A DELICIOUSlY CLEAN SPRING SMOOTHIE
This creamy, desert-like concoction will put a smile on your face and add a spring to your step. It’s flavors ring true to springs fresh start feel while the alkalizing combo helps to maintain balanced pH level in the body. The pH scale measures how acidic or basic a substance is and ranges from 0 to 14. Our ideal pH is slightly alkaline – 7.30 to 7.45. When more alkaline foods are added to the diet (lemons, leafy greens, vegetables, sea vegetables, avocados, and green juices and smoothies) as opposed to highly acidic foods (animal products, refined sugar, processed foods, soft drinks, etc), we saturate our bodies with nutrition-dense, mineral-rich, oxygenated goodness. A food can be slightly alkalizing or slightly acidic. Mangoes, for example, are slightly acidic, but are similar to papayas in offering highly active enzymes that are beneficial in the digestion of proteins. A great benefit! What’s most important to decipher about the acid/alkaline relationship in food is the recognition of the highly acidic foods (stated above), which are the major inflammation party starters.
Lastly, it’s important to keep in mind diet isn’t the only factor that affects body pH. Chronic stress, a lack of physical activity, drugs and alcohol are inflammation and acid creating culprits too. So, if you’re looking for a treat to support your springtime cravings for clean starts, this tasty mineral-rich, smoothie that will help bring your body into balance. Enjoy! xo.
Mango-Avo Lemon Ginger Smoothie
- 1.5 cups frozen mango
- 1/4 to 1/2 avocado
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1 inch ginger
- 1 Tbsp raw honey (optional)
- juice from half a lemon
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
STEP 1: Combine ingredients in blender except chia seeds. Blend until smooth and creamy.
STEP 2: Add chia seeds and give a short whirl to throughly combine. Divide into two servings (or not), savor and enjoy!
It is said that the Buddha was given the gift of a whole grove of mango trees where he could rest whenever he wished. From that time on the mango tree was held in awe as capable of granting wishes.