Dec 292016
 
green carrot smoothie

Carrots are one of those veggies that are available throughout the year which means you can enjoy this green carrot smoothie anytime you want. And I mean “green” in the nutritional sense, not the color of the carrots!

All that said, it is true that “going green for locally grown carrots which are in season during the summer and early fall are most often more flavorful so plan your green carrot smoothies accordingly!

Nutritionally, carrots are a powerhouse of vitamin A, a cup provides over 400% of the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance). Carrots also offer vitamins K, C, B6, B3, B2, and E. Other healthy stuff includes potassium, manganese, and phosphorus. And, of course, we shouldn’t forget the antioxidant nutrient that took its name from the vegetable: beta-carotene.

I hope I don’t get too deep into the weeds here but newer nutritional studies that concentrated on nutritional elements other than the carotenoids called polyacetylenes. At least one major study carried out over a 10 year span identified these substances as phytonutrients which can help to inhibit that growth of cancer cells in the colon. In other words, carrots have even more health benefits than we had already known.

This green carrot smoothie uses a bunch of other ingredients to yield a really interesting and healthy snack or meal replacement.

In your favorite blender mix:

  • 1 good sized carrot
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup berries (fresh or frozen, your choice)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp. Chia seed
  • 1/2 tsp. stevia or other sweetener
  • 1 Tbsp. protein powder (optional)

Here is a tip for a thicker smoothie: Soak the Chia seeds in water for about 10-15 minutes before mixing. Chia is hydrophilic which means it absorbs more than its own weight in water.

Carrot Smoothie

Have another minute to spare for smoothies? Here is another of our very green smoothie recipes

Vitamin B12 Smoothie – Really!

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Dec 232016
 
vitamin b12 smoothie

One area of concern for vegans is getting enough vitamin B12. To quote the National Institutes of Health “Vitamin B12 is naturally found in animal products, including fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products. Vitamin B12 is generally not present in plant foods, but fortified breakfast cereals are a readily available source of vitamin B12 with high bioavailability for vegetarians. Some nutritional yeast products also contain vitamin B12. Fortified foods vary in formulation, so it is important to read product labels to determine which added nutrients they contain.”

So, to build a vitamin b12 smoothie the ingredients need to include milk and/or eggs. Or, another choice for vegans is to forego trying to get b12 in a smoothie and make use of any number of b12 supplements.

However, if you really want to build a vitamin b12 smoothie, here is a quick and easy recipe:

  • 1 raw egg
  • 1 cup milk (low fat if you wish)
  • 1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced (TIP: peel and slice BEFORE FREEZING)
  • 2 tbs. sweetener (sugar, stevia, etc.)
  • 1tsp. vanilla extract

Everything goes into your favorite blender at the same time and blend until smooth.

Here are links to the National Institute of Health page about b12. And, for vegans, here is a link to The Vegan Society page about b12.

Vitamin B12 Smoothie

Blood Pressure Smoothie – Reduce Yours!

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Dec 222016
 
blood pressure smoothie

High blood pressure is known as a “silent killer” because there are really no symptoms until its too late. A healthy diet can help to reduce blood pressure naturally and that’s the goal of this blood pressure smoothie recipe.

It features blueberries because more than one recent health study has revealed that this small fruit may, in fact, be a “super-food”. That is largely because of markedly decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure results one study reported. Researchers credited these results to robust flavonoid antioxidants. As interesting is that only about a cup of blueberries were necessary to reap the benefits.

This recipe provides that cup of blueberries along with pressure reducing potassium in the banana.

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced (TIP: peel and slice BEFORE FREEZING!)
  • 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt (Greek yogurt will work too)
  • 1 cup baby spinach

Everything goes into your smoothie blender at once; blend until smooth then enjoy! Recipe makes two servings so you can share your good health with another!

Blood Pressure Smoothie

A Greener Smoothie? Avocado, Spinach, and Lemon

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Dec 132016
 
greener smoothie

Looking for a tasty and greener smoothie recipe to add to your collection? You won’t get much more green than this smoothie recipe:

2 cups of chopped spinach (or kale if you prefer)
1/2 avocado
1 large banana, peeled and sliced
Lemon juice equal to the juice in a single lemon
1-2 cups filtered water
1 Tbsp Chia seed

Everything goes into your blender at once and gets mixed until you get the consistency you prefer.

If you prefer a colder smoothie, use ice cubes or cold water and freeze your banana the night before. Just be sure to peel and slice it BEFORE FREEZING!

Have time for one more? Here is another green smoothie you might enjoy.

A Greener Smoothie?