Smoothies are a wonderful way to pack in fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein without spending hours in the kitchen. Even for those who avoid vegetables like the plague, the right mixture of fruits and other flavorings can create a smoothie blend that’s still enjoyable. Adding green smoothies to your diet can deliver a major surge of vitamins and minerals. In this recipe, you’ll blend spinach with banana (giving you a boost of Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and potassium), along with spirulina and flax seeds to provide a substantial influx of antioxidants.
The Power of Green Smoothies
A diet with a foundation of fruits and vegetables has been proven to reinforce the body against ailments, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and digestive issues. They also provide a fantastic supply of non-dairy calcium, magnesium and Vitamin C. All fruits and vegetables can be connected to these benefits, but leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and lettuce are believed to be the most healthful. The Green Neptune Power Smoothie is loaded with spinach, but still tastes great if substituting a different leafy green as your base!
The Science Behind Spirulina
In recent years, spirulina, a type of green algae, has boomed in popularity. Scientists and nutrition experts alike recognize its positive effect on the brain and body through a variety of antioxidants and nutrients. With just a tablespoon of dried spirulina powder, you receive a healthy dose of protein, B vitamins, copper, and iron, along with other key nutrients. With regular ingestion, studies show that spirulina can even help protect the body from cancer. Incredibly nutritious and easy to ingest, spirulina is must-have in your green smoothie recipes.
A Holistic Solution to Health Maladies
Rather than relying on expensive pharmaceutical to ailments, a cheaper and more effective solution to your body’s ailments can be found in the supermarket produce section. You may be surprised to discover how much good adding fresh fruits and veggies to your diet can accomplish. Greek yogurt, found in this recipe, brings with it anti-inflammatory properties as do wild berries. Inflammation is a leading cause of everyday health problems. Dehydration is also a major culprit, which can be defeated with water-based produce such as kiwi, apples, and cucumbers.
- 3/4 Cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 Cup almond milk
- 1 Cup Cup Spinach
- 1 Large banana Frozen
- 2 Tbs. almond butter
- 2 dates Pitted
- 1 Tsp flax seeds
- 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder optional
- 3 ice cubes optional
- Add greek yogurt, almond milk, spinach, banana, almond butter, dates, flax seeds to a blender (If you want to add more protein to your diet, add the scoop of protein powder).
- Cover blender with lid and blend until smooth. If you prefer a thicker and colder smoothie, add the ice cubes now (adding ice may detract from flavor slightly).
About the Author:
Sally Perkins is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.