Happy New Year, everyone! I seriously can’t believe it’s 2010. Incredible!
I figured we’d start the New Year off right with a detox smoothie that incorporates some seasonal fruits and also some spices of the Middle East that are extremely beneficial to the health.
I’ve been a smoothie junkie since my teens. What’s not to love? They’re refreshing, filling, and flavorful. Growing up, my mom was cool enough to let me play around a lot in the kitchen. Sometimes I even came up with something worthwhile ;-) Like a great smoothie.
Over the years, I’ve made many different types of smoothies, but this one has to be one of my favorites. It’s simple, fresh, and effective at cleaning out the body and helping to reduce bloat and/or fluid retention. It’s full of nutrients, antioxidants, and is super-hydrating, so if any of you are bellying up to this blog after a night of bellying up to the bar, read on. . .
Fresh cranberries at the farmers’ market inspired this smoothie. The cranberries help reduce bloat. The turmeric has may beneficial properties. It’s a popular spice in Middle Eastern food and in many other cuisines as well (Indian comes to mind). It has anti-inflammatory properties, is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, and a liver detoxifier.
Pumpkin pie spice is added in for more flavor and fun, but if you don’t have a pumpkin pie spice blend on hand, you could simplify and just add in some ground cinnamon and/or nutmeg.
This smoothie has a tartness to it, thanks in no small part to the cranberries and the fresh lemon, so don’t expect it to be super sweet. Whenever possible, use organic ingredients to really start the new year off right ;-)
Cranberry Bliss Detox Smoothie
For 2 smoothies, 12-16 ounces each:
2 apples, sliced, peel left on
2 pears, sliced, peel left on
1 lemon, peeled, cut in quarters, seeds removed
1 cup fresh cranberries
2 cups of filtered water (keep extra handy if needed)
Sweetener of choice (my picks would be stevia, agave, or honey, in that order of preference)
4-6 Ice cubes (if you want a cooler smoothie)
1 Tablespoon turmeric
2 Teaspoons pumkin pie spice blend (optional) OR 2 teaspoons of cinnamon or 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1. Blend ice, if using, and 1 cup of the filtered water together. Then add the spice powders and blend again. Add in all fruits and blend until smooth, adding water as necessary. Check the taste and adjust seasoning to taste. If it seems too thick, add more filtered water and re-blend.
2. Pour into festive glasses of your choice, and enjoy. I like to drink mine with a straw. You can store the smoothie, covered, in the fridge for two days, or freeze any leftover smoothie and enjoy another day.