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Guest Post: Clean Green Kale Smoothie

Apr 16, 2016 BY Jesse Lane Lee

Hi Joyous Health readers! I’m thrilled to be back and sharing an amazing detoxifying recipe with you. Smoothies are my go-to breakfast and snack because they are super quick and easy to make, and you can stuff a lot of nutrients into them! This particular smoothie is great for cleaning and detoxing our bodies.

Fiber is an excellent nutrient that sweeps clean our digestive tract. Apples contain a special kind of fiber called pectin that is primarily found in the apple skin (so buy organic and eat the peel!) and can help prevent diarrhea. Chia seeds are also a fiber powerhouse and excellent source of healthy, anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats. Kale and lemon have fabulous detoxification properties. Kale contains isothiocyanates that help regulate detox activity in our cells, this gives the liver a little extra help in the detoxification department, while lemon provide plenty of antioxidant vitamin C to protect our cells from free radical damage. Cinnamon not only adds a hint of spice that pairs perfectly with the apple, but it also helps keep your blood sugar balanced.

Finally, no smoothie is complete without a good dose of protein. The chia seeds provide protein, however I recommend added a scoop of your favourite protein powder to this smoothie. This way, it will keep you full all the way to lunch time! 

  • ¼ lemon, peeled and seeds removed
  • 1 ½ cups nut milk of choice
  • 2 big kale leaves, roughly torn
  • ½ apple, roughly chopped
  • ½ banana
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop protein powder of choice
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

What's your favourite way to make eating healthier when you're on the go? Share it with me in the comments below!

Apr 16, 2016 BY Jesse Lane Lee
Aubrey   •   April 16, 2016

Looks AWESOME:))

Jesse Lane   •   April 17, 2016

Thank you so much Aubrey, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Allison   •   April 23, 2016

Hi! do chia seeds need to be soaked first? thx, Allison

Joy McCarthy   •   April 24, 2016

Hi Allison, they do not. Unlike flax, you stomach digestive secretions are able to very easily break them down.

Jesse Lane   •   April 24, 2016

That is why I love chia seeds, you can just throw them in without having to prep the night before.

Marianne   •   May 12, 2016

Thanks for reminding me what a good choice a healthy smoothie such as this is to get the day off to a great start. I have a hard time with Kale but this is a great way to get it into the diet.

Heather Allen   •   May 12, 2016

So glad you found it inspiring, Marianne! We hope you enjoy the recipe just :) Heather- Joyous Health team

Jesse Lane Lee   •   May 13, 2016

It is a great way to add kale into your diet Marianne! You can also use half kale and half spinach if you find it too strong for you taste buds.

Tara   •   June 4, 2016

I've made this smoothie at least twice now. It's easy, tasty, and filling. Thanks for the recipe!

Jesse Lane   •   June 5, 2016

I'm so happy you are enjoying it so much Tara! It means so much that you took the time to let me know.

Amy C.   •   May 7, 2017

What kinds of protein powders would you suggest for adding to smoothies?


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