Since I’ll be frolicking on the beaches of Cancun next week (!!!), I’ve been more mindful with what I’m eating and have entered a slight detox mode.
Hence this Bikini Ready Green Detox Smoothie. I want to feel my best and fully embrace all things that are vacation and relaxation. Dreaming of bikinis + tan lines + sandy feet + salty air + ocean waves + having not a care in the world. I’ll also be doing my 5 Day Body Balance Cleanse which leaves me feel amazing.
Feeling bikini ready takes work… but there is a healthy and natural long-term solution that doesn’t include any magic diet pills or expensive juice cleanses which is: more plants! Filled with fiber, water, digestive enzymes and vital nutrients, they will heal your digestion, naturally de-bloat your tummy, leave your skin hydrated and refresh you from the inside out. You will glow. Of course the other main component is exercise. While exercise builds and tones your muscles, proper plant nutrition will expose your hard work; this is essential for any beach babe!
I like to think that my plant based eating habits are already solid but I can pay more attention to things that affect/assist my digestion, which for me, makes all the difference in how I feel, what my mood is like and how my skin looks.
this means eating extra of these:
- leafy greens (kale and spinach)
- green vegetables
- filtered water with fresh lemon juice
- fully raw meals
- cold-pressed juices
- chia seeds
and less of these:
- salty foods
- processed everything
The picture below is from one of my pinterest boards. Pretty much sums up all the vacay vibes right?
Keeping our digestion and elimination in check is so important for a flat tummy that feels balanced rather than a heavy tummy that’s weighing you down. Elimination is our body’s way of ridding all the toxins, pollutants, chemicals and junk that we consume daily. So eliminating these nasties on a daily basis is the key to being bikini ready and healthy all year long. If our digestion is off track, those toxins are being reabsorbed into our blood, making us feel tired, heavy and bloated.
Prepping for bikini season or not, I never starve myself or skip meals; this interrupts digestion, metabolism, mood, hormones and a mess of other things. I’m just more mindful of what I’m cooking, chopping, snacking on and what I keep in the house.
If temptations are there then the temptation is real. If it’s not there it’s not flooding my thoughts ha.
So I won’t buy the addicting vegan chocolate chips that I take handfuls from every now and again. I won’t buy the vegan treats from Whole Foods or the super salty popcorn. Which brings us to this new smoothie that I plan on drinking every morning this entire week!
The ever-so-popular Bikini Ready Green Detox Smoothie.
With all of the green smoothie recipes out there, you may overlook them as I usually do because I’ve been making the same green smoothie for a year now (the kind with lots of veggies). I either make a green smoothie with kale, celery, cucumber, apple, lemon, ginger and water or I make a smoothie with mixed berries, spinach, banana, maca/matcha/hemp hearts/flaxseeds/chia seeds and almond milk. Each of those have variations but depending on the day, I make something related to those smoothies. I still love them but I’m down for trying a new detoxifying, cleansing and energizing smoothie. This actually tastes more fruity and pineappl-ey than veggie like!
here are the ingredients and why:
Kale: plant protein (amino acids), antioxidants, fiber, calcium, vitamin A, iron, magnesium – essential for regular digestion, immunity and glowing skin
Lemon: vitamin C – detoxification, anti-bacterial, blood purifier, pH balancer, liver cleanser, immunity
Banana: fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A – promote healthy digestion/regularity
Cucumber: potassium, vitamin C – skin hydration, de-bloat, electrolytes
Celery: calcium, B vitamins, iron, magnesium – alkalinity, detoxification, de-bloat
Pineapple: manganese, vitamin C, fiber, bromelain (enzymes) – anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, immunity, anti-cancer, reduce wrinkles
Spirulina Powder: plant protein (amino acids), bio-available iron, B vitamins, essential fatty acids, chlorophyll – weight management, energy, brain cognition and function (I buy this brand)
Chia Seeds: plant protein,iron, calcium, fiber, antioxidants, omega-3’s – feeling full, hydration and digestion (buy them here).
All of these ingredients play a part in keeping your body nourished, hydrated, energized and regular. Drinking a Bikini Ready Green Detox Smoothie regularly will make you feel good and help you get started. Keep in mind though, it’s more about your entire lifestyle and what you do on a daily basis that will help you achieve that sizzlin’ bikini bod.
- 1.5 cups kale, de-stemmed (or spinach, chard etc.)
- 1/2 english cucumber, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 small lemon, peel removed
- 1 ripe banana, frozen
- 1 cup pineapple (frozen)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2-1 teaspoon spirulina powder (depending on preference)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup cold, filtered water
- handful of ice (optional)
- Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy.
- Optional: Sometimes I add a small knob of fresh ginger for a digestive aid and extra zing!