On Wednesdays We Drink Our Greens: Green Smoothie –Benefits and Recipe

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Today I am sharing one my favorite green smoothie recipe. When it comes to eating green leafy healthy vegetables I am a bit picky. When I was a child my mom literally used to force feed me these things. Even though they are great for health I never found it palatable. Later in life I decided that if I can’t eat it I’ll just start drinking it up. So I add my greens into a blender with the fruits and additions of my choice make a quick blend and gather all the goodness.

Prep time– 5 minutes

Equipment– Blender

Ingredients-

  • 200 ml coconut water/ one cup green tea.
  • One cup leafy greens you can use either spinach/kale/both,  depending on your choice
  • One frozen banana to provide a creamy consistency
  • One kiwi (green)
  • Half green apple
  • One tablespoon Chia seeds

If you want to enhance flavor add some honey or maple syrup (I don’t add any in my smoothie)

Recipe

Combine all the above mentioned ingredients in a blender. Mix until smooth. Pour it in your glass and drink up! 🥤

You can add more coconut water for getting the desired consistency 🙂

This smoothie provides a great amount of protein, fiber, iron, good fats, vitamins and minerals to your body. This nutritional blend gives a good boost to start your day without feeling too heavy on your tummy.

It also helps in regulating weight and keeps you full for a longer period of time.

Coming to the benefits of the ingredients used in this recipe-

Coconut water– serves as a great source of hydration. Boosts digestion, prevents bloating, maintains electrolyte balance in the body and keeps blood pressure in control.

Green tea-Helps in boosting metabolism, burns stubborn fat, rich in antioxidants and improves brain health. https://littlebarefootbrunette.in/2020/06/25/lets-talk-about-green-tea-health-benefits-and-diy-skincare-hacks/

Spinach– It is a rich source of iron, vitamins (A, C, K), magnesium and manganese. Beneficial for eye health, maintains the blood pressure, reduces free radical damage and stress. https://www.themicroscopicsight.com/2020/07/iron-deficiency-anaemia-faqs.html

Kale– It is rich in antioxidants (Quercetin, Kaempferol ). A good source of vitamin C, helps in reducing cholesterol, reduces risk of heart disease and one of the best sources of vitamin K.

Banana– It is rich in manganese potassium, vitamin C, helps in improving digestion and provides a good source of energy.

Kiwi– Aids digestion, rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, helps in digestion of proteins, promotes healthy weight and supports the immune system. https://littlebarefootbrunette.in/2020/06/24/immunity-boosting-kiwi-shots/

Green apple– It is low in fat, rich in fiber, good source of vitamin A and vitamin C. Good for bones, prevents free radical damage and aids digestion.

Chia seeds– Provide a rich amount of protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. They are an excellent source of antioxidants, prevent free radical damage and provide a healthy boost to the immune system. https://littlebarefootbrunette.in/2020/06/24/seeds-to-sow-in-the-system/

This was all for today.

Remember to add leafy greens in your diet whether you like it or not because they are serves as a nutritional powerhouse. If you can’t eat them try to drink it up. This green smoothie is low in calories and helps you to manage your weight.

https://littlebarefootbrunette.in/2020/07/27/top-20-foods-for-boosting-your-immunity/

Note – Make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients in the above mentioned recipe.

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