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 .
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.
here’s what goes into my ‘Green Goddess’ smoothie
Kale /spinach– we 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 .
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!
- 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
- Blend bananas with coconut water until smooth, scrape down the sides .
- Add the other ingredients.Blend for 2 mins until combined and serve .
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.