We are in the midst of doing a spring Gallbladder and Liver Cleanse, and we need to eat a ton of fresh veggies and fruits, and we are really amping up the anti-oxidant capacity. With lean meats, and lowered fat, it is a definite switch from a more paleo lifestyle, but it is only for a short time.
As part of the cleanse, we need to drink 4 glasses of apple juice, 8 oz each, 32 ounces of apple juice each day. I would rather have root canal. I have simply NEVER been a fan of apple juice. I don't mind juicing apples, eating apples in any way shape or form, but drinking bottle apple juice - YUCK! Not a fan. I feel like my blood sugar is through the roof this time and I cannot help but wonder how about the squadrons of "juice" drinking toddlers running around America with a cup of the stuff. Moms, think it through, what are you doing to THEIR bodies?
Adding fiber and whole fruits helps, so instead of chugging another plain cup down, I created this Apple Ginger Spinach Smoothie to make it a little easier to get in the full load of apple juice, veggies and fruits required to do a successful cleanse!
Apple Ginger Spinach Smoothie for Gallbladder Liver Cleanse
- 3 cups organic apple juice (NOT from concentrate is preferred)
- 1 1/2-3 inch slice of peeled fresh ginger
- several handfulls of fresh spinach ~ truly the more the merrier
- 1 banana
- 3 Tablespoons Total Greens Cleanse Daily or other greens mix
- Optional - 1 dropper full of Cayenne Tincture
Throw everything into Vita-Mix and walk up from low to high, blending thoroughly. Turn Vita-Mix off, add a handful or two of ice, and then blend on high to crush ice. Drink immediately!
Note - this particular Sunny Green version of Total Greens Cleanse Daily Drink Mix has wheatgrass juice and I am not totally sure whether or not it is GF. It was clearanced at my favorite health food store locally, and provided a gentle cleanse (headed into the much more rigorous Gallbladder and Liver Cleanse) along with a green mix, so I grabbed it. Not sure if it is a good mix for our family - or if it is merely the apple juice - the jury is still out!
Much debate in the gluten free world on wheat grass, barley grass, etc. Great article here.
It states: Here's a quote I found from Cynthia Kupper(RD CD), Executive Director of the Gluten Intolerance Group which seems to answer the question nicely - "According to information from USDA research chemists, specializing in wheat gluten and cereal proteins and a statement from the American Association of Cereal Chemists, gluten is found only in the seed kernel (endosperm) and not in the stem and grass leaves. If the grass is cut from a growing plant and does not include the seed kernel, it should be safe for persons with gluten intolerance to use."