The right combination of good-for-you ingredients will help get your system back on track. Here's why this smoothie is good for you.
Celery: These crunchy stalks contain a natural diuretic, so they help reduce bloating by stimulating the production of urine. Basically, celery makes you pee! This veggie is also high in potassium, with 263 mg per cup and is low in sodium, with just 81 mg per cup (and only 16 calories). Bloating is often the result of eating too much sodium. Our bodies hold onto water to try to keep the sodium levels in our body fluids balanced. Drinking water and eating foods rich in potassium help flush out excess water.
Pineapple: Pineapple also has a diuretic effect. It’s also naturally sweet of course, so it’s a great addition to this blend.
Mint: This herb helps to settle your stomach and reduce spasms in the digestive tract, and may therefore be helpful in treating IBS.
Coconut water: Rich in electrolytes, this natural hydrator is excellent post workout.
Kiwi: Small in size, but loaded with nutrients, this fuzzy fruit packs in 250% percent of the RDA for vitamin C, which helps combat aging. It also delivers fiber, folate, zinc, magnesium and vitamin E.
Lime: This citrus fruit boasts 15 percent of the vitamin C you need each day.
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 2 cups fresh pineapple, cubed
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint
- 1 kiwi, peeled
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 cup coconut water, chilled
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend for 1 minute, until smooth.