Start your New Year off on the right foot by adding a Healthy Smoothie to your daily routine.
My new favorite includes:
1/2 cucumber (peeled if not organic)
1-2 cups of fresh spinach
1 whole kiwi scooped from it's skin
1/2 cup of frozen pineapple chunks
1 1/2 - 2 cps of coconut water (regular water can easily be substituted)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth!
Drink up and feel the goodness!
This smoothie has so many benefits. The cucumber is a great source of vitamin B's to promote nervous system health, and energy. The sterols found in cucumbers help decrease cholesterol and blood pressure. Silica works on joint and connective tissue health.
Spinach is packed with vitamins, and phyto-chemicals it promotes energy to the cells, increases vitality and is also anti-inflammatory. Spinach is rich in iron and chlorophyll to build healthy blood. Pineapple contains bromelain which is also an anti-inflammatory as well as helping to break down proteins and aid in digestion. Pineapple offers mild pain relief for arthritis. Kiwis contain more vitamin C than an orange. This protects us from free radicals, lowers blood pressure, protects the cardiac system and promotes bone health. Kiwis also provide fiber for digestive health and blood sugar regulation.
So smoothies add a lot of nutrients for a little effort.
Try mixing and matching your own smoothies and let me know what works for you!
A good combination would include, 50% greens, 50% fruits and your choice of liquid. You may also add protein boosters like nuts, seeds, or high quality vegetable protein powder.
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