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A green smoothie made with aloe vera juice, oats, spinach, kale, chard and fruit makes for a quick, yet filling breakfast.
2 people made this
- 235ml aloe vera juice
- 40g oats
- 30g baby spinach leaves
- 65g chopped kale
- 35g chopped chard
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cucumber
- 70g fresh blueberries
- 2 tablespoons protein powder (optional)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
MethodPrep:10min ›Extra time:10min › Ready in:20min
- Mix aloe vera juice and oats together in a bowl; set aside until oats have absorbed the liquid, about 10 minutes.
- Blend oat mixture, spinach, kale, chard, banana, cucumber, blueberries, protein powder, cinnamon and cayenne pepper together in a blender until smooth, about 2 minutes.
Reviews & ratingsAverage global rating:(3)
Reviews in English (3)
by Diana Mc
I subbed coconut water for the aloe vera juice since it was way to expensive to try just once. A Vitamix would be perfect to blend smooth.-07 Jan 2015
by Paul Green
This is a great drink! The aloe turns it into a super cleanse. The portion is huge, though. Just cut it in half and you'll be able to finish a 16 oz drink.-10 Feb 2014
by Marcela Mariscal
I didn't use aloe juice, since I have the plant I use the pulp, I cut the recipe in half but still got 2 servings of juice, I try it and is good, you can feel the kick of the cayenne pepper at the end, I use my nutribullet and the consistency is like a smoothie.-07 Jan 2015
GREENY-GREEN ALOE VERA DETOX SMOOTHIE RECIPE
During the summer time I got to explore and play with some of my favorite foods! Aloe Vera vera happens to be one of them, not only because of its great digestive benefits, but also because since I was a kid this was my #1 natural remedy to treat sunburns, acne and dry skin.
Aloe vera may help decrease irritation in the stomach and intestines. The juice may also help people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other inflammatory disorders of the intestines.
Follow this simple and healthy recipe for making an easy green apple smoothie, with lots of spinach, healthy fats, fiber, refreshing green apple and of course aloe vera!
Prepping Cactus Leaves for a Detox Cactus Smoothie
Prepping cactus leaves can seem daunting, but it is fairly easy. Wear clean gloves if you feel nervous about being pricked.
Grab a brand new dish scrubber and gently scrub the cactus in the opposite direction of the needles. The cactus leave will start to feel slimy as the needles come off. Cut off the edges around the cactus leaf.
If you want more delicious good for you smoothies, you need to try my avocado chocolate peanut butter smoothie
Does Aloe Vera Juice Help Detoxify?
If you want to drink aloe juice to detoxify your body, I’m afraid you might be disappointed – there’s no scientific evidence that supports aloe juice being detoxifying.
The best way to detox is still to let our bodies do it naturally, drinking plenty of water and providing our bodies detox centers like the liver and kidneys with the nutrients they need to function at their best.
When I feel like detoxing I go straight for a juice cleanse. This way I’m nourishing my body with an influx of nutrients, staying properly hydrated, and limiting my intake of toxins.
I also find that a juice cleanse helps me to “reset”, getting rid of bad eating habits and helping me to crave healthier foods.
Just make sure you know how to properly prep for a juice cleanse to get the most out of it!
If you don’t have the time to juice yourself, try a juice cleanse that’s made for you by professionals!
My personal favorite is the 3-day cleanse from Jus By Julie. Their juices are delicious, but they also keep the fiber in their juices unlike most companies.
Fiber is extremely important for digestion and it helps to make sure the juices don’t spike your blood sugar!
You can also try some homemade detox waters which will help to keep you properly hydrated.
So if aloe juice isn’t exactly detoxifying, then what is it good for?
Aloe Vera Gel
However, you can use the gel for many different things. There is no reason to be wasteful with the aloe leaf. You could turn that gel into hand sanitizer, anti-itch spray, baby wipes, liquid foundation, mascara, shave soap and so much more. In fact, there are a couple of smoothie recipes with aloe vera here that use the gel in the recipe as well. It adds a little more flavor but not exactly welcomed flavor. That is why the other ingredients are so important.
Cleansing Beauty Juice: Aloe Vera
While you may have grown an aloe vera plant at one time or another, did you know that for thousands of years it’s been used in medical practices? That’s right!
The extract of this plant is extremely potent and some of the most important components of the leaves of this plant are amino acids, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin E, lignans, and other minerals and enzymes.
As for its juice, Aloe vera juice is made from the leaves of the aloe vera plant, and is made by crushing, grinding, and blending the entire leaf. Who would’ve thought the whole leaf too!
Once several filtering steps have taken place, the juice can then be consumed for its concentrated nutritional values.
Though the smell of this plant can be potent and hard to chug down (like was popular back in the day. I do not recommend this as it can be quite nasty!!), the juice is really quite mild and easy to drink.
I personally like to add it to other drinks (like in this smoothie), but if you can handle the smell and taste, then I say, go for it! You can also add aloe vera to water, with lemon, and your favorite organic sweetener for a refreshing and tastier drink than when drinking it solo.
So why has Aloe vera juice become so popular as a health supplement or dietary drink?
Aloe Vera Juice Benefits
As you may have guessed, its standout benefit is its power to cleanse our insides. Yes, from our mouth down through our guts.
And when I talk about our guts, this really has everything to do with assimilation and digestion. Due to the high water content of aloe vera juice, it can help to keep you hydrated and stimulate healthy elimination — helping to relieve the body of excess toxins, including fats and salts — being an excellent at detoxifying the body.
Aloe vera juice can also improve your digestive process and relieve constipation by lubricating the intestines — increasing nutrient uptake and prevent discomfort from things like bloating, cramping, and flatulence, and therefore, aiding us in digestion.
In order to have the best environment for our guts, we need to have a balanced pH. Unfortunately, many people tend to have an overly acidic stomach.
The great news is, aloe vera has alkalizing properties, which makes it ideal for keeping our tummies functioning normally and maintaining a proper microflora balance. The end result — aloe vera juice helps prevent gut irritation.
So aside from all its popular topical uses, aloe vera juice really is an all-around excellent body cleanser. Removing toxic matter all the way from our stomach, kidneys, and spleen, to our bladder, liver, and colon — all of which are critical in keeping and maintaining our health, beauty, and overall well-being.
In addition, aloe is effective at more immediate relief from ailments, such as indigestion, upset stomach, and gut inflammation.
All of this combined with the cleansing and beautifying benefits from the fresh spinach, ripe banana, juicy pineapple, detoxifying green tea, and a little date for sweetness, and you have yourself a power cleanser that should be a part of your beauty meal plan, any time of the week!
Let’s feed our guts with only the best ingredients and start pulling out the ingredients!
Healing Aloe Smoothie Recipe
This smoothie—which uses the fresh gel from inside the aloe leaf, although you could use pure store bought juice—is naturally sweet, using organic apple juice and strawberries to help hide any unpleasant taste. I’ve been eating aloe vera for a long to help with digestive issues, and it’s long been one of my favorite nutritional supplements.
Consuming one tablespoon aloe gel a day is said to help with everything from reducing constipation and healing inflammation of the digestive tract to soothing canker sores and preventing wrinkles. That’s because aloe vera improves blood circulation and decreases inflammation, thus speeding up wound healing and preventing cell death inside the body.
It also appears that aloe has properties that are harmful to certain types of bacteria and fungi, so it keeps bad bacteria at bay and allows good bacteria to flourish.
If you are using liquid from an aloe plant, be sure to use one that hasn’t been sprayed with pesticides and wash it well first. Simply slice the leaf open lengthwise with a sharp knife, then use the knife to scrape the gel out of the center.
You can also buy food grade aloe very gel at the natural food store or online. Aloe vera breaks down quickly so the commercial gel is likely to have preservatives in it. Otherwise, it’s just as good for you as the fresh-from-the-plant kind.
While aloe is certainly the star of the show, this smoothie contains other ingredients that are also beneficial to the body.
Leafy green veggies are loaded with much-needed vitamins C, D, and K, not to mention antioxidants that help to detox the body and boost the liver activity. Consider spinach, kale, parsley, beet greens or chard to add to your diet as a simple step towards a healthy lifestyle.
Strawberries are considered one of nature’s best super foods thanks to an abundance of phytonutrients. They’re chock full of antioxidants and, like kale, combat free radicals.
They’re also loaded with significant amounts of zinc and iron, both skin-friendly minerals. Strawberries also help boost the production of collagen when eaten regularly. And as an added bonus, strawberries can even help whiten your teeth!
Grab a huge handful of spinach and toss it into the bottom of a quart-sized bag.
Add in 1/2 ripe banana peeled, 1 tablespoon orange juice concentrate and 1 cup frozen pineapple.
Add in your optional parsley and cilantro or any other add-ins you like. Some folks like flax or chia seeds, aloe vera or even protein powders.
Squeeze as much air as possible out of bags and seal. Label and freeze - I like to layer them on a cookie sheet so they stay flat as they freeze. You should be able to make 13 bags.
To later make your make-ahead green smoothie just take out one of your pre-frozen bags. Then pour ingredients into the blender - I will squeeze the bags on both sides and all the ingredients slip out nicely. Add in about 1 - 2 cups of cold water and blend away. Start with less water and get it to the consistency you like your smoothie.
Serving size? It makes about a quart sized mason jar full. So if you drink that much it serves one. Or if you just want a nice 8 oz. glass you can get a little over 2 cups full.
Tasteless Aloe Green Smoothie Recipe
Are you someone who would benefit from aloe vera, but can’t stand the taste of it? You are not alone! Aloe Vera is an acquired taste, but sometimes instead of getting used to it you need to mask it with other ingredients. With this recipe you can drink your daily vegetables!
What you will need:
- , 1 CUP
- Green Apple 1 apple, diced
- Celery sticks 2, peeled and diced
- Kale leaves, 3 cups
- Lime juice
Pour aloe and lime juice into your blender. Add diced and celery and add kale. Blend until you reach your desire consistency. If wanted, add ice. Pour and serve!
How To Cook Aloe Vera
Poach cubes of Aloe vera gel over low heat for a few minutes with some sugar and lime or lemon juice to create a jello-style ingredient that you can put on yogurts and other desserts. Alternatively, you can mix gel cubes into a wide variety of salads, including fruit ones, or even put it into a salad dressing by blending it with olive oil and other typical dressing ingredients like basil or lemon juice.
Aloe Vera Recipes
Aloe vera's uses don't stop at drinks. You can also put parts of it in breakfast dishes like this Overnight Vanilla Cinnamon Chia Pudding or a Tropical Acai Bowl. Alternatively, use it in salads. Try mixing it into this Mango Basil Seed Oil-Free Dressing. Aloe vera gel could replace the cactus in this Ensalada de Nopales.
Aloe vera's relatively neutral flavor makes it great for adding into all kinds of dishes, even when they don't list it as an ingredient. It could add some extra texture as a component in this Apricot Basil Seed Yogurt Dip with Turmeric and Ginger, for example, and you can even add it into snacks like these Mango Lassi Bars. The options for incorporating this healthy food into family meals are endless.
This versatile plant can make you feel good on the outside and the inside. Take the plunge and bring home an Aloe vera leaf from your grocery store today to create a great conversation piece when you serve it up as a key ingredient in a glass or a bowl.