Oh, the holidays. For some reason, my mind (and body) can’t decide whether they’re a welcome escape from the everyday grind — a time to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends — or whether the holiday season is an energy-sapping grind in itself, leaving me longing to return to the monotony of my 9-5 (more like 9-7) routine. Whatever the verdict, there’s no denying that my body could use a return to something at least resembling monotony. Between the Christmas-in-California jet lag to the New Years Eve late night to the endless holiday parties, I can slowly feel the energy draining from my bodily cells. Tonight, with a few hours of unclaimed time available for relaxation, there are hopes of much-needed blogging catch-up and some quality reading, but I’ll be lucky to stay awake past 10 p.m. at the rate I’m going.
In a similar way, I am also eager to reset my eating habits to the pre-holiday status quo. As much as I got a little tired of the morning power smoothie routine, nothing is sounding better than a cleansing drink after weeks of breakfast randomness. My California vacation breakfasts consisted often of leftovers from the previous night’s carry out dinner, while just this morning I preceded yet another trip to the airport with a breakfast consisting of brownies and pizza (albeit gluten-free, vegan pizza, of course).
This smoothie has been a staple in my breakfast routine for the last several months, with slight tweaks along the way. Cilantro is a super cleansing leafy green that is known to support heavy metal detox, liver cleansing, and aid in digestion. It has numerous other health properties, but the main reason I created a smoothie centered around this polarizing leaf is really because my doctor suggested that it as a cleansing agent. With a healthy dose of vitamin-rich spinach, this smoothie is richly green. The fruits, however, add a tropical sweetness that belies its overly healthy-looking color. I haven’t tried this recipe with other leafy greens, but imagine kale or parsley might be an O.K. addition as well. After drinking this, you’ll feel refreshed and energized to tackle your day — whether you’re tackling the holiday party circuit, or returning to your workday routine, whatever that may be.
Green Detox Smoothie:
1 (smaller) bunch cilantro, with stems
3 handfuls baby spinach, washed
2 cups water, or more as needed
1 cup pineapple, chopped
2 small kiwi, peeled and roughly chopped
1 banana, peeled and broken into large chunks
1 packet stevia, or sweetener to taste
1. Add cilantro, spinach and water to a (preferably high-powered) blender and blend on high until smooth, adding more water if needed.
3. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Taste for sweetness. Serve or chill in refrigerator for up to three hours before serving. Be sure to mix well before drinking if drink is separated.