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Different liquid bases to play with when preparing a smoothie

This 3 day Detox Challenge is a first for me so I want to share with you as much as possible before we all take off together! Too all of you who have been part of the previous challenges, take a look! You might find some new information or not.. Repeating is the mother of knowledge!

What you use for your smoothie base says a lot about the end result. Just like rotating your greens, rotating the base is also important since it gives you a wider range of nutrients to absorb.

You, who you are on our mail list, have probably already received similar information some time ago but we will go through it once more, repeating does no harm!

Water it’s a great choice when you want to let your fruits and veggies speak for themselves. Water is best used in contrast with fruits that make thick and creamy smoothies, like banana and mango. Another great part about water? It’s free! Why we might feel tired at some point during the day may be due to lack of hydration. Drinking enough water to keep you hydrated will help the body flush  toxins from it, giving you more energy.

Almond milk has creamy texture and a nutty taste. Almond milk is a lactose-free, warm flavored liquid that will provide you with vitamin E, protein and fiber. Lactose-free is good since it’s more easily digestible. Maybe skip that trip to the all ecological shelf in the supermarket and try to make almond milk yourself!

  • Take 1 cup of raw almonds (prefer organic, remember!)
  • Soak them in water overnight or up to 2 days
  • Drain and rinse the almonds
  • Throw the almonds into the blender, add 2 cups of water and blend for solid 2 minutes
  • Take some muslin, place it over a strainer and pour the mixture into the strainer
  • Squeeze the muslin carefully to extract all the good stuff
  • Feel free to add some sweeteners like maple syrup or honey
  • Homemade almond milk stays edible for two days if you seal it properly and store it in the fridge

Note that buying almonds can be quite expensive so if you find a place where to purchase nuts in bulk, inform me too 🙂

Non Diary Milk Smoothies

Oat milk is my personal favorite. High in fiber and protein it also has cholesterol reducing abilities. Oats are good for the immune system, providing energy from natural plant proteins and sugars plus it’s amazing for skin and hair. If you have gluten intolerance try to avoid store bought oat milk and make it yourself (use gluten free oats then). There are so many recipes for making homemade oat milk since it’s the easiest milk substitute to make in your kitchen, and also the cheapest. Do look deeper into the different techniques!

Here’s the easiest:

  • Take 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 or 2 dates for sweetener (or something else)
  • Add the ingredients plus 3 cups of water into the blender and give it a whirl until smooth
  • Use muslin to squeeze out the milk and discard the oat pulp. (or if you want to keep thicker texture, leave muslin out)
  • Store it for 2 days in a well sealed container in the fridge

Coconut milk is similar to almond milk, a dairy alternative that is perfect for creating a super rich and decadent smoothie. Coconut milk often gets a bad rap because of its fat content. But much like almond milk it’s filled with the good fat. Due to the fat content as well as high levels of Vitamin E, coconut milk is great for hair and skin!

Coconut water is low in calories, naturally fat- and cholesterol free and rich in potassium. With its sweet flavor coconut water is the perfect base for just about any smoothie, especially ones that require a little boost of natural sweetness. Coconut water is lighter and not creamy like almond and coconut milk, therefore, making it a great option for smoothies that don’t require such richness in taste

Green tea is a fighter against four of the biggest health issues in the western world: cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. The secret? It contains a high concentration of polyphenols, which are a specific type of antioxidant. These antioxidants are also known to rejuvenate skin cells and give you a clearer complexion. Just remember to brew it ahead of time so it can cool down! Use green tea in your smoothies when you’re looking to cut down your morning coffee consumption since green tea contains some caffeine in it also.

Freshly squeezed juices offer beneficial antioxidants, helpful enzymes and an array of vitamins plus great taste. Note that juice does spike the sugar content in the smoothies so counterbalance it with some fruit that isn’t as sugary (berries, green apples). I would give you a push to get you out from the comfort zone and challenge you to try making a smoothie with fresh vegetable juice (kale, celery, carrots, beets..go wild). Yeah!

Avocado Banana Smoothie Recipe

What are the worst liquid bases that one could use you might think…

  • Conventional Yogurt is an absolute no-go, packed with artificial sweeteners and loads of sugar.
  • Conventional juices are as evil as conventional yogurt. Packed with concentrate and sugar again- KEEP AWAY!
  • All kinds of smoothie mixes that come in a packet form are a creation of The Evil, a well-thought marketing that I will not pass.

To switch your normal diet to green smoothies for three days can be a bit shocking for your body and that’s why we are touching some important points here. First, your body needs well-rounded nutrients in order to function properly: why we talked about different greens to rotate and different liquid bases to use. Sticking to one recipe will get you through but remember the reason you joined this journey: challenge yourself? Lose weight? Try something new? New tastes, new sensations? Better sleep? Better digestion? Better skin… I’m not sure. Why I am taking this challenge is to try some new tastes since I’m pretty stuck in my recipes, I also want to give my body a break and treat it with fast absorbing nutrient rich potent that will boost me with energy, test my ability to say no to cravings and munchies and feel light(er).

I will make some oat milk now, let’s keep in touch cause during the week I will put together a full guideline with know-hows to prepare us for next week. Please share your thoughts! What are your questions in order to be fully prepared so me, Teet and Sven can provide a smooth landing.

Oh, one more thing! Find your nearest forest and go do some berry picking! Cranberries are getting ready and after the first-night colds they are packed with the best vitamins!