Normally I think of aloe as the sticky gel we slather on sunburned skin—and while it’s fantastic for that, it also boasts internal healing properties. Aloe can help clear out the digestive tract, lower blood sugar, boost the immune system and assist in weight loss. The juices you’ll find in health food stores are pure aloe juice without any added sugars or other ingredients, which can be a little hard to swallow on its own. So this aloe smoothie recipe is the perfect way to take it in.
This smoothie—which uses the fresh gel from inside the aloe leaf, although you could use pure store bought juice—is naturally sweet, using organic apple juice and strawberries to help hide any unpleasant taste.
If you are using liquid from an aloe plant, be sure to use one that hasn’t been sprayed with pesticides and wash it well first. Simply slice the leaf open lengthwise with a sharp knife, then use the knife to scrape the gel out of the center.
- 1 cup organic apple juice
- 2 cups chopped kale
- 2 cups frozen or fresh strawberries
- 1 spear aloe, split and gel scraped out
- Puree apple juice and kale together.
- Add the strawberries and aloe gel. Puree until smooth.
- Serve immediately.