Written by Martel Jaimes
You don’t have to be a juice guru or a juice trendsetter to create a healthy, tasty smoothie. You just need a blender and fresh fruits like berries. Adding coconut milk to your smoothie will also make it creamy.
Taking into consideration the health benefits that you can get from these fresh fruits, even from being non-breakfast lover, you will never feel disgusted with your green spinach and colourful berries. It is a piece of cake and it will take you around 5 minutes to prepare and blend all the ingredients together. Hence, it’s not an added load on your part. It’s almost as instant as buying an unhealthy soda in a store.
Also take note to use non-dairy products and natural sweeteners like coconut sugar for a low-calorie beverage. But if you are still a newbie at this type of beverage, start with your favorite sweeteners until your tongue acclimates to its taste. Adding bananas will also do the trick as you are adjusting to this healthy drink.
Now, take a look at these health benefits of your fresh fruits and vegetables:
Spinach – considered as one of the healthiest vegetables in the world because of its top nutrient richness. It has phytochemicals like beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein and flavonoids that are effective antioxidants. Aside from its phytonutrients, this bright, vibrant-looking vegetable is packed with vitamins and minerals especially vitamins A and K and B vitamins, B2 and B6.
Coconut milk – loved by many because of its high nutrient properties. Coconut milk has lauric acid and this type of fats is a medium-chain triglyceride which is a good source of the body’s energy. It has also antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties that are effective in fighting viruses that cause flu and herpes.
Berries – blueberry, cherry and raspberry are colourful fruits that have high antioxidant property and because they have polyphenols, they are perfect in fighting cancer and other chronic diseases.
Banana – this delightfully sweet fruit that is creamy and firm is harvested throughout the year. Hence, it is almost an ever-present ingredient for every type of smoothie. It being potassium-rich, it plays a key role in heart function and normal blood pressure maintenance.
Dates – recognized to be packed with vitamins and minerals, dates are added to healthy beverages as well as to pastries and cakes. These semi-sweet sour fruit is effective in reliveing people who are suffering from intestinal disorder, heart disease and anemia. Dates are also fiber-rich. Hence, health and wellness professionals advise their clients to take it once a day as it is essential for a balanced diet.
With all the above health-promoting facts, you will surely enjoy your smoothie. You just need these 7 readily available ingredients.
2 cups fresh green spinach
2 cups coconut milk
1 frozen sweet banana
½ cup frozen blackberries
½ cup frozen raspberries
1 cup pitted cherries
¼ cup chopped dates
Blend spinach and coconut milk together until it becomes smooth.
Then add the remaining ingredients, banana, dates, cherries, blackberries and raspberries.
Blend again until you reach your desired smoothness.
This easy recipe is worth the try and you will surely enjoy this nutrient-dense smoothie.