So I guess you can tell that I am on a bit of a Smoothie rampage at the moment. You just gotta luv em’. They are one of the fastest, most delicious ways to get a power punch of nutrients, vitamins, fibre, and live enzymes!
This one is a new favourite. Definitely feel like I am getting much more adventurous with my combinations, as you will discover here. I hope you love it as much as I do.
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Quick Nutritional Facts:
- Is closely related to the European wild cabbage and is quite a hardy green leafy vegetable, able to withstand the stresses of cold weather and frost.
- It comes in many different varieties: flat to curly, light to dark green, and even red and purple tinged leaves.
- It is a high source of beta-carotene (provitamin A) which is a powerful antioxidant which helps to prevent the damage caused to tissues by free radicals (which are highly reactive and extremely damaging forms of oxygen and other chemicals.
- The beta carotene is one of the most investigated carotenoids and helps to boost the immune system while affecting lipid metabolism in positive ways: It lowers LDL (low-density lipoprotein – the dangerous form of cholesterol, and helps to boost the levels of healthy HDL (high-density lipoproteins) and is therefore used in some cases to help reduce the risk of heart attacks, especially men with coronary heart disease and cancer.
- A beautiful tropical fruit that originated in Brazil and then spread to the Caribbean, after which the Europeans introduced it to the rest of the world.
- Pineapples don’t really ripen at home like other fruits do, so make sure you buy your pineapples from your local farmers market if you can (which means it hasn’t travelled far/was picked recently), and buy the ripest one you can find (one without too many brown marks!).
- They contain bromelian, which is a powerful enzyme that breaks down proteins and is used in plant-based digestive aids based on that fact.
- It’s also a very high source of Vitamin C which is a water-soluble vitamin that promotes wound healing, and healthy blood vessels, joints, gums and connective tissue.
- Most animals make Vitamin C in their bodies however we don’t. Hence why foods rich in vitamin C are so beneficial for us. Vitamin C helps synthesise collagen, which is a structural protein that provides strength to bones and tissues. Very important indeed!
The Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Good Health – Dr Robert A. Ronzio
- ¼ cup Cashews
- ¼ cup Coconut Milk / Cream
- 1 Banana
- 1 cup chopped Pineapple (remove hard core of fruit)
- 3 - 4 large Kale leaves (de-stemmed)
- ¼ small Cucumber
- 1 handful Mint leaves
- 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 tsp each of Flaxseed Oil, Hemp Seed Oil or any other beneficial oils (optional).
- Spring Water & Ice
- Blend Cashews until finely ground.
- Add Coconut Milk / Cream and Banana and blend until smooth.
- Add the remaining ingredients, plus desired amount of Spring Water and Ice and blend until smooth.
- Drink immediately or store in a sealed glass jar in the fridge!