January is Detox month over at G-Free Mom . Every day this month a different blogger is sharing a recipe with you to help you eat fresh fruits and vegetables. All the recipes will be gluten free juices, smoothies or soups. I’m happy to be contributing to this event. January is a great month to get ourselves back onto this path and using a detox is a great way to to jump start that.
You know there have been two words that have put fear into me, detox and green smoothie. Detox sounded hard to do, restrictive and painful and green smoothies well those are just two words that didn’t go with each other in my mind. Well that is until I’ve started on both.
I started making green smoothies  after Ali at The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen shared one that didn’t seem too far out there so I gave it a try. I actually liked it because it tasted more like the fruit than the vegetables. I didn’t have a very good blender so I had to let it run a long time to get a smooth drink. Now that I have my VitaMix  I can make amazing smoothies in no time at all. A fast and easy way to get really good nutrients into my body.
I’ve realized you can just about put any fruit or vegetable combination and come up with something that tastes good. If you have an over powering taste, adding some cinnamon is a great trick to tame that taste and move it to something you’ll enjoy. Oh and cinnamon is really good for you  too! I have gotten my husband hooked on these smoothies and now I’m working on my youngest son.
This kid does not like vegetables. I have to get very creative to make something he’ll eat with vegetables and I have lots of secrets on that topic (promise to share soon). We have over the past year increased his list of vegetables he’ll eat, but it’s not going to include a green smoothie in a glass right now. So this smoothie has more fruit than vegetables but it’s a start. I have gradually added in more darker green vegetables to this recipe and it has still maintained the good taste he’ll eat. I add kale and spinach and serve it in a tall thermal cup from Starbucks and a dark colored straw. He knows not to open the lid. My hope is that he never reads this post or the gig is up on how many vegetables he’s really eating.
When you make a smoothie I think it’s more of an art than a science. What I mean by that is you don’t have to put in exactly what you read in a recipe. You add what you like or what you have on hand. Just make sure you give it a taste before serving, especially if you are trying to hide something.
So this smoothie I’m sharing was first created by Melissa on Gluten Free For Good as Cherry Cabbage Chia Recovery Smoothie . I’ve made it so much it felt like mine but it’s really her creation. She adds yogurt and uses napa cabbage in hers. I changed those items up according to our needs. If you are looking for more smoothie ideas, food that’s not only good but good for your body and want to know why, go to her blog. Everything she creates has been great. Our family particularly loves her Healthy Power Bars . Melissa is amazing and creates recipes that are packed with ingredients that are good for you on so many levels.
Gluten-Free & Dairy Free Cherry Smoothie Recipe with a Secret
1 Apple seeded and chopped
1 Banana peeled
1/2 cup Frozen Cherries
1 cup Cabbage chopped
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1 cup Coconut water
1 tsp Chia Seeds
Into your blender add the liquids first. Then add in the rest of the ingredients.
Start the blender on low and slowly turn it up to high. If you have a VitaMix you can use the tamper to push the fruit down without worrying about hitting the blades. It also does a great job of blending this so it’s really smooth. If you have a good blender you shouldn’t have any problems.
If this is too thick you need to add a little more liquid.
Shared this on Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays .