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Monday Morning Detox Smoothie

Woof. How does that alarm come around so soon? It’s Monday morning. You’ve had a wonderful weekend with friends and family but with the ever-so-subtle pounding in your head reminds you that maybe you had a little too much fun. We’ve all been guilty of it. There are weekends I eat well, exercise, and go to bed at 9pm. And then there are other weekends where family or friends are visiting, weddings are celebrated, and long nights grilling on the back patio transpire. That’s just life. The healthy lifestyle ebbs and flows.

But after those not-so-healthy weekends, I find myself come Monday morning wanting some type of a reset button with my diet. Something to jump start my Monday on a positive note. This detox smoothie is my go-to! Now all my fellow dietitians don’t get your panties in a bundle. This smoothie will not completely erase or “detox” your body of all the harmful things you did to it over the weekend (that’s what your liver is for!), but the smoothie does have some serious antioxidant power that will help start your diet back on the right foot for the week.

Studies suggest that turmeric, in particular the active ingredient curcumin found in turmeric, has many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. However, the absorption of curcumin is not always the best when consumed alone. Research has found that piperine, the active ingredient in black pepper (also found in chili powder and cayenne pepper), can significantly increase the absorption of curcumin in the body when consumed together. As a result, the health benefits of curcumin are enhanced when taken in combination with black pepper.

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I know what you’re thinking. Black pepper and turmeric in a smoothie? Does that even taste good? I’m here to tell you it does. The black pepper is nearly untraceable in the flavor of the smoothie. And trust me the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power house that this smoothie packs is well worth trying the recipe.

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This smoothie aids in getting my digestive system back on track, helps tame some of the inflammation caused from my weekend activities, and gives me a great boost of energy on a Monday morning, which who are we kidding, we all could use ­čśë Enjoy!

-EAB

Monday Morning Detox Smoothie

Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • ┬Ż tbsp pickled ginger (fresh works well too)
  • 1 handful fresh spinach (frozen can also work)
  • ┬Ż frozen banana
  • ┬╝ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ┬╝ avocado
  • juice of ┬Ż lemon
  • pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1 cup unsweetened soy milk (or milk of choice)

Instructions

  1. Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Add more/less milk to your desired consistency.

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Matcha Green Tea Energy Balls

Matcha green tea powder is quite popular for its antioxidant powder that is potentially greater than regular bagged green tea.

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Why you might ask?

Matcha green tea is slightly different from traditional green tea in a few ways.

Consumption:

Matcha green tea is the whole tea leaf ground into a powder. This powder is then mixed in with hot water for a frothy tea beverage, ultimately allowing you to consume whole tea leaves. On the other hand, general consumption of regular green tea is the infused water from the leaves instead of whole tea leaf consumption.

Growth:

About six weeks prior to harvest time, matcha green tea leaves are shaded to help reduce sunlight and photosynthesis. As a result, the chlorophyll and amino acid content is intensified, which helps contribute to its umami flavor profile and wonderful antioxidant power. High quality matcha is grown in near darkness prior to harvest.

Health Benefits:

Matcha green tea also contains l-theanine and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which have antioxidant properties, help fight inflammation in the body, and may improve alertness. Due to lack of scientific evidence specific to matcha green tea, there is no clear indication to drink matcha green tea over regular green tea. However, due to the fact that really good quality matcha creates an amazingly frothy, creamy latte AND has potential to repair the damage I do to my body on the weekends, I’m sold. Try using in lattes, smoothies, and sweet or savory sauces. It is not recommended to drink more than 2 cups of matcha green tea daily due to its nutrient concentration.

Now let’s get to the recipe!

These matcha green tea balls are a great snack to hold you over between meals, give you a boost before or after a workout, or as a healthy┬ádessert after dinner. I made these babies for my coworkers as a holiday gift because I’ve got “matcha” love for my team ­čÖé Hope you enjoy!

Matcha Green Tea Energy Balls

Course Dessert, Snack
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 48 balls
Author Elizabeth Weber

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened soy milk (or other non-dairy milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup matcha green tea powder

Instructions

  1. Pit and chop the dates. Place matcha powder in a medium-sized mixing bowl and set aside.

  2. Combine the almonds, oats, and cocoa powder in a food processor and pulse until evenly distributed.

  3. Add the dates, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and 1/8 cup of the soy milk. Pulse until the mixture is formed. After adding the first 1/8 cup of soy milk, add 1 tsp of soy milk at a time until the mixture is moist enough to roll, but not too wet where it is constantly sticking to your hands.

  4. Roll the dough into ~1 inch size balls and place in the mixing bowl with the matcha green tea powder.

  5. Shake the bowl to coat the balls with the powder. Serve immediately or refrigerate/freeze for later use.

 

-EAW