The Grinch- Cranberry & Greens Smoothie (gluten free $ AIP/paleo)



I'm always looking for new combinations of veggies and fruit to make new versions of our daily whole food green juice/smoothies.


This one came to me as I was in a festive mood this morning and wanting to use my frozen cranberries. The result ended up reminding me of the Grinch; green, speckled with red. It is tart, earthy, with just enough sweetness! 


I hope you enjoy this green smoothie as much as I did!


This recipe is nutrient dense, Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) friendly, grain free, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, egg free, nightshade free, paleo, & primal!

$ What Makes this High-Vibing Food?

  • First and foremost, putting your own love, gratitude, time and energy into making foods at home will automatically raise the vibration of the foods/meal. This will also help to balance your sacral and heart chakras. Putting your love into the food you prepare will literally raise the vibrational frequency as love is the highest vibration out there!

  • You are what you eat and what your food eats. Using organic, GMO free, free/pasture raised, wild caught, minimally processed ingredients lead to an overall higher vibrational frequency. Basically, eating organic provides us extra energy currency!

  • Contains red colored foods. Red vibrates at about the same frequency as the root chakra. So, eating red foods helps to maintain the proper root chakra frequency.

  • This recipe is heavy in water, which supports the sacral chakra.

  • This recipe is higher in carbohydrates, providing the solar plexus chakra with both long-lasting sugar sources (like fiber) and quick acting sugars like glucose.

  • This recipe is high in fiber, which supports all three of the lower chakras as it aides in the movement and flow of bulk during the digestive processes.

  • Contains leafy greens, which are especially supportive to the heart chakra as they contain life force, layers and depth.

  • Contains raw veggies, which are especially balancing to the heart chakra as they contain balancing cooling properties.

  • Contains green colored foods, which support and balance the heart chakra.


$ A Short Note on Swaps or Ingredients:

*While I cannot guarantee that using these swaps will yield the same flavors I have create in this recipe, these swaps should generally work well!*

  • If you don't use the brand of collagen I suggest below, Primal Kitchen, be sure your collagen peptides are grassfed. If you want to learn more about this amazing protein click HERE to read my article all about it!


$ Equipment Needed to Create this Recipe:

  • high-powered blender (I use my Vitamix)

  • measuring cups/spoons

 


The Grinch- Cranberry & Greens Smoothie

(gluten free & AIP/paleo)

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: none Yield: 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 Swiss chard leaves, stems removed

  • 1 collard green leaf, stem removed

  • 1 large handful of baby spinach

  • 1 cup of cranberries, frozen

  • 1 cup of peaches, frozen

  • 2 scoops of collagen peptides

  • 2-3 tbsp. 100% organic maple syrup

  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice

  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon 

  • filtered water, enough to blend into a smoothie consistency (2-4 cups)


How to Create this Recipe:

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender.

  2. Add your water. The amount will depend on the consistency you want. For a smoothie texture add enough water to the pitcher (when it’s already full of ingredients) to get about half way full of water. For a juice consistency fill your blender pitcher almost full of water.

  3. Blend your smoothie, starting from low speed and working your way to the highest speed, until all the ingredients are blended and smooth. You may need to use your tamper to get everything blended thoroughly! Blend until smooth and the consistency is that of a smoothie.

  4. Feel free to add ice if you want a thicker smoothie texture!

  5. Enjoy!


* NOTES:

  • This smoothie is a bit on the earthy side, so I do suggest adding the maple syrup; especially those who are new to green based smoothies! It is delicious with the added maple syrup!!

  • If you do not have a high powered blender like a Vitamix, you will need to chop up all of the ingredients very well in order to get a smooth, blended consistency.

 

NUTRITION

Serving Size: 1 (based off of 2 servings total)


Calories: 182

Fat: 0 g

Carbs: 38 g

Protein: 10 g


*All nutritional information are estimations and will vary.