Not So Keen on Greens? Here’s the Perfect Green Smoothie Recipe for You
If you ask me, green drinks are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Having a green drink in the morning provides a natural energy boost for the day and is the perfect way to support the body’s elimination and detox processes. But for some people, the taste of straight greens can be so off-putting that they go without.
Well, today I’m going to share with you the perfect green smoothie for people who aren’t so keen on greens. This recipe is packed full of goodness and tastes delicious. Even if you do love your greens, it’s a sweet, refreshing alternative to a straight green drink.
Not So Keen on Greens?
Having bananas in the morning gives a great boost of electrolytes to help rehydrate, They’re also high in B-vitamins, which will give you a welcome boost to your brain’s function first thing in the morning. They also contain resistant starch, a healthy carbohydrate that helps you feel fuller for longer, and add some creamy sweetness to your smoothie.
Almond milk is a great alternative to dairy. It is rich in nutrients like magnesium, manganese, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, iron and vitamin E, and is a source of fibre and protein. The high antioxidant content in almond milk can help to suppress free radical activity and support the healthy function of the immune system.
Raw Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds are among the most nutritious seed in the world. A true gift from nature, hemp seed contains a perfect 3:1 ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 essentially fatty acids, and contain vitamins and minerals like Vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) a powerful antioxidant. Hemp seeds are also 36.6% protein by weight, and are one of the most complete proteins in the plant food kingdom, containing all 21 essential amino acids required for optimal human health (including the 9 that humans can’t produce themselves) in just the right proportions we need.
Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices used throughout the world – ancient Egypt and China for example. And when you look at all that this spice can add to your life, there’s no wonder the ancients loved it.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, cinnamon can help treat diarrhoea, infections, colds and flus, muscle spasms, vomiting, erectile dysfunction and loss of appetite. Studies also suggest it may help with:
Alzheimer’s disease – Tel Aviv University researchers discovered that cinnamon may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. According to Prof. Michael Ovadia, of the Department of Zoology at Tel Aviv University, an extract found in cinnamon bark, called CEPPT, contains properties that can inhibit the development of the disease…
HIV – a study of Indian medicinal plants revealed that cinnamon may potentially be effective against HIV-4. According to the study authors, “the most effective extracts against HIV-1 and HIV-2 are respectively Cinnamomum cassia (bark) and Cardiospermum helicacabum (shoot + fruit)…
Multiple Sclerosis – cinnamon may help stop the destructive process of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a neurological scientist at Rush University Medical Center. Cinnamon could help eliminate the need to take some expensive and unpleasant drugs.
Spice up your life and add some cinnamon to your smoothie! It’s a perfect complement to the almond milk, and helps bring out the sweetness of the banana.
Adding a few drops of liquid zeolite to the mix will bring some helpful health benefits to this delicious recipe. A natural detoxifier, zeolite is a mineral compound that absorbs, neutralises and removes heavy metals from the body without removing good nutrition. In fact, as zeolite removes the toxins that inhibit nutrient absorption, nutrient levels have been shown to increase with regular use.
Zeolite stabilises pH by absorbing excess protons, helps to balance blood sugar, and reduces allergy symptoms by absorbing antigens, allergens and nitrosamines. Zeolite also appears to activate the p21 tumour suppressor gene in cancer cells, causing tumour cells to stop growing, and showing a decrease in tumour size (source).
Finally, what green smoothie would be complete without some greens!?
Spinach is a powerhouse leafy green. It is a very good source of dietary fibre, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), folate (B9), calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese. It is also naturally low in saturated fats, and provides a good source of niacin (B3) and zinc. Spinach also has a milder taste than other greens, like Kale.
The Perfect Green Smoothie Recipe
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 ½ packed cups fresh washed spinach
1/2 cup of ice (unless you’re using frozen bananas)
1 tablespoon of raw hulled hemp seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
10-15 drops of NCD2 liquid zeolite
1 pinch of pink Himalayan salt
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Handy Hint! If you’re using frozen bananas, cut them into small pieces first in order to not break your blender.
Enjoy your smoothie!
Medical News Today
What are the health benefits of cinnamon?
26 September 2014
US National Library of Medicine References:
Indian J Med Res. 2000 Sep;112:73-7.
A survey of some Indian medicinal plants for anti-human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) activity.
J Mol Med (Berl). 2001;78(12):708-20.
Natural zeolite clinoptilolite: new adjuvant in anticancer therapy.
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