My CrossFit challenge is fast approaching the final challenge event and seeing the results from our 8 weeks of hard work. Finishing strong isn’t just about what happens in the gym – diet is going to make a huge difference too. So I’m going to be doing lots of detox smoothies for the next week or so. Not only are smoothies great for weight-loss, but this one is also packed with immune boosting vitamins and minerals.
This bad boy is a kick of vitamins and body purifying good stuff! I used my juicer for the carrots and oranges, or if you don’t have one you can buy a bottle of Simply Orange juice and pure carrot juice.
Here’s the breakdown of all the health benefits you’ll get from this smoothie…
Carrots (dark orange) –Carrots are perhaps best known for their rich supply of the antioxidant nutrient that was actually named for them: beta-carotene. However, these delicious root vegetables are the source not only of beta-carotene, but also of a wide variety of antioxidants and other health-supporting nutrients. The areas of antioxidant benefits, cardiovascular benefits, and anti-cancer benefits are the best-researched areas of health research with respect to dietary intake of carrots. – World’s Healthiest Foods
Kale (dark leafy greens) –Kale is a leafy green cruciferous vegetable that is chock-full of essential vitamins A, C and K as well as minerals like copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus. A cup of fresh kale has only about 40 calories but packs almost 3 grams of protein. One cup of cooked kale has over 1000% more vitamin C than a cup of cooked spinach and unlike spinach, kale’s oxalate content is very low which means that the calcium and iron in kale are highly absorbable in the human digestive system.1 – Medical New Today
Orange Juice (citrus fruits) –Pure, 100% orange juice provides vitamin C along with other vitamins and antioxidants, reduces inflammation, balance blood pressure, lowers bad cholesterol, promotes a glowing skin condition, prevents neural tube defects, and produces collagen. – Med-Health
Bananas –Bananas are full of vitamins (vitamin C and B6) and minerals like potassium and magnesium just to name a few. Eating a banana a day promotes a healthy heart, combats depression and may improve your mood, benefits digestion and weight loss, vision, bones, and may be a good defense against kidney cancer. – Live Science
Immune Booster Detox Smoothie
1 cup carrot juice
1 cup orange juice
1 handful kale, rinsed with stems removed
4-6 ice cubes
splash or two of water as needed
Opt. drizzle of honey for extra sweetness
Combine everything in your blender until it’s smooth…and you’re done! Drink it while it’s cold for a mid-morning boost.