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A Green Smoothie to Help You Recover from Surgery, Chemo, or Radiation

By Jennifer Thompson

One of the most important times to focus on healthy food is when you’re recovering from surgery or cancer therapy. There is simply no better time to start adding green smoothies to your healing diet. Giving your body a boost of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins helps you get better faster, increase your energy levels, and support your body back to an excellent state of health, naturally.

This fabulous recipe contains a potent combo of antioxidants to help reduce inflammation, break up any free radical damage, and promote new healthy cell growth. Remember, it’s best to choose 100 percent–certified organic superfood powders to get the best quality available. Lemon juice is good for the liver and is also great for the immune system. Parsley is a natural source of vitamin C and helps strengthen kidneys. Banana and spinach provide fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Just one green smoothie a day is all your need!

Acai, Pomegranate, and Goji Berry Blast

Prep time: 25 min

Blending time: 2 min

Yield: 2 servings

2 tablespoons dried goji berries

1 1/2 cups fresh pomegranate seeds

1 ripe banana, peeled

1 tablespoon acai powder

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 cups water

1 cup baby spinach, loosely packed

1 cup parsley, loosely packed

  1. Place the goji berries in a bowl with 1/4 cup of room temperature water. Place in the fridge to soak for at least 20 minutes or overnight.

  2. Combine the goji berries, pomegranate seeds, banana, acai powder, lemon juice, and water in the blender and secure the lid.

  3. Starting at low speed and gradually increasing toward high, blend the ingredients for 1 minute or until the mixture contains no visible pieces of fruit.

  4. Add the spinach and parsley and blend again at medium speed for 30 seconds, gradually increasing the speed to high. Blend on high speed for another 15 to 30 seconds or until the entire mixture is smooth.

  5. Pour the smoothie into two glasses and enjoy!

Per serving: Calories 215 (From Fat 27); Fat 3g (Saturated 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 38mg; Carbohydrate 48g (Dietary Fiber 10g); Protein 4g.

If you don’t have acai powder, use 1/2 cup of blueberries instead. Or try 1-1/2 cups of fresh orange juice instead of water for added antioxidants and vitamin C.