Glowing Green Goddess Smoothie

Ok, I hope the previous post would have gone down much smoother . How about ramping it up a bit by adding  veggies ?oh God NO ! not to  fruit salad ,this time to my smoothies , although adding veggies to  fruit salad seems like a good idea   , but  I’ll experiment with  that idea  later .

Green Goddess Smoothie

Raw(anything) and Me are like oil and water , my kind of Salmon  should be cooked to perfection – ‘White ‘ , chicken  – ‘charred ‘ Yep ,that’s me , I don’t do ‘RAW ‘.

But all this changed recently , when I decided to join the green smoothie cult and find out what the hype was all about . I started this challenge  by adding Leafy greens and vegetables to my smoothie , I was ready to gag and give -up,instead I was amazed that I couldn’t taste the greens or the veggies in my smoothie AT ALL! Can I tell you , It was just like sipping on a tropical slushies.

Green Goddess Smoothie

here’s what goes into my ‘Green Goddess’ smoothie

Kale /spinachwe all know that ‘kale is King ‘– it ranks number one among vegetables on the ORAC ( oxygen radical absorbance capacity scale ).There are numerous articles on the benefits of kale on the  internet , but to sum it up , kale has no fat , loads of fibre , vitamin K , A, C, Folate ,and  potassium .kale has more iron per calorie than beef and more calcium per calorie than milk and loaded with phytochemicals to fight  cell damaging free radicals

Antioxidants – we keep hearing them quite frequently , from green tea to red wine , but what are they ?

Antioxidants are vital in fighting against the free radical damage to cells caused by oxidation  These nasty guys a.k.a ‘Free Radicals’ are unstable molecules within  our  cells , that steal electrons from other molecules causing damage to DNA and other cells . External factors  also contribute to production of free radicals and one such example is radiation from the sun , which results in sagging of the skin ,lines , wrinkles and dullness  .

Although we  cannot control the free radical occurrence and oxidation , we can certainly help neutralise  the damage by consuming antioxidant rich  fruits and vegetables.

Pomegranates – This intricate fruit contains  ‘Punicalagin‘ – a compound high in  Antioxidant Pomegranate  seeds and juice  increase oxygen levels to heart , reduce vascular inflammation , helps fight arthritis , reduces cholesterol and diabetes This is the reason why I  add these   gorgeous little  dynamites to my green smoothie. You can also add them  to fruit salads , green salads , and sprinkle them on top of yoghurt pots .

If you are on prescription medications kindly consult your  doctor  prior to consuming this fruit as it may sometimes  react with certain medications .

Green Goddess Smoothie Kiwi –  We all know  Kiwi fruits  are rich in Vitamin C, K and E  , a good source of potassium , folate and manganese, I add them for their High  Dietary fibre element .I strongly believe  that overall well being starts with the proper functioning of the gut (gastrointestinal system) and its  ability to absorb the nutrients and circulate it to other parts of the body.  In order for   effective absorption , residual toxin needs to be removed from the gut .Fibre  plays a crucial role in binding and removing  toxins from the stomach. Numerous research have  indicated  that diets high in dietary fibre can reduce cholesterol , which in turn may reduce  heart attack and diabetes .

Banana , Mango & Pineapple : Bananas have a  flavour masking ability , when blended with  strongest – tasting greens ,  can transform the strong flavours  into a creamy , smooth , delightful drink . Mango and pineapple  for their tropical flavour and natural sugar content and high  vitamin C , which is the key for collagen formation resulting in  healthy – glowing skin.

Chia ,Cinnamon & Coconut water : Chia Seeds are high in Omega 3 , cinnamon for its ability to stabilize blood sugar and increase metabolism  and coconut water for rejuvenation and hydration . 

 Sorry about the long post ,  i just wanted  to capture the benefits of this smoothie and the impact that this  might have on you and your body .Give this smoothie a  try and, like me , you will soon  become a devout member of the green smoothie cult  😉

You will shine from inside out!

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Glowing Green Goddess Smoothie
 
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Super Easy Green Goddess Smoothie packed with full of antioxidants and fibre .
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 frozen ripe bananas sliced
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut water *
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • ½ cup chopped mangoes
  • 1 kiwi fruit sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh pomegranate arils
  • 1½ cup kale/spinach leaves *
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
Instructions
  1. Blend bananas with coconut water until smooth, scrape down the sides .
  2. Add the other ingredients.Blend for 2 mins until combined and serve .
Notes
*If kale is too strong for your liking , reduce kale to ½ cup and add 1 cup of spinach .
Almond milk , regular milk , soy milk can be used instead of coconut water .
This recipe is just a guide , you can mix any of your favourite fruits , like apple,melons , avocados etc.

Margarita Blush & Pineapple Basil Breeze

Invitation was extended, entrée got served, mains and desserts  to come .

Just when you thought you were only being served Entrée how about for main course  we have potato & cottage cheese  balls with stuffed figs  in  tomato- cashew gravy ,Vegetable Briyani  served with onion, tomato and cucumber  Raita.

Finishing it off with Caramelised Figs with honey and cinnamon ice cream–  . Phew!Hello smoothie!!

But wait, the invitation was extended during Easter week so technically, indulgence is allowed.Right?!

While I walk you through the steps, why don’t you make yourself comfortable with this ‘Margarita Blush’ or ‘Pineapple Basil Breeze’

Margarita Blush

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Serves 4

Preparation 15 mins

Ingredients:

2 tbs coarsely ground sea salt

1 lime wedge

1/2 cup Tequila

2/3 cup lime juice cordial

1 cup cranberry-raspberry juice

2 cups crushed ice

extra lime slices (garnish)

Directions:

  1. Spread salt over a plate .Run lime wedge around the rim of four glass tumblers.
  2. Dip rims in salt to coat
  3. Pour tequila, cordial and juice into a large jug . Stir to combine.
  4. Just before serving , divide crushed ice among tumblers , divide tequila mixture over ice .
  5. Serve with lime slices .IMG_1564 (1)

Pineapple Basil Breeze

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Serves 2

Preparation 10 mins

Ingredients

½ cup fresh pineapple pieces

8 fresh Thai basil leaves

1 cup bottled pineapple juice

¼ cup Vodka

11/2 cups crushed ice

375 ml lemonade, chilled

Directions

  1. Divide pineapple piece’s and basil leaves between two glass tumblers
  2. Pour pineapple juice and vodka into a jug and stir to combine.
  3. Place ¾ cup of the crushed ice into each tumbler, divide the vodka mixture over ice . Top with lemonade .Stir to combine and serve.IMG_1516IMG_1518

Indian Lemonade

 

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Lemonade with a twist  – the ‘twist’ is to add bruised mint leaves and  honey – this sweet /sour combination   with a hint of  mint  is sure to knock your taste buds off !

Indian Lemonade

2 medium-sized limes  juiced

1 litre of water

1/ 4 cup  Caster sugar

2 tbsp. of honey

Pinch of salt

5-6  mint leaves bruised and juiced.

A pinch of baking soda (optional – this is to neutralise the acidity , but totally optional)

Ice Cubes to serve

Directions :

  1. Place sugar in a tall jar , add  lime juice , baking soda (optional)*, salt , mint (leaves and juice). Mix well .
  2. Add honey , mix well . Now top up with water , Mix well .
  3. Add ice cubes and serve .

*Please note that when baking soda is added to lime a slight effervescent reaction will occur.This is Ayurvedic remedy to neutralize heart burn and stomach acid.

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