‘Tis the season to detox.
Trouble is, that word is nonsense. (At least in the context of healthy eating).
Unfortunately you cannot “undo” a month-long Christmas cookie binge with a few days of green juices. The body just doesn’t work that way. If our organs were swimming in toxins every time we ate a Cheez-It or overindulged on eggnog, we’d be long gone by now.
“But I feel so much better when I’m on a cleanse!” you say.
That’s because vegetables and fruits are good for you, not because you’re “detoxing” your body of whatever you were eating before.
So what can you do in January, then, to shift from holiday indulgence to a healthier lifestyle?
Well, you can Regroup. Refocus. Recover. Recommit. Recharge.
And while you’re doing those, make this smoothie.
(Need a new blender to make it in? Keep reading for your chance to win a KitchenAid Diamond Blender!)
This Creamy Green Hemp Seed Smoothie incorporates some of the real ways to get back to a healthy routine, like:
- Making veggies & fruits the “main event” at meals and snacks
- Combining protein with healthy fats and carbohydrates for optimal satisfaction
- Getting fiber from nuts, seeds and whole grains
- Eating foods in their whole-food form, as opposed to powders and supplements
And it also happens to taste delicious – which is key for maintaining healthy habits, since nobody wants to eat bland food.
Ingredients like kale, hemp seeds, yogurt, fruit and coconut are what makes this smoothie shine, both in terms of taste and nutrition.
Just a whirl in the blender and you have a healthy, satisfying, flavorful snack or light meal that can aid in your recommitment to healthy habits in 2015.
- ¾ cup coconut water
- 1 packed cup baby kale leaves
- ½ cup organic plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 large frozen banana
- 2 pitted dates (or if using the large Medjool dates, just one)
- 1 Tbsp raw, shelled hemp seeds
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. (If your blender needs a little help incorporating everything, use the pulse button).
KitchenAid Diamond Blender Giveaway ENDED
For more delicious blended recipes, check out these posts from some of my blogger friends:
Curried Carrot Cauliflower Soup from Hip Foodie Mom
Roasted Broccoli Soup from Life’s Ambrosia
Kick Booty Kale Smoothie from The Law Student’s Wife
Creamy Spinach Lentil Soup from Kitchen Confidante
Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing from Love Grows Wild
Bacon, Kale and Roasted Tomato Eggs Benedict from Girl Versus Dough
Dairy Free Roasted Squash Soup from The Fresh 20
Alice @ Hip Foodie MomJanuary 5, 2015 at 4:23 am
‘Tis the season to detox, yes!!! I’m all about smoothies and eating better this month .. love this smoothie and especially the hemp seeds! I have some in my pantry!! happy to be hosting this giveaway with you .. here’s to a great 2015!!
Amelia WinslowJanuary 5, 2015 at 10:29 am
Ditto! Happy New Year, Alice!
christa gadolaJanuary 5, 2015 at 8:55 am
with a new kitchenaid blender, i think i’d have to make a green tea smoothie! my favorite! or amelia’s version of a frappucino with a banana as sweetener – so delicious!
WaheedaJanuary 5, 2015 at 10:56 am
I would love to make a smooThie with it!
Erin | The Law Student's WifeJanuary 5, 2015 at 3:06 pm
I simply cannot have enough green smoothies in my life! Love the addition of the hemp seeds.
Amelia WinslowJanuary 6, 2015 at 9:09 pm
Elaine FelicianoJanuary 5, 2015 at 3:51 pm
MelissaJanuary 5, 2015 at 9:58 pm
I’d make a chocolate banana smoothie
Michael ClarkJanuary 6, 2015 at 2:54 pm
Dig the hemp smoothie recipe. Wondering if adding a small bit of coconut oil would be ok. And I might get a sexy new Kitchenaid just to make the Vitamix jealous.
Amelia WinslowJanuary 6, 2015 at 9:10 pm
Coconut oil would be a fine addition – would just be a little more filling and have a smoother mouthfeel. Yum
Jennifer O'BrienJanuary 8, 2015 at 8:28 pm
I would love to make this smoothie, I have never tried hemp seeds!
Thalia @ butter and briocheJanuary 9, 2015 at 12:10 am
I regularly make green smoothies and love trying out new recipes for them – so this green hemp smoothie is ideal for me.. thanks for sharing it! I haven’t seen hemp seeds before and definitely need to get some now.
LauraJanuary 9, 2015 at 6:18 am
I love green smoothies! I am going to try this one and substitute coconut milk for the yogurt to make it vegan. Looks good!
paige cJanuary 10, 2015 at 9:02 am
I would make yummy soups and smoothies!
CoriJanuary 11, 2015 at 9:46 am
I would make a fresh strawberry margarita! Don’t get me wrong I make smoothies too, but the 1st thing I would make with a GOOD blender (ours is so old and doesn’t break up ice well at all) is a refreshing margarita.
Amelia WinslowJanuary 11, 2015 at 3:05 pm
I like your thinking, Cori!!
Dawn KeenanJanuary 11, 2015 at 3:07 pm
The first thing I’d make with the blender is some salsa!
CarolsueJanuary 11, 2015 at 7:33 pm
I would make MARGARITAS!
Hippie ButterJanuary 20, 2015 at 1:19 pm
This smoothie recipe is delicious and everyone who tried it let out a big mmmmmmmmmmmm. We made our smoothie with hemp seed butter. It blends in easier and give a smoothie a smoother texture. Thank you for taking the time to post this recipe and take the photos. I know it takes a lot of work. This smoothie recipe is now apart of our morning routine.
Amelia WinslowJanuary 20, 2015 at 1:41 pm
I love the idea of using hemp seed butter for extra creaminess!
RyanFebruary 4, 2015 at 6:42 am
This looks like an absolutely delicious recipe, Amelia – what a great selection of superfoods, and it appear to be relatively low in sugar, too, which is a rarity when it comes to smoothie recipes. I recently wrote an article on Baobab powder, which can be added to smoothies, to make them even more nutritious. It can be read here – http://blog.baaclothing.com/2015/02/baobab-fruit-superfood-health-benefits.html – would be great to get your view on this new superfood, as it sounds too good to be true.
JodieJuly 10, 2018 at 10:26 am
I have to disagree with this ‘If our organs were swimming in toxins every time we ate a Cheez-It or overindulged on eggnog, we’d be long gone by now’
While it’s true that rare or occasional consumption of unfit and processed foods may not cause immediate, apparant harm, it is clear that for most, processed and rich foods lead to slow debility through onset of chronic diet related diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and worse.
Amelia WinslowDecember 7, 2018 at 11:18 am
Hi Jodie, I agree with you. Consistent consumption of processed food is certainly associated with chronic disease. My intention here is to say that “cleansing” the body via an extreme diet of some sort, is not the way to achieve better health. Rather, eating more whole unprocessed foods (and mostly F&V) in the long-term, is the way to go. I think we’re on the same page here.