Celery Smoothie

Last Updated on Monday, 20 June 2011 10:51 Written by Flax Wednesday, 1 June 2011 08:48

In order to achieve optimal weight, a diet should be based around vegetables.  Unfortunately, most of us don’t eat nearly enough vegetables.  A great way to rectify this imbalance is to begin with a celery smoothie.   There are two steps in correcting a diet.   Increasing consumption of healthy foods while also decreasing consumption of un-healthy foods.  The celery  smoothie is ideal for this two pronged task.   Celery is the ideal diet food.  It helps to dry up dampness (phlegm/fat) caused by excess sugar consumption and it also helps us to curb our sugar cravings.  This  makes it easier to begin on our path towards healthier eating.

When I make a smoothie, I add a variety of other vegetables using a few different principles.  The  first thing that I am looking for is watery vegetables that will give it a more liquid texture.  Examples of these are cucumbers and sprouts.   The next thing I am looking for is a bit of sweetness, here I use a carrot.  After that I will add a bitter vegetable (like a radish) to help the celery clean out the dampness and toxins in the system.  On occasion, I will add a member of the onion family, I prefer scallions for their more gentle flavor.

The fact that it’s pureed helps for two reasons.  The smoothie is condensed and so a large amount of vegetables looks a lot smaller.  The second reason is because unfortunately, many of us have forgotten how to chew our food. (Each bite of food should be chewed between thirty to fifty times).   Starting a diet with a smoothie will help us to digest better, until we once again, relearn how to chew whole grains and firm vegetables.

I recommend making a batch of this in the morning, serve it on a bed of quinoa or brown rice and don’t eat anything else until it’s finished.  There should usually be enough for more than one meal.   Chances are, after finishing it all up,  you won’t be hungry for anything else.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head celery, leaves attached
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 package mung bean sprouts
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 radish
  • 1 scallion
  • Olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Atlantic grey sea salt

Puree all the ingredients in a food processor and serve on a bed of quinoa or brown rice.

Enjoy!



5 Comments

  1. Carole Feinberg   |  Monday, 11 July 2011 at 2:15 am

    Hi, Flax,
    My daughter, who knows I am turning into a “health food nut”, just emailed me your web address. I’m having a great time reading your comments, and learning sooooooo much. Questions re the celery smoothie recipe: by “a head of celery”, do you mean one rib? I can’t imagine you mean the whole bunch. How many days/how often do you recommend using this recipe? I’ve been enjoying a fruit smoothie every evening in warm weather, using coconut milk, frozen bananas, and strawberries, maybe with some blueberries thrown in. Mmmmmmmmmmm. Yummy. Probably, anything so sweet and satisfying should be illegal, and is probably not too healthy. Thank you for the information you provide those of us who want to become healthier! Carole

  2. Flax   |  Monday, 11 July 2011 at 8:12 am

    Hi Carole,

    That’s wonderful to hear that you are becoming a “health food nut”, eating well is key to good health.

    Yes, I did mean a whole head of celery! That’s why I recommend pureeing it, otherwise it is hard to eat a whole head of celery.

    A coconut-banana smoothie does sound delicious. This is a drink best used by a deficient type who is thin and has dry skin. The celery smoothie is meant for a type who suffers from an excess condition. Celery is a wonderful food for people who need to lose weight or who eat too much sweet.

    The most important rules in healthy eating are to eat more vegetables and use only whole grains.

    Great hearing from you,

    Sima

  3. Breni Bren   |  Monday, 18 February 2013 at 5:06 am

    Hi, Carole:

    With my training in the Macrobiotic diet, I would like to ask if these vegetables are Raw? The spleen is weakened by
    consuming too much raw especially during winter months. Would you combine this into a soup then puree it. It is more warming to the spleen isn’t it?

    Brenda

  4. Flax   |  Thursday, 01 August 2013 at 7:57 am

    Hi Carole,
    Sorry it took a while to get back to you. The spleen is weakened by too many raw vegetables and it is better to eat raw only during the warmer months of the year. YOu can definitely make it into a soup.

  5. Rivka   |  Sunday, 11 May 2014 at 3:56 pm

    My first day of detox.
    Really had a hard time swallowing the green smoothie.
    Took me two hours to eat half.
    The stevia is super sweet so I watered it down, (I don’t eat sweet), The royal jelly and flax I drank with the Dandelion tea.
    Am very hungry.
    Didn’t buy the Umeboshi and the shitaki mushrooms.

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