When doing an elimination protocol like the 4 Phase Fat Loss Protocol, a green smoothie is a great way to boost your nutrient levels to aid the detox process & reduce hunger pangs.
I had a look at the foods I was allowed, the recommended supplements and a couple of things I was taking before the protocol that whilst not being “official”, do not go against the guidelines of the protocol and are what I’d consider “safe” as well as beneficial. Here’s what I came up with:
The 4PFLP allows for 2-3 serves of fruit a day. I tend to stick to apples (we live down the road from an organic apple orchard) & berries. For this smoothie, I went with apples for their fibre content & natural sweetness. Apple pectin helps us to maintain a healthy gut microbiome and can modulate Metabolic Syndrome by reducing insulin resistance.
Source organic apples when possible as they are on the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list of the foods with the most pesticide residues.
Lemons, like most citrus fruits, are a source of Vitamin C which can reduce your risk of heart disease, boost immunity, support collagen production (for healthier skin, hair, nails & joints), reduce body fat accumulation & support adrenal function in times of stress.
Like apples, the pulp of lemons contain pectin, which is why I use lemon with only the rind removed rather than just lemon juice.
Another source of Vitamin C, along with an assortment of other vitamins, minerals & phytonutrients with an assortment of health benefits such as aiding digestion, strengthening bones and muscles, maintaining normal blood pressure, improving eyesight, aiding neurological function & reducing inflammation. An extract of spinach has been shown to aid weight loss by suppressing appetite, reducing ghrelin (the hunger hormone), delaying fat digestion & reducing cravings for sweets.
Raw spinach is high in phytates and oxalates which can interfere with mineral absorption & thyroid function, so I only eat a small amount raw & use the rest cooked in meals (the heat deactivates the anti-nutrients).
Spinach is another one on the Dirty Dozen list, so again, only buy organic or grow your own.
Changing Habits plant-derived Organic Colloidal Minerals can be used daily to provide essential minerals, trace elements and nutrients.
Derived from ancient vegetation (peat), cold-extracted and suspended in ultra-pure de-ionised water, this product contains natural trace elements. Modern food can be shown to be deficient in many of these vital trace elements, this is due to modern farming methods and long-term storage of food.
There are 7 minerals which are classed as essential, these minerals are: calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, sulfur, sodium and chlorine. There are another 9 trace minerals; iron, zinc, iodine, selenium, copper, manganese flourine, chromium and molybdenum required by the body in small amounts.
All the minerals in the Changing Habits Colloidals are naturally found in food.
Supreme Green Blend
The Changing Habits organic Supreme Green Blend is a fantastic way of getting real food, plant based nutrients into your body, as opposed to something that’s made in a chemical laboratory. Staying true to their philosophy of keeping it simple, their unique blend combines key green superfoods barley grass powder, chlorella, spirulina, broccoli sprout powder, green stevia powder (natural sweetener) and New Zealand kelp powder. Sourced and packed in New Zealand from all organically grown products.
These greens may aid detoxification & assist in balancing hormone levels.
From extensive research, Cyndi at Changing Habits found many of the probiotics available on the market were in a capsule form (some casings can contain petroleum properties), made on petrie dishes, genetically modified and with no prebiotics – the actual food that the probiotic lives on and eats. Their probiotics contain the best organic ingredients that have been fermented by a method trademarked as flora ferm, dried and made into a powder, providing you with prebiotics and probiotics that are real food. All the ingredients in Changing Habits all-natural probiotics are organic and have been chosen for their specific properties.
Moringa is known to be the world’s most nutritious plant, with 94 phytonutrients and 46 antioxidants. Naturally refined Moringa superfood powder contains all 8 essential amino acids, which repair the body’s damage, perfect for after training or for an immunity boost.
Moringa superfood powder contains plant anti inflammatories, which help reduce any internal swelling. All disease is rooted in chronic inflammation in the body. Diabetes and obesity are now linked with chronic inflammation. Eliminate inflammation in the body and disease begins to improve.
Several months ago I was listening to an interview with gut health expert, Dr Jason Hawrelak. He mentioned that one of the best forms of fibre to increase the population of good microbes in the gut is partially-hydrolysed guar gum. Unlike regular guar gum, it does not gel, instead mixing easily into any liquids without any obvious change to taste or texture. Unlike some rougher forms of fibre, it’s generally well tolerated by people with IBS. I did some research to find out where to get it & sourced it online as Sunfiber. I’ve been using it regularly (no pun intended) to support my gut health.
When combined, they make a delicious smoothie, packed with nutrients and antioxidants in a form that’s easily absorbed by the body. If you try it, I’d love to know what you think 🙂
Nyree's Nourishing Detox Green Smoothie
- 1/2 tray of ice
- 1 medium organic apple quartered, skin on, seeds removed
- ½ lemon skin removed
- Small handful of organic baby spinach leaves
- 1 tsp Changing Habits Colloidal Minerals
- 1 tsp Changing Habits Supreme Green Blend
- 1/2 tsp Changing Habits Probiotics
- 1 tsp Moringa Powder
- 1 scoop Sunfiber powder
- 1/2 c water
- A small handful of mint or parsley
- 2 drops liquid stevia (optional)
Place the icecubes in the Thermomix (or other high-power blender).
Add remaining ingredients, starting with the fruit & spinach, then the powders and liquids.
Blend on Sp 9 (high) for 2-3 minutes (depending if you prefer it thick or smoother).
Serve in a large tumbler (makes around 500ml).
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