Recipe: Sweet Green Smoothie

Feel like you need a little pick me up after this weekends festivities?  Refuel and reenergize yourself with this nutrient-dense, vitamin-packed green smoothie.  Loaded with bananas, pineapples and spinach, you won’t believe how sweet and delicious this health-supportive powerhouse tastes.  And don’t be afraid of the spinach…I promise you won’t even know it’s in there.  Have kids?  Throw this smoothie into a popsicle mold and watch their delight as they enjoy an electric green popsicle while you enjoy all the added health benefits.

Benefits:

Pineapple

  • Pineapples are anti-inflammatory and with their high vitamin C they protect our bodies from the free radicals, which attack healthy cells.  Vitamin C is considered the most important water-soluble anti-oxidant that fights against disease-inducing substances within the body.
  • Pineapple contains a proteolytic enzyme called bromelain, which aids digestion, especially the digestion of protein.
  • High in manganese, pineapple is a natural energy booster.
  • Pineapples lessen the risk of hypertension, maintain eye health, and contain enzymes that lead to elastic and glowing skin.

Bananas

  • Bananas are high in Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, and magnesium, while free of sodium and cholesterol.
  • The potassium in bananas helps regulate the body’s water balance.
  • Bananas stimulate the cells on the internal stomach lining to protect against acid.
  • Bananas contain protease inhibitors that help eliminate bacteria in the stomach.
  • Bananas contain tryptophan, an amino acid that can be converted to serotonin, leading to improved mood
  • Bananas are a good source of fructooligosaccharide, a prebiotic compound, which nourishes probiotic bacteria in the colon. These friendly bacteria help improve our ability to absorb dietary nutrients.

Spinach

  • Spinach is loaded with fiber, which aids in digestion, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating.
  • Spinach is high in vitamins A, C, and K, plus folic acid, calcium and magnesium.
  • The vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, manganese, zinc and selenium present in spinach all serve as powerful disease-fighting antioxidants
  • The antioxidant properties of spinach (water-soluble in the form of vitamin C and fat-soluble beta-carotene) work together to promote good cardiovascular health by preventing the harmful oxidation of cholesterol.
  • The high amount of vitamin A in spinach promotes healthy skin and strengthened immunity.
  • The high lutein content in spinach makes it one of the best foods in the world to prevent cataracts, as well as age related macular degeneration.
  • The flavonoids in spinach protect brain function from premature aging.

Recipe: Sweet Green Smoothie

Seves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium or 3 small bananas, broken into pieces
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 handful ice cubes
  • Water

Directions:

Add all ingredients into blender with 1/2 cup of water.  Blend until smooth, adding more water in small increments until desired consistency is reached.

Enjoy!

DK
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7 thoughts on “Recipe: Sweet Green Smoothie

  1. Was a bit skeptical but just mixed one up and it’s delicious. Had a small amount of yogurt I added in because I wanted to use it up but otherwise followed your directions. Melissa and the boy enjoyed too. Wyatt is walking around with a green mustache!

  2. Thanks Pat! I’m so happy you gave it a try. It’s pretty fun to put dark leafy greens into a smoothie and find out how sweet and delicious it tastes. As long as you have at least 50% fruit you’re good. Next time try kale and blueberries…that’s another fave of mine. p.s. LOVED the pic Melis sent of the green-stache!

  3. I love this smoothie! Pat introduced me this summer and I’m still making them. I just noticed some ripe bananas and am geering up to make some tomorrow!

  4. Pingback: Cooking Tip Thursdays: The Just Right Smoothie | Wellness Made Natural

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