vegan superfood smoothies because it has the daily greens needed for optimum health. 

 

Detox Berry Superfood Smoothie

\Detox Berry Superfood Smoothie #stayvibrant #smoothies #superfoods

This raw, nutrient dense, and delicious smoothie will have you in awe at how great you can feel! I formulated this smoothie for a healthy mind and body looking for a detox with vital nutrients. This smoothie had me feeling full all morning and into the afternoon, plus I felt strong and energized. I used the superfood power of daikon, kale, chia seeds, and Green Vibrance to achieve this effect. 

Have you heard of Daikon? This Japanese superfood radish has been on my radar for many reasons. It's the white vegetable pictured above between the berries and kale. It's a dense vegetable that has a slight spiciness but mostly neutral taste and so many wonderful benefits to your health which makes this smoothie a complete meal. 

Daikon is …

1. High in Vitamin C & B-6.

2.  Contains many phytochemicals like indoles which are detoxifying agents as well as zea-xanthin, lutein and beta carotene, which are flavonoid antioxidants. 

3. Digestive aid that helps the body process proteins, oil, fat, and carbs.

4. Helps the kidneys discharge excess water.

5. Helps dissolve mucus and phlegm to aid the respiratory system.

6. Helps prevent the formation of dangerous chemicals and carcinogens inside the body. 

7. Excellent source of calcium. 

8. Helps the liver process toxins. 

9. Helps eliminate colon waste.

10. Also an excellent source of potassium, iron, copper, sulfur, phosphorus, and fiber. 

Wow, so much health in one little white radish! Now, on to the kale, which is more popular in the smoothie world. Kale is packed with potassium, manganese, and vitamins A, K, and C so, its popularity is no surprise. Chia seeds are also up and coming as well. This is because of Chia's high fiber, protein, Omega 3's, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus content.

Green Vibrance is my secret weapon for adding loads of greens without the added bulk that raw veggies have. Green Vibrance supports a healthy digestive tract, supplies micronutrients, improves nutrient absorption, and has so many more amazing benefits that you can read about here

Lastly, the frozen berries, banana, and non-diary milk add even more fiber, potassium, vitamins C and E. 

So, what does this all mean for you? The health benefits of this combo are shifting your bodily functions toward the ideal.  When your body can eliminate waste and toxins while absorbing vital nutrients you're providing an environment of health. Your body can heal itself if given proper nutritional support. 

“The next major advance in the health of the American people will be determined by what the individual is willing to do for himself.” -John Knowles, Former President of the Rockefeller Foundation

It's your choice what you consume. Choose wisely and live well. 

Detox Berry Superfood Smoothie #stayvibrant #smoothies #superfoods

Detox Berry Superfood Smoothie Ingredients: 

1 cup raw daikon radish 

1 scoop Green Vibrance 

1/2 cup almond or coconut milk

1 ripe banana

1 cup raw kale

1 cup mixed frozen berries 

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1/2 cup strawberries for fruit on the bottom and top (optional)

1/2 cup coconut flakes with fruit on the bottom and top (optional)

 

Equipment:

I used a Vitamix to blend this smoothie but any blender will work. 

 

Directions:

Vitamix: Place all ingredients into blender and blend well on 6 and 8 for 3 min. 

Standard blender: Add non-diary milk, green vibrance, chia seeds, frozen fruit, and banana. Blend well for 2 min. While that is blending cut up the Daikon into slices. Add Daikon and kale to blender. Blend well for 3 min. 

I added frozen strawberries and coconut flakes to the bottom of my mason jar. Poured the smoothie over it. Then added more frozen strawberries and coconut flakes on top. 

This smoothie tastes great alone, it's all about customizing it to what you like so you enjoy it the most. 

 

Enjoy,

Andrea Uhl

For more of my recipes visit SuperchargedSmoothies.com

 

 

Tropical Mango Medley Supercharged Smoothie

Tropical Mango Medley Supercharged Smoothie #superfood #smoothie #stayvibrant

Tropical Mango Medley Supercharged Smoothie #superfood #smoothie #stayvibrantIngredients:

1 cup coconut milk
1 cup frozen mangoes
2 cups mixed tropical fruit that has bananas, strawberries, and mangoes (so much mango! Yum!)
1 cup baby rainbow carrots
1 scoop Green Vibrance
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp spirulina powder

Equipment:

I used a Vitamix but any blender will do the job. Just read the directions below.

Directions:

Vitamix: Add all ingredients together and blend well alternating between speed 4 and 6 until smooth.

All other blenders add nut milk, powders, and seeds first. Then slowly add in frozen fruit and carrots in little batches until all ingredients are in blender and smooth.

Tropical Mango Medley Supercharged Smoothie #superfood #smoothie #stayvibrant- Andrea Uhl

For more Vegan Superfood Smoothies by me check out SuperchargedSmoothies.com

2 Minute Smoothie

Everyone can spare 2 minutes for a delicious smoothie, right? Don't love Green Vibrance in just water but still need it to be quick? This is for you.

2 Minute #GreenVibrance #Smoothie #VibrantRecipesIngredients: 

1 scoop Green Vibrance

1 Package Buddy Fruits or equivalent

Handful of Frozen Pineapple

1 cup water

Directions: Blend and enjoy. Boom. So simple… and tasty as you can see!

About the author: Kate Shanley is the Social Media Coordinator & Pet Health Consultant for Vibrant Health. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science and is also a board certified Holistic Health Coach, has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University, and she's a dog trainer. 

Apple Cinnamon Protein Smoothie

Apple Cinnamon Protein Smoothie #smoothies #vibrantrecipes #vibrantlife

Another sort of throwing together of #vibranthealth kitchen ingredients but so delicious!

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup apples
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup coconut water
1/4 cup organic apple juice
1 scoop Pro Matcha Protein Natural 

1 scoop Rainbow Vibrance
1 scoop Green Vibrance

6 oz yogurt of choice

Directions: Blend until smooth. Topped it off with some #cacao #cinnamon and #chiaseeds

 

#smoothies #smoothielove #vibrantlife #greens #superfoods #fitlife #nutrition 

About the author: Kate Shanley is the Social Media Coordinator & Pet Health Consultant for Vibrant Health. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science and is also a board certified Holistic Health Coach, has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University, and she's a dog trainer.