If you've been following along to get my daily "green smoothie without fruit recipe", you'll know that I suspected that I was having some issues with fruit. I decided to go off of it for two weeks. A slight dilemma for a person who practically lives on these nutrition packed green smoothies with fruit!! It's been a week and my face has totally cleared up! I had been using berries every single day for over a year in my smoothie. I like mine to be VERY green, so I use mostly greens and then I add some strawberries or mixed berries. I am thinking now that I must have over-done it and my body is so kind to have let me know by creating ZITS on my face:) NO fun at all. Usually I have such good skin b/c of my diet so this was driving me crazy, to say the least. At first I thought I was entering a deeper phase of detox since I've been eating a mostly raw diet for over a year now. (Don't be fooled though, the non-mostly raw part has included some wine and treats here and there, a cup of coffee on Sundays, etc...)
Anyway, I finally realized that something was just not right because my skin was getting worse and worse. So I set out to find the cause and within one week, three people mentioned that either fruit or berries caused them to break out. I've never been able to handle much fruit and actually went most of last year with almost no fruit (except the few berries in my smoothie). In January I began adding more fruit to my diet and this is about the same time I began to have trouble with my skin.
So, I set out to have veggie only smoothies for two weeks. My skin cleared up within three days! I made veggie smoothies for about 4 days and then I began craving green juice instead. So...long story short, I wanted to post my veggie smoothie recipes daily, but I've been just making green juices and LOVING them. They may not be quite as filling, but this is what my body wants, I get a ton of energy from them and so I'm going for it!
Here's how I make mine...
4 carrots, scrubbed, not peeled
4 stalks celery
Handful parsley or cilantro
1/4 - 1/2 lemon
1 finger ginger (1/2 - 1 inch piece)
1/2 tomato or 1 small tomato
4 big leaves of any greens like collard greens, kale, etc...
1 granny smith apple (optional, and I'm not doing this at this point, but very yummy!)
I put all of this through my JUICER, not blender, and then I add 1 tsp sole and some cayenne pepper to taste. If you do not have sole, just add some Celtic or Himalayan salt. Enjoy in a martini glass with a lemon wedge!! If you do not own a juicer, you could put all of this in the blender and then strain it through a nylon sprout bag.