I have heard of the benefits of aloe vera for a long time, but I never was inspired to use it. It seemed since we had a small plant the effort to extract the gel wasn’t worth the time…perhaps if I had one of those giant aloe plants all the health nut gurus seem to have, it might be. But after ages of not using it internally (I use it externally for burns, a moisturizer, or a bad sunburn) I decided to give it another go.
Benefits of Aloe Vera
…After all, the virtues of aloe seemed quite astounding. It is said to contain all the vitamins, except vitamin D, that we need on a daily basis. It also contains minerals, enzymes, anti-microbial, amino acids and sugars that are crazy good for our bodies. Aloe vera is good for aiding digestion, reducing inflammation, helping to detoxify, and easing muscular conditions and allergies.
So I scraped away at some of the aloe leaves and put the gel into the fridge for when the mood for an aloe smoothie came upon me, which it did. I made this into a tropical smoothie just loaded with all the sunshine fruits, oranges, strawberries, lemons which have over %200 of vitamin C (of your daily need for the C-vitamin) making this a great recovery beverage for colds or flus. It is also high in calcium and fiber. The chia seeds and coconut oil give the drink the healthy fats, the lemon and aloe vera help detoxify the body, all in all…making this a very rounded, healthy breakfast. This beverage serves 2-3.
- 2 small oranges
- 7 fat strawberries
- ½ cup, unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tsp. aloe vera gel
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- ½ banana, frozen
- 1 tsp. coconut oil
- ½ lemon, juiced
Blend everything together. Add ice if it’s not cold enough. Drop in some fun, bright coloured straws and you’re ready to guzzle. Don’t you feel better now?
Nutritional Info (based on 3 servings): Cals: 105, Fat: 3g, Sodium: 46mg, Carbs: 19.5g, Fiber: 5g, Sugars: 10g, Protein: 2.5g
Have you ever tried aloe vera in a recipe? How do you use it?
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