An Anti-Inflammatory Cucumber Smoothie
This smoothie tastes delicious, and combines two of the most powerful superfoods on earth.
Cucumber is a little known superfood. High in antioxidants, it is a diuretic and a kidney tonic, which helps against puffiness. You might normally use it on your eyes to make them shine more clearly, but those bags under your eyes belong to your kidneys.
Cucumbers are a highly anti-inflammatory, alkalizing, anti-cancer food and highly hydrating. They are high in plant lignans, which help the bacteria in our digestive tract, but what is really important is that they help bind and convert the hormones that cause estrogen-related cancers.
Fennel is another surprising superfood that is high in phytonutrients and helps fight cancer in extraordinary ways. It's an immunity and health booster too (because of its anti-inflammatory properties) and it also helps remove toxins from the colon.
Who would have known? You thought you had to only eat kale, right?
A Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie
Makes 16 ounces
- 1 cup cucumber
- 1 cup fennel
- 1 cup apple
- 1 1/2 - 2 cups coconut water (water works as a substitution)
- 1/2 avocado
- Juice from 1/2 of a lime
- Dash of sea-salt
Chop the cucumber, fennel (use the bulb) and apple (without the core) into chunks, all with the skin on. The size of the chunks depends on your blender’s size and power. Peel your avocado and remove the pit. Put everything in a blender and squeeze in the lime-juice. Add a large dash of the sea-salt (this is not so that you can taste the salt, it is only to bring out the taste of the smoothie). Blend.
Enjoy this refreshing summer drink. If you make it a bit thicker by adding more avocado, it can be served as a summer soup! A health booster never tasted so delicious!
Jeanette Bronée, CHHC, AADP is a Self-Nourishment Counselor and the Founder of Path for Life and the online Self-Nourishment Program. Over a decade she has been working with clients one-on-one in her private practice, to not only improve their physical and emotional wellbeing, but also help them change their habits, which is the foundation for us actually getting healthy. Her nine-step method integrates the three key essentials Bronée has found drive real change in people's lives: food knowledge, mindfulness and habit shifting. Bronée's approach to health and weight loss is self-nourishment. When we stop fixing ourselves, and start learning how to make choices and live from a perspective of self-care and self-love, health becomes our life-style and we thrive. She also believes healthy food has to nourish all our senses. Check out her recipes on the blog at Path for Life.
Her new book, "Eat to Feel Full (and Nourish Yourself for Good)", is a beginner's guide to self-nourishment, offering a combination of food knowledge, insights into the habits that block our efforts to transform, and practical techniques for developing a mindful, healthy relationship with food..
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