A Sugar Detox and a Green Smoothie
Sugar is my frenemy.
Growing up, I never salivated over a roast, dreamed of a steak dinner or gravitated toward the salad bar. I’m the little girl who counted ice cream cones in the sky to help her fall asleep and the adult who always left a bit too much room for dessert. I felt anguished when asked if I would like to see the dessert menu and I was too full for the crème brulee that called my name.
Yet little by little I began to understand how much sugar had a hold on me. The major realization came as a chronic migraineur, I constantly crave sugar when I am in pain. Working with a naturopath, I tried both gluten-free and dairy-free diets to see if I had any common triggers for migraines. In a bittersweet conclusion, I didn’t have either. Not giving up, we moved on to a sugar detox and an anti-inflammatory diet. We weren’t searching for triggers but it was the next best dietary change to reduce my body’s dependence on sugar and my inflammation levels. Courtney, my naturopath (when you’re at the clinic on almost a weekly basis, last names get dropped like Obama’s microphone), designed me an easy-to-follow dietary plan and I went all nerdy with it. I even made myself a day-by-day checklist of all the food groups I had to eat!
I know I wasn’t the only one in January making big lifestyle and dietary changes. (HELLO NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS!) But, as the month comes to an end, it’s a good time to check in and give yourself a little nutrition boost.
I love this green smoothie recipe because it plays with many of the ingredients I have on hand at all times: hemp hearts, coconut oil, avocado, chia seeds, flax seeds and salad mixes. All together, these ingredients help you detox and reduce inflammation. A green smoothie is also a quick way to have a nutritious breakfast or snack.
In a blender add:
- 2 leaves romaine lettuce
- 2 kale leaves (remove stems) (Alternatively, use kale salad mixes)
- 3 tbsp. hemp hearts (or a protein powder)
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- ½ avocado (optional)
- ½ tsp. chia seeds
- 1 tsp. ground flax seeds
- 1 stick of celery
- 1 carrot
- ½ banana, ½ apple or ½ cup berries to sweeten. (Note: If you use berries to sweeten, the smoothie won’t be as green!)
- Coconut milk or water for blending
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Drink (or slurp!) down immediately.
I added a tsp. of spirulina to mine for that extra dark green colour.
Recipe courtesy Dr. Courtney Babcock/Evolve Chiropractic and Wellness