RECIPE: Healthy Start Smoothie

Based on my most recent recipe posts, you might deduce that I’m really in to “juicing” right now.  No, not bodybuilder, steroid-injecting “juicing”! Actual vegetable juicing…

This just in…the VitaminWater, V8 ‘juices’ and those like it are LOADED with dyes, sodium and SUGAR.  Don’t be fooled by convenient foods, posing as healthy elixirs!

Besides, throwing several fruits and vegetables into a blender and making a smoothie is SUCH a convenient way to get in nutrient rich fruits and veggies, without preservatives, additives and extra calories. It’s fast, it’s easy, and gosh-darnit it’s FUN! (that was a joke, but it is super easy and I do enjoy it)

So here’s my latest greatest smoothie concoction. Alkaline, for those of you who care, and delicious! Great way to Detox after the gluttonous weekend!

2 cups spinach

1/2 cup frozen green grapes

2 celery sticks

1/2 lime squeezed

1/4 cup filtered water (optional)

Blend all above ingredients together.  I often throw in fresh Basil or what ever produce I have lying around to mix it up.  Try your own variations. Add honey, or 1/2 an apple, cucumber, or whatever tempts you!

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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