Day 9 and going strong!  I’m not sure about you but I’m loving this!  Even better, my husband and I just sat down after getting all the kids to bed and he said “Are you going to make a smoothie??”, I excitedly proclaimed “Yes!”  He gave a a little cheer (really!) and told me he is getting into this and can’t wait to see what different combination I’d come up with today.  I had a certain unconventional smoothie planned for today but he said he was in the mood for something a little sweet, refreshing and not too thick.  So, I switched it up and made a recipe that I wanted to make from the Vitamix web site called the Glowing Green Smoothie .  Here goes!

photo 11 1/2-2 cups (360-480 ml) water (I used coconut water)

3/4 pound (340 g) organic romaine lettuce, rough chopped, about 1 head

1/2 head large bunch or 3/4 small bunch organic spinach

3-4 organic celery stalks, halved

1 organic apple, cored, quartered

1 organic pear, cored, quartered

1 organic banana, peeled

1/2 fresh organic lemon, peeled, seeded (not shown here)

1/3 bunch organic cilantro with stems (optional)

1/3 bunch organic parsley with stems (optional)*

Place water, romaine, spinach, celery, and optional ingredients, if using, into the blender.

photo 2I then added the  apple, pear, banana and lemon juice.  I had forgotten the lemon until the last minute — but it got in there!

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After blending for about one and a half minutes I had a nice smooth smoothie that was a glowing green!

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This was a hit – but I like my smoothies cold (which is why I often use frozen fruit) so next time I use this recipe I think I will add some ice cubes!

Today we will look a little bit closer at ome of the worlds favourite garnishes – Parsley!  Parsley is rich in Vitamin B12, C, K, A as well as Beta Carotene and is a good source of folic acid and iron.  It is a power plant of chlorophyll and has volatile oils such as myristicin, limonene, eugenol as well as alpha thujene which are antioxidants found in nature.  Having parsley everyday helps to reduce blood pressure and reduces the risks related to high blood pressure such as hypertension.  Parsley is a diuretic and promotes healthy workings of the kidney.  The oil of parsley herb is a good remedy for hair loss, dry skin, ear infections, ringing in the ear and partial deafness.  Having parsley herbal tea is helpful as it stimulates digestion of protein and fat.  Parsley herb improves hormonal balances in females therefore it is helpful in treating problems like premenstrual syndrome, menopause or delayed menstruation cycle and eases cramps during menstrual cycle.

Tell me, how is the challenge going for you?

*parsley juice is often contraindicated for pregnant woman

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