I don’t know about you, but oftentimes the day after a party or big meal I feel a bit puffy. Some would say “bloated,” but I like the word “puffy.” It’s a little more delicate and a little less gross and/or negative sounding than “bloated”….
…. Anyhoo! I’ve come up with the perfect “day after” shake to help shed some of that lingering excess water weight and get us back to our “non-puffy” selves in no time. I’ll calm down with all of the ” ” now. Here’s that recipe!
First, hit up your grocer’s freezer aisle for the following ingredients: frozen cranberries, frozen asparagus, frozen pineapple and frozen spinach.
Next, hunt down some coconut water, dandelion root tea bags, one bunch of parsley, at least one banana, celery and vanilla protein powder (I use the grain-free, plant based type made by Garden of Eden.)
Then, head home and do the following:
- Steep one dandelion root tea bag in 8 oz of hot water for about two minutes, then pour it into your high powered blender along with two ice cubes. I used to drink this tea when preparing to step on stage for fitness competitions. It sure helps shed the water weight, but boy does it taste gnarly! Thankfully in this shake, the flavor will be completely covered up by the taste of the fruit.
- Next, add the coconut water, parsley, banana, celery, cranberries, asparagus, pineapple, spinach and protein powder. It will look something like this:
- Blend well until completely smooth. The result is a large, high fiber, natural diuretic, vitamin loaded but super fruity tasting potion that your body will thank you for!
Keep those frozen ingredients close to one another in the freezer for easy access the next time this shake is needed. I use one clip to keep them all together, like this:
I like to store my bananas in the freezer, too, all peeled and wrapped in plastic wrap, like this:
And the parsley in the refrigerator, like this:
Ingredients for One Very Large or Two Medium Sized Shakes
One dandelion root tea bag
8 oz. Hot Water
2 Ice Cubes
8 oz. Coconut Water
1 Stalk of Celery
Small/Medium sized handful of fresh Parsley
1/2 cup fresh or frozen Cranberries
1 cup fresh (packed) or frozen Spinach
1 cup fresh or frozen Pineapple
1/2 cup fresh or frozen Asparagus
1/2 of a Banana
1 Scoop Vanilla Flavored Protein Powder