Stinging Nettle Smoothie
Makes 1-2 servings
In honor of Earth Day and our health, here’s a fun smoothie recipe.
The stinging nettle is used for both women’s and men’s reproductive health, to help with energy levels, detoxifying of organs, helps to relieve allergy symptoms, strengthens bones, hair, teeth and nails too. It’s very high in vital vitamins and minerals and phytonutrients that are most likely missing from many of our diets.
If you don’t have access to fresh nettle, you can certainly substitute dried nettle leave, but it will be a bit chewier. You could try soaking the dried leaves a bit first. This will help some.
If using fresh nettle, you’ll need to blanch the leaves first. Bring a pot of water to a boil, drop the leaves in, stirring frequently for about 2 minutes. Strain.
Save this liquid for tea or adding to soups and sauces.
1/2 cup fresh nettle (tightly packed) or use 1/4 cup dried (soaked for a bit first)
1/2 cup kale or spinach (also tightly packed)
1 banana (I like ripe)
1 cup milk kefir (could use coconut water, if dairy free)
2 tablespoons coconut oil or 1/4 avocado
If using fresh nettle, see my note above.
Add all to a blender, add any other items you’d like to sweeten. I sometimes use a tablespoon or two of maple syrup or you could add a splash of apple juice or an apple.
When I make smoothies, they typically always end up different because I tend to use what I have or what my body tells me it needs.
Have fun with this and enjoy!
Shamrock Shake – Healthy, Paleo Version
Makes about 4 cups
1 can coconut milk (you can also sub 1 ¾ cups of any other type of milk)
1 avocado, peeled and seed removed
2 1/2 – 3 tablespoons pure raw honey (or other sweetener of choice)
1 cup of ice
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
Put everything in the blender and blend. Enjoy!
Inspired by Kelly, Primally Inspired
Banana Nut Butter Coconut Smoothie
1/2 to a whole banana
1/3 can coconut milk
1/2 cup cold filtered water or almond milk or kefir
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2-3 tablespoons nut or seed butter (almond, peanut, cashew or sun butter)
2 free-range egg yolks or 1 scoop grass-fed whey protein powder
Ice, as needed
Add everything to the blender and blend until smooth.
Inspired by Just Enjoy Food
Ruby Red Smoothie
2 fresh beets (peel skin off if not organic)
2 celery stems
½ cucumber, remove skin
Directions: Put the beet, celery, cucumber and carrot through the juicer.
Add juice to a blender along with the banana and avocado. Mix well.
Serve and enjoy!
Recipe: courtesy of A Touch of Zest