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.
Healing Aloe Smoothie Recipe
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. I’ve been eating aloe vera for a long to help with digestive issues, and it’s long been one of my favorite nutritional supplements.
Consuming one tablespoon aloe gel a day is said to help with everything from reducing constipation and healing inflammation of the digestive tract to soothing canker sores and preventing wrinkles. That’s because aloe vera improves blood circulation and decreases inflammation, thus speeding up wound healing and preventing cell death inside the body.
It also appears that aloe has properties that are harmful to certain types of bacteria and fungi, so it keeps bad bacteria at bay and allows good bacteria to flourish.
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.
You can also buy food grade aloe very gel at the natural food store or online. Aloe vera breaks down quickly so the commercial gel is likely to have preservatives in it. Otherwise, it’s just as good for you as the fresh-from-the-plant kind.
While aloe is certainly the star of the show, this smoothie contains other ingredients that are also beneficial to the body.
Leafy green veggies are loaded with much-needed vitamins C, D, and K, not to mention antioxidants that help to detox the body and boost the liver activity. Consider spinach, kale, parsley, beet greens or chard to add to your diet as a simple step towards a healthy lifestyle.
Strawberries are considered one of nature’s best super foods thanks to an abundance of phytonutrients. They’re chock full of antioxidants and, like kale, combat free radicals.
They’re also loaded with significant amounts of zinc and iron, both skin-friendly minerals. Strawberries also help boost the production of collagen when eaten regularly. And as an added bonus, strawberries can even help whiten your teeth!
Healing Aloe Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup organic apple juice
- 2 cups chopped greens of choice parsley, kale, spinach or chard
- 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.
Photos by Ana-Maria Stanciu45