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Just as we think of spring as a good time to throw open the windows and give the house a thorough spring clean. It is also a good time to give our bodies a good cleanse. Depending on your level of commitment and health, that might be in the form of a structured detox program or simply consciously adding in lots of fresh raw salads, freshly squeezed vegetables juices and green smoothies. Here is a list of some of my favourite juices and smoothies that you can add in to your spring clean routine. Note: For these juices and smoothies, try and get organic produce if possible to maximize the benefits. If adding essential oils (and I have included alternate options), please ensure that they are high quality and suitable for internal use. For more information on the essential oils that I use, click here.

 

Juices

For the juices, feed the ingredients through a cold press juicer and drink ideally within 2 hours of making them however they can be made in advance and drunk over 3 days however keep in mind that the nutritional value will decrease over time.

 

Cleanse juice

2 carrots

1 lemon (or 2 drops of lemon essential oil)

4 stalks of celery with leaves

2 large cos lettuce leaves

1 large handful of parsley

1 green apple (optional)

Optional: 1 drop of ginger essential oil

 

Mint and lime green juice

2 cucumbers

2 stalks of celery with leaves

1 cup kale or silverbeet

1 green apple

½ lemon (skin removed)

1 handful of fresh mint (or 1 drop of peppermint oil)

1 drop of lime essential oil

 

Ruby red vegetable juice

1 beetroot

1 carrot

1 cucumber

4 stalks of celery

1 lemon (or 2 drop of lemon essential oil)

1 inch ginger root (or 1 drop ginger essential oil)

 


 

Smo0thies

For the smoothies, add the ingredients to a high speed blender or a Thermomix (speed 8) and blend for 1 to 2 minutes. Approx. 2 serves per recipe. I have included collagen powder in my smoothie recipes because I like the creamy texture and because its good for the joints and for healthy hair, skin and nails. If you don’t like collagen powder or are following a vegan diet, feel free to leave it out or replace with a plant based protein powder.

 

Blissful berry smoothie

1.5 cups of dairy free milk (or coconut water)

1 cup of frozen or fresh berries

1 cup of baby spinach

1 inch piece of ginger root

1 tsp of raw honey or pinch of green leaf stevia

Ice cubes (about 10­)

Optional: 2 tablespoons collagen powder or plant based protein powder

 

Salad in a jar green smoothie

2 cups coconut water

1 avocado

1 cucumber

½ green apple

6 large lettuce leaves

¼ cup whole mint leaves

1 lemon (rind removed)

Ice cubes (about 10)

Optional: 2 tablespoons collagen powder or plant based protein powder

 

Pumpkin pie smoothie (good for after a workout)

1/2 cup dairy free milk

1/2 cup coconut water or kefir (I use Kultured Wellness cultures)

½ cup pumpkin puree (I steam and puree pumpkin in advance and freeze it in ice cube trays)

1/2 to 1 frozen ripe banana (omit if sensitive to sugars)

1 pinch of vanilla powder

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie seasoning (recipe below**)

2 drops of On Guard protective blend essential oil)

Ice cubes (about 10)

**Pumpkin pie spice recipe: combine 3 tsp ground cinnamon, 2 tsp ground ginger, 2 tsp ground nutmeg, 1 tsp ground cloves, 1 tsp ground allspice. Combine together, store in a small airtight container and use as needed (like on everything).

 

Keep an eye out for more spring clean blog posts over the next few weeks

With love

Sarana xo

Written by Sarana

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