You can’t go wrong with a chocolate fudge smoothie, right? This smoothie is sure to satisfy your chocolate craving AND add to your veggie and fruit intake!
Indulging in a chocolate fudge smoothie may sound like an overindulgence, but this delectable and nutritious treat can actually support your body’s natural detoxification process. Let’s break down the ingredients that make this smoothie a powerhouse for detox:
Avocado (1 half): Creamy and nutrient-dense, avocados provide a rich source of monounsaturated fats and antioxidants. They support liver function, a crucial organ in detoxification, while also supplying the body with essential vitamins.
Spinach (1/4 cup, frozen): Packed with chlorophyll and a plethora of vitamins and minerals, spinach aids in flushing out toxins from the body. Its fiber content promotes healthy digestion and regular bowel movements, essential for effective detoxification.
Banana (1/2, frozen): Besides adding natural sweetness, bananas are rich in potassium, aiding in maintaining electrolyte balance and supporting kidney function. The potassium content helps in flushing out excess sodium from the body, contributing to the overall detox process.
Dates (2, pitted and chopped): These natural sweeteners not only enhance the smoothie’s flavor but also provide fiber, aiding in digestion. Additionally, dates are rich in antioxidants, which combat free radicals and support the body’s cellular detoxification processes.
Cocoa Powder (3 Tbs, unsweetened): Packed with flavonoids and antioxidants, unsweetened cocoa powder not only adds a rich, chocolatey flavor but also supports the body’s natural detox pathways. Cocoa’s antioxidants help neutralize harmful free radicals, promoting overall cellular health.
Almond Milk (1 cup, unsweetened): This dairy-free alternative adds a creamy texture while being low in calories. Almond milk contains vitamin E, an antioxidant that supports skin health, and its hydrating properties contribute to the elimination of waste products from the body. Not a fan of almond milk? Feel free to use dairy milk or another milk alternative.
Blend these wholesome ingredients together, and you have a Chocolate Fudge Smoothie that goes beyond its delicious taste – it’s a detoxifying delight for your body. Enjoy!
1/4 cup spinach, frozen
1/2 banana, frozen
2 dates, pitted and chopped
3 Tbs cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth, adding water or ice to achieve desired consistency
Three Satisfying Ways to Eat The Superfood Broccoli
Broccoli is considered a superfood due to its rich nutritional profile, containing high levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. One of its key components, sulforaphane, has been shown to support the body’s detoxification process by enhancing the activity of enzymes that eliminate harmful substances. Additionally, broccoli’s fiber content aids in digestion and promotes a healthy gut, further contributing to overall detoxification and optimal health.
Tofu Broccoli Sheet Pan Dinner
1 pepper, red bell, chopped
1 pepper, orange bell, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1 cup broccoli, chopped
6 oz tofu, firm, cubed 1/2 package, drained
1/4 cup cashews, raw
2 Tbs tamari
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp maple syrup
2 tsp ginger, minced
2 Tbs olive oil
Chop bell peppers, carrots, green onions, broccoli
Preheat oven to 375º
Mince ginger and garlic
In a small bowl, mix together tamari, garlic, maple syrup and ginger
Remove tofu from package, cut into 1 inch cubes, drain excess liquid
On a lined sheet pan, spread out vegetables, firm tofu and cashews
Drizzle with sauce
Cook for 30 minutes or until cooked through
Add other vegetables like cauliflower, green beans and onions
Simply Steamed Broccoli
8 cups broccoli florets
Wash and cut broccoli into uniform florets
Place about 2″ of water in the bottom of a pan, bring to a boil then reduce to simmer
Place broccoli in steamer rack and set above simmering water
Cover and steam until broccoli turns bright green and is al dente (a bit soft with some bite) – about 3 minutes
Rinse in cold water and store in covered container in refrigerator
Meal Prep Tip: Select two low-glycemic vegetables a week to steam and store in the refrigerator like broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, asparagus, etc.
Shredded Broccoli Stem and Carrot Salad
3 cups broccoli, stalks, peeled only
1 cup cabbage, red, shredded
4 carrots, peeled and shredded
4 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup pepitas, raw, shelled (pumpkin seeds)
Shred broccoli stems, carrots and red cabbage
Chop scallions and cilantro leaves
Add shredded vegetables to a large bowl and massage until softened
Add dressing just before serving and toss with scallions, pepitas and cilantro
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tsp maple syrup
salt, to taste
Zest and juice lemon
Add all ingredients to a mason jar with lids and shake to combine or whisk ingredients
Replace vegetables listed here with equal amounts of other favorites – shredded brussels sprouts, kale, and beets all work!