Detox Green Smoothie with Chlorella

Detox Green Smoothie with Chlorella

Two Glasses with Detox Green Smoothie

Along with storing some vitamins and minerals, our liver is vital for removing toxins from our body.

Over time our body accumulates both natural and man-made toxins. As our cells are hard at work performing many functions, they produce natural toxins as a by-product. 

At the same time, we are likely consuming man-made toxins (i.e. chemicals) from the air, food, and water we consume. A healthy liver will work to rid our bodies of these toxins, and consuming a healthy diet is important to support the liver in its natural detoxification process.

Cruciferous vegetables have been identified as an important ingredient to support your liver. This category of vegetables includes kale, as found in this recipe. When consumed, it can help increase the enzymes used by the liver to breakdown toxins, which is an important step before toxins can be discarded (1).

One of the specific types of toxins produced by cells and consumed as pollutants, are compounds called free radicals. Free radicals contribute to aging and can exacerbate a number of medical conditions. Our body uses antioxidants to detoxify free radicals. A number of vitamins serve as antioxidants including vitamin A, E, and C (2). Lemon is particularly high in vitamin C and is therefore a great food choice to neutralize free radicals.

Packed with kale and lemon, along with some of our other favourites including cucumber, pear, and ginger – this Detox Green Smoothie is the perfect fit to add to your detox meal plan! Plus, with a 10-minute prep time, this is an awesome recipe to accommodate your busy morning routine.

You can learn more about “detoxing 101“, including key differences between detoxing and cleansing in this article! Or, if you can download your copy of our 1-week Detox Meal Plan today!

1-Week Detox Meal Plan

References:

1. Manchali, A., Murthy, K.N.C., & Patil, B.S. (2012). Crucial facts about health benefits of popular cruciferous vegetables. Journal of Functional Foods, 4(1), 94-106. doi: 10.1016/j.jff.2011.08.004

2. Abdullah, M., Jamili, R.T., & Attia, F.N. (2020). Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid). [Updated 2020 Nov 30]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2021 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK499877/

Detox Green Smoothie with Chlorella

Along with storing some vitamins and minerals, our liver is vital for removing toxins from our body. Over time our body accumulates both natural and man-made toxins. As our cells are hard at work performing many functions, they produce natural toxins as a by-product. At the same time, we are likely consuming man-made toxins (i.e. chemicals) from the air, food, and water we consume. A healthy liver will work to rid our bodies of these toxins, and consuming a healthy diet is important to support the liver in its natural detoxification process.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Banana frozen
  • ½ cup Pineapple
  • ¼ Cucumber
  • Handful Spinach and/or Kale
  • 2 tbsp Hemp Hearts
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 1-2 tsp Chlorella
  • 1 cup Nut Milk of Choice substitute coconut water

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Blend and enjoy!
Squash Pancakes

Squash Pancakes

Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, nut free and adheres to the GAPS diet, paleo diet, low salicylates diet, and a low oxalate diet – which are many diets often recommended for children with autism. For families with an autistic child, the child’s symptoms, food cravings and blood work will determine which diet is the most appropriate.

Whether you and your family are affected by autism, are navigating a specialized diet, or are just looking for a healthy breakfast recipe that is gluten and dairy free – this quick and easy-to-prepare pancake recipe is simple to integrate into your diet, even if food choices are limited. And if you aren’t restricting any foods for health reasons, these pancakes are still delicious!

Pureed squash are low in calories but rich in nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B6 and over 50% of the Recommended Daily Intake of Vitamin C in just one cup. Squash also contains anti-stress minerals like calcium and magnesium. Plus, one cup of squash contains 7 grams of dietary fibre.

We wrote more about eggs on Facebook and Instagram, but some of the benefits include 40% of the Recommended Daily Intake of Vitamin D, choline and omega 3 to support brain function, and loads of protective antioxidants.

The last of the ingredients in this recipe is coconut oil, which is loaded with healthy fats that not only help you feel satisfied and fuller for longer, but also benefit brain health, weight management, immunity and more!

Give these tasty squash pancakes a try, and let us know what you think!

Squash Pancakes

Whether you and your family are affected by autism, are navigating a specialized diet, or are just looking for a healthy breakfast recipe that is gluten and dairy free – this quick and easy-to-prepare pancake recipe is simple to integrate into your diet, even if food choices are limited. And if you aren’t restricting any foods for health reasons, these pancakes are still delicious!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Pureed squash acorn or butternut if on a low oxalate diet
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil

Instructions
 

  • Heat pan over medium-low heat. Add oil to melt and coat the pan.
  • While waiting for the pan to heat, mix pureed squash and eggs in a food processor or stand mixer (or by hand, in a large bowl, beating with a whisk).
  • Pour dollar-pancake sized dollops of the batter into the heated and oiled pan.
  • With a flipper, flip the pancakes then the edges begin to crisp. Be sure to cook the pancakes until they are golden on both sides and are fully cooked all the way through.
  • Enjoy topped with fruit, nut or seed butter, a drizzle or maple syrup, or your pancake topping of choice!
Holy Basil Pesto

Holy Basil Pesto

Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast

Pesto is super quick to make and a great option for switching out sugar-loaded sauces, with all their nasty additives and preservatives, for a nutrient dense sauce that can be added to a variety of dishes. Pesto is a wonderful addition to pasta or zucchini noodles, omelettes or scrambled eggs, as part of a salad dressing, as a topping to your chicken, or even just as a healthy spread on toast.

It is so simple – just place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth!

Not only is holy basil pesto very quick and easy to make, but it has a lot of therapeutic properties!

As we wrote about in detail in our Top 5 Health Benefits of Holy Basil blog post, holy basil is chock-full of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and antioxidants like chlorophyll. Holy basil is best known for its adaptogenic properties, in short meaning it assists humans in adapting to stress. As a therapeutic herb, holy basil promotes a sense of calmness and relaxation, which can be helpful if you’ve been feeling stressed out or frazzled.

Don’t let the small size of pine nuts deceive you… they pack a nutrient punch! Pine nuts are rich in nutrients such as vitamin E, vitamin K, copper, iron, and manganese. Believe it or not, Ancient Greeks and Romans, traditionally used pine nuts as an aphrodisiac. Pine nuts contain pinolenic acid, which recent research has found to be an effective appetite suppressant as it triggers hunger suppressant hormones in the gut. Plus, pine nuts are an excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acids, which have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and a lower risk of heart attack.

Most of us know garlic is a superfood! It is antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and supports the immune system and cardiovascular system. Plus, it adds a ton of flavour to this pesto!

The olive oil in this recipe contains lignans, which are powerful antioxidants that can help protect against breast, colon and prostate cancer by suppressing early cancer changes in cells. Olive oil also contains vitamin E, which can help combat oxidative stress and free radical damage. Oxidative stress and free radical damage are caused where there are too many potentially harmful compounds circulating in the body, and not enough protective compounds (like vitamin E) to counteract them. Of course, olive oil, is a staple in the Mediterranean Diet, which is well-known to promote a healthy weight and benefit heart health!

Adapted from The Backyard Homestead.

Holy Basil Pesto

Pesto is super quick to make and a great option for switching out sugar-loaded sauces, with all their nasty additives and preservatives, for a nutrient dense sauce that can be added to a variety of dishes. Pesto is a wonderful addition to pasta or zucchini noodles, omelettes or scrambled eggs, as part of a salad dressing, as a topping to your chicken, or even just as a healthy spread on toast.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 2 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups Holy basil leaves fresh
  • 1 Garlic clove crushed or finely minced
  • 1 pinch Sea salt
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese grated or substitute nutritional yeast for dairy free option
  • ½ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • cup Pine nuts or substitute walnuts

Instructions
 

  • Add basil leaves, garlic, and salt to the bowl of your food processor.
  • Using the S-blade, pulse until a paste begins to form. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl to incorporate all the ingredients well.
  • Add the Parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast) and pulse again to incorporate.
  • Then, with the food processor running, pour in the olive oil in a thin, steady stream.
  • Finally, add the pine nuts and continue processing until the pesto is a smooth desirable texture.
Green Tea Banana Ice Cream

Green Tea Banana Ice Cream

Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast

Have you been searching for a sweet treat you can enjoy without any guilt? Hear your sweet tooth calling but don’t want to derail your nutrition and health goals?

This Green Tea Banana Ice Cream comes to the rescue! With only two ingredients, and in less than five minutes in the kitchen, this creamy dessert can be in your bowl.

Did you know bananas are a good source of potassium? An imbalance of potassium can cause many different symptoms, including weakness, fatigue, muscle cramps, and mood changes such as anxiety. Low levels of potassium can increase mental fatigue and reduce your body’s ability to handle stress.

Green tea is known for it’s antioxidant effect, but it is also a great source of amino acid theanine. According to the research, theanine can increase feelings of relaxation and calm. One study found that participants who drank green tea showed “improvements in mood, cognition and a reduction of stress and anxiety-like symptoms”.

If you are like most folks and have a bunch of frozen bananas in the freezer for that banana bread you’ve been meaning to make, try this instead! It’s way fewer dishes too!

 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31758301/

 

Green Tea Banana Ice Cream

This Green Tea Banana Ice Cream comes to the rescue! With only two ingredients, and in less than five minutes in the kitchen, this creamy dessert can be in your bowl.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Banana sliced and frozen
  • tsps Green Tea Powder

Instructions
 

  • Add frozen bananas and green tea powder to food processor and blend. Occasionally scrape down the sides and continue to blend until smooth (approximately 3 to 5 minutes).
  • Scoop into a bowl and enjoy immediately as soft serve or for firmer ice cream, place in an airtight, freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 1 hour before scooping.

Notes

Nutrition Per 1 Serving:
 
Calories - 105
Sugar - 14g
Fiber - 3g
Carbs - 27g
Fat - 0g
Protein - 1g
 
Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Bake

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Bake

Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast

We’ve all fallen prey to boxed dinners in our lives as a result of the convenience. But, what if we could keep the convenience and boost the nutrition and help us to feel satisfied, and energized?

This recipe is ideal for convenience and low stress because it is a one-pan dish for easy prep and easy clean-up. You can feel good about this comfort food choice instead of dreading lots of work in the kitchen or a giant mess afterwards. This ease means you’ll enjoy the meal even more! Try it yourself tonight!

Beans are a powerhouse food when it comes to satiety. Beans are loaded with soluble fibre that helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Beans are also a good source the B-vitamin, folate. Folate is the natural form of Vitamin B9, while folic acid is the man-made form of B9 that we use to fortify foods. There is solid link between folate or folic acid and mood. One such paper states that “The incidence of folic acid deficiency is high in patients with various psychological disorders including depression, dementia and schizophrenia.”[1]

 Sweet potatoes are complex-carb rock stars here. They are high in beta-carotene, which is what gives them their beautiful orange colour. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that helps to protect the cells of the body, including the brain, and our DNA from oxidative stress. Oxidative stress can be used as a biomarker for many psychological disorders, including depression and anxiety. So, sweet potatoes are not just feeding our bellies, but our brains too!

 

[1] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2682787/

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Bake

This recipe is ideal for convenience and low stress because it is a one-pan dish for easy prep and easy clean-up. You can feel good about this comfort food choice instead of dreading lots of work in the kitchen or a giant mess afterwards. This ease means you’ll enjoy the meal even more! Try it yourself tonight!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Sweet Potato small, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups Black Beans cooked, from the can
  • 1 cup Quinoa dry, uncooked
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper chopped
  • 3 stalks Green Onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tbsp Cumin ground
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Lime juiced
  • 1 Avacado diced

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • In a large baking dish, add the sweet potatoes, black beans, quinoa, pepper, onion, chili powder, cumin, garlic and sea salt. Stir well to combine and then add the broth.
  • Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 40 minutes or until the broth has absorbed completely, the quinoa is fluffy and the sweet potatoes are tender. Remove from the oven.
  • Let the quinoa bake sit for 5 minutes before dividing between plates. Top each plate with lime juice and avocado. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition Per 1 Serving:
 
Calories - 311
Sugar - 5g
Fiber - 12g
Carbs - 52g
Fat - 8g
Protein - 12g