Combining a red and green smoothie into one helps both lymph cleansing (red) and detoxifying toxic metals (green) and with the addition of collagen powder (joint, skin and gut strength) makes it “The Ultimate Smoothie”. With both liver cleansing and lymph cleansing properties whilst also providing very important antioxidants for cell protection and reducing inflammation can make smoothies a quick and easy way to get excellent nutrition when you are on the go. Organic freeze dried ingredients can also make it convenient when time is poor.
Berries have the lowest sugar count of any fruit and are also great for helping clean the lymph. Organic is best. Try and use organic produce wherever you can to decrease pesticide residue (if not make sure those berries come from Australia) and wash thoroughly. Berries, particularly strawberries and blueberries are on the top of the list of the dirty dozen for pesticides. Kale or Spinach is best washed in filtered water with a bit of apple cider vinegar added if you can’t find organic. Don’t do pure fruit smoothies-it floods your body with too much sugar. Too much sugar affects insulin levels, creates an anti-inflammatory response, brain chemistry imbalances and impacts on energy levels (a high followed by a low). Never add sugar. Try dates, a tiny amount of honey, maple syrup or stevia but not too much. Surprisingly, with a little practice, you can change how much sweet you will actually need. Soak your nuts if you are going to use nuts in your smoothies as pre-soaking breaks down phytic acid. Phytic acid prevents good nutrient absorption. Boost smoothies with protein and fat .This helps balance the effects of the natural sugars in fruit. Proteins and fat will also help you feel full. Fats will also help with vitamin and mineral absorption. Pea protein powder is one ideal protein source and full of so many great amino acids. For fats – use coconut oil (except if using frozen fruit as the coconut oil will solidify), flaxseed oil (make sure it is refrigerated) or avocado. Other options are nut butter, chia seeds and yoghurt.