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Mia, Founder of, Graciously Green, draws on her health education from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's (IIN) cutting-edge Health Coach training Programme, as well as her in-depth chef studies in raw and plant-based foods, to provide plant-based cooking, health coaching and education, both in person and online. She also studied toxins in-depth and now leads raw food cleanses and liver detoxes. Graciously Green is sponsored by Hong Kong’s organic vegetable delivery service, Eat FRESH (www.eatfresh.com.hk)

Soothing Aloe Smoothie Recipe

give aloe a go
May 9, 2013

OK, so when my organic farmers (Eat FRESH) gave me a bunch of raw aloe, I was like what the heck am I supposed to do with this! It looked like a pile of cactus and I had no idea how to even begin to eat it. So I did what any geeky raw food chef would do; I researched. The result: I have added aloe to my top super-food list!
 
Aloe vera is amazing! It’s a succulent plant and part of the lily family, the same family that garlic and onions belong to – who knew! Different parts of the plant are used for their different effects on the body and aloe has both internal and external applications.
 
Below is a delicious recipe for an aloe smoothie so that you can receive some of my top 5-benefits from this super-plant:
 
1. Aloe Vera contains many vitamins including A, C, E, folic acid, B1, B2, B3 (niacin – good for mood) and B6. Aloe Vera is also one of the few plants containing brain-loving vitamin B12.
 
2. Helps with digestion with its slimy consistency, it drags impurities out of the digestive tract. It soothes and cools the system so is great for IBS and also acid-reflux issues.
 
3. Helps to reduce stress, as it is an adaptogenic plant, which supports the immune and hormone systems.
 
4. It alkalizes the body, which is great as our body fights to be more alkaline. The body becomes sick in acidic conditions.
 
5. Aloe is also an immune enhancer because of its high level of antioxidants, which help combat disease-causing free radicals.
 
So, I hope I convinced you to give aloe an aloe-go, because it's so wonderful! If you'd like to know more about how I can support you on your health journey, or if you'd like to raw-cook with me, email me on mia@graciouslygreen.com.
 
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Recipes sponsored by Eat FRESH organic homegrown vegetables, Hong Kong.
 
ALOE SMOOTHIE
½ stalk of aloe vera  - cut away the green skin and scoop out the middle for the smoothie
1 frozen banana
6 strawberries
Pinch fresh vanilla or 2 drops of vanilla essence
1 cup of water or fresh coconut water
Optional – add the coconut pulp for a richer consistency
Blend! This smoothie was decorated with gojii berries and a dash of cinnamon.
 

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