Green Smoothie (Healthy Ramadan 2015)

The Islamic month of fasting is right around the corner. Muslims observe fast from sun-up to sun-down for a whole month. Nights are filled with prayers, worship, and recitation of the holy Qur’an. Days are spent observing the fast, trying to make the most of each moment by bettering ourselves. 


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Both the pre-dawn meal (Suhoor) and the post-sunset meal (Iftar) are often filled with lots of yummy foods that are often deep fried, slow-cooked during the day, and let’s face it, pretty lavish. I want to change the misconception that Ramadan makes us gain weight instead of lose weight…while I think it’s okay to eat fried food once in a while in Ramadan, for the most part we should eat more nourishing and filling foods that are wholesome. Wholesome foods give more energy, keep you full longer, and keep our immune systems in top shape (because getting sick in the middle of Ramadan is seriously a big bummer).


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So a few days ago, I did a smoothie detox with fresh fruits, veggies, and legumes. One of my most favorite recipes was this green detoxifying smoothie. 
This green smoothie is full of vitamins, minerals, and good-for-you nutrients. Best part is, it actually tastes good! Even if it has kale. And spinach. The taste of the green veggies (for the most part) is hidden, so you’re getting your daily dose of greens in just a few sips!


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I love this smoothie because it makes me feel so energized and fresh, such a clean feeling! What better way to begin Ramadan, right?
It’s great to start off every morning, and a fantastic drink for suhoor along with some hard boiled eggs and. You could even drink this immediately after breaking fast, with a few dates as well. Try it out!


Green Smoothie

Yield: 2 servings

Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped, washed kale (I used "dinosaur kale", pre-cut). 
  • 1 cup chopped, washed baby spinach 
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and chopped into big pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, washed and chopped into big pieces
  • 1/2 cup red seedless grapes (or any type of berries you prefer) 
  • 1/2 cup orange juice, not from concentrate (no sugar added, fresh is best) 
  • Ice (optional) 

Instructions

  1. Place cucumber, celery, grapes, and orange juice into blender. Blend on high.
  2. Add the kale and spinach, blend again.
  3. Add filtered water or more orange juice if you want it less pulpy. Add ice, blend again and serve immediately. 
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***Also, stop by each day of this week for new healthy recipes you can try out this Ramadan! If you try any, share on Intagram or Pinterest with #healthyramadan2015 and #allflouredup***



Coming up tomorrow: Harira- Moroccan Chickpea and Lentil Soup

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