Feb 042013
 

This month, I’m participating in a great challenge on Instagram. For 30 days, my friends @fitmencook, @dieffs and other awesome instagrammers are posting weekly fitness and nutrition challengs.

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This week of detox may sound challenging, but it is actually very simple. Just make a green smoothie every day, and include some greens with each meal. I walk around my house munching on raw greens so often, my friends call me the “Baby Gorilla” haha.

I also keep sugar snap peas in my fridge for late night cravings (try it, it works great!). Adding ginger to your smoothies is also an excellent way to support daily activity, as it is well-known for its anti inflammatory benefits.

I make a cup of hot water with fresh ginger and a quarter of a lemon (immune booster) and drink it in the evening or morning daily. For extra internal cleansing, you can also add a Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to your ginger/lemon tea. Scientific studies indicate that apple cider vinegar helps lower blood glucose, and also promotes a feeling of fullness. It also contains many good minerals, and has antioxidant properties as well.

I will post my daily workouts on my Facebook page, be sure to like it so you can get some daily inspiration!

Here is today’s Green Smoothie.

Raspberry Carrot Ginger Detox Green Smoothie

4-5 stalks kale (and I like to remove the stem)
1 stalk celery
1/2 orange
1 carrot or several baby carrots
chunk of fresh ginger
1/2 cup raspberries (frozen or fresh)
1/2 apple
1 tsp cinnamon
optional: 1 packet or scoop of Vanilla Chai Spice Raw Protein Powder
1-1.5 cups water

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  • Nicola

    Hi! Its super hard to find kale in the UK, do you know of any similar substitutes I could you instead please?

    • http://thebettyrocker.com BettyRocker

      Hi Nicola,
      I love kale, but there are many other leafy greens that provide lots of great nutients! Here are some suggestions that are all good: collards, Bok Choy, napa cabbage, spinach, beet greens, dandelion greens, arugula…best bet is to mix up your greens so you can benefit from the spectrum of nutrients they have.
      Best!
      -BR

  • http://www.saltandpeppermint.com Josie

    HI Betty, which brand of raw vanilla chai spice protein powder are you referring to?

    • http://thebettyrocker.com BettyRocker

      Hey Josie,
      I’m actually referring to the Garden of Life Raw Vanilla Chai Spice protein powder. Sorry if I didn’t post the brand, I post it all the time in other articles but I must have missed one :) Try it out, it’s totally decent!