April Recipe and Tip from Chef Mike McCauley

Chef Mike's Ultimate Green Smoothie Detox Recipe

 Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 medium banana, peeled
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 cups kale, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 dash cinnamon
  • 1 dash cayenne
  • 8 ounces vanilla soy milk, or vanilla almond milk

Preparation

  1. Place all ingredients except kale and parsley in a blender and pulse until roughly combined.
  2. Add kale and parsley and puree until smooth, about 30 seconds.

Nutrition information

 per serving 

Calories: 321 / Protein: 9g / Carbs: 64g / Fat: 4g / Calcium: 25% / Iron: 4.2g

Chef's Tip

It's no secret that smoothies can be a great way to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet quickly. Try making your own with some of these ingredients for a very healthy breakfast or snack.

Smoothie 101

Use these ingredients to create a detox smoothie full of super foods!  

Spinach/Kale: These leafy greens are both great sources of amino acids (protein), calcium, beta carotene (vitamin A), vitamin K, iron, manganese, magnesium, zinc, folate, and selenium. All around super foods, spinach and kale are great for strengthening the body, creating beautiful skin, boosting the immune system and providing important antioxidants. Also, each is full of fiber, which is great for cleansing the colon. 

Romaine: Contains vitamin C and beta carotene (vitamin A). These two nutrients work together in the body to prevent plaque from forming on artery walls. It is also a good source of potassium, folate, iron, vitamin K, manganese, vitamins B1 and B2, and chromium. Romaine helps to regulate blood pressure, build blood and support body movement. 

Cucumber: Highly hydrating, cucumbers are full of B vitamins, silica and electrolytes that help build clearer, brighter skin. The vitamin C, caffeic acid and electrolytes in cucumbers makes them great at fighting puffiness and bloating in the body, working as an anti-inflammatory team. 

Celery: Very alkaline, full of calcium, magnesium and potassium. Good source of B1, B2, B6 and C vitamins, folate, iron and amino acids. Celery helps to lower high blood pressure and reduce puffiness. It contains compounds polyacetylene and pthalides, which reduce inflammation and stress (causing blood vessels to dilate), respectively. Celery is a powerful detoxifier and colon cleanser. 

Pear: Contains vitamins C, E, B, and K, copper, manganese, potassium, iron, magnesium, selenium, calcium, zinc and folate. Pears are wonderful for the skin and supportive of both the lungs and the colon. 

Banana: Contains vitamin B6 and magnesium, which help promote better sleep. Bananas also have fiber, vitamin C, potassium and vitamin A. They promote good digestion, prevent constipation, contribute to healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. 

Lemon: Extremely alkaline, are high in vitamin C, and traces of calcium, potassium and magnesium. Lemons are a powerful detoxifying agent. They support liver function, purify the blood, destroy free radicals and toxins, flush out bacteria, fight wrinkles and rejuvenate skin. Great for long-term weight loss. 

Chia Seeds: These seeds swell 10 to 15 times their original size when placed in liquid, which makes them great for weight-loss. They also help stabilize blood sugar levels, providing you with longer lasting energy. Chia seeds are an excellent source of protein, calcium, anti-oxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.  

Mint: Great source of vitamin C and beta carotene (vitamin A), copper, iron, potassium, magnesium and calcium. Mint aids in digestion, is helpful in relieving congestion of the respiratory tract and lowers blood pressure. 

Parsley: A powerful detoxifier, parsley aids digestion, removes toxins from the body, acts as a diuretic by flushing out the kidneys and purifies the blood. It contains vitamin A, C, and E, folate, iron, and anti-oxidants. 

Cinnamon: Studies have found that cinnamon helps lower blood sugar, have anti-oxidant effects, fight bacteria and reduce inflammation. 

Ginger: Helps ease nausea, maintain proper blood circulation, improve nutrient absorption in the body, is anti-inflammatory, strengthens immune system and fights common respiratory problems. 

Turmeric: Very high in anti-oxidants, turmeric is a great anti-cancer agent. It is also anti-inflammatory and works as a blood cleanser. Cleansed blood results in clearer, brighter skin.  

Cayenne Pepper: An incredibly potent spice, cayenne pepper is often used to detoxify and cleanse the body (mostly due to capsaicin). It has anti-cold/flu properties, aids in digestion, has anti-fungal properties, helps discourage formation of blood clots, supports weight-loss, promotes heart health and aids in joint-pain relief.