Green Tropical Smoothie {Recipe}


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My coworker and I decided to switch places - I will be making breakfast smoothies and she will make the lunches.  This week I started searching for something involving produce that was on sale this week and was easy to find.  I knew I wanted to add the veggie factor to balance the natural sugars present in fruit.  I wanted to add a few spoonfuls of chia seeds, but mine had expired.  Ahh, next time.  :-)


Green Tropical Smoothie
(4-5 servings)

Ingredients:
4 oz. spinach
3-4 mint leaves
4 pineapple rings and half the juice in the can (or fresh pineapple - even better) *
2 tablespoons of cream of coconut
1 mango
2 bananas
water

* If you cannot use fresh pineapple, then try frozen pineapple chunks or canned pineapple that is in pineapple juice, not heavy syrup.

Directions:
Place all ingredients except the mint leaves in a blender.  Add enough water to begin blending process.  Add enough water to reach desired consistency.  (I added enough to make a blender full of smoothie drink.)  Add the mint leaves last and blend until mixed thoroughly.

If all ingredients are room temperature, then pour smoothie over a glass of ice.  To create a cold smoothie, use frozen bananas or add crushed ice to blender instead of water.


Health Benefits:
  • Pineapples - high in Vitamin C, anti-inflammatory & digestive aides, boosts immune system support, aides in protection against macular degeneration
  • Spinach - protects against inflammatory problems, oxidative stress-related problems, cardiovascular problems, bone problems, and cancers
  • Mango - helps to lower cholesterol, aides in digestive function by breaking down proteins, has a low glycemic index, aides in elimination process
  • Bananas - one of our best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function, protects against stomach ulcers and ulcer damage, eases constipation, protects eyesight, builds better bones by improving the body's ability to absorb calcium, promotes kidney health
  • Mint - aides in digestion, helps with nausea and motion sickness, clears up congestion, inhibits release of histamines that cause allergies & hayfever
  • Coconut - improves heart health, improves digestion, provides a quick boost in energy

6 comments:

  1. Sounds like a yummy way to start the day Libby.

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  2. I am not sure about the spinachs part but aside from that I think this smoothie would make an excellent tropical fruit based dessert!

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  3. Looks delicious! I've been juicing lately and make something very similar to the recipe you posted. Such a healthier way to begin our day!

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  4. This sounds delicious! I love that you put the spinach in to cut the sugars. Great idea! How fun that you and you co-worker are splitting breakfast and lunch responsibilities.

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  5. Hi! I'm Marissa, a new follower of your blog, I found you on YouTube when I did a search for raised bed gardens. :) I enjoyed watching your videos.

    This recipe looks and delicious. I love smoothies!

    Marissa
    www.ahomemakersjournal.com

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  6. I am not much of a smoothie person...unless it involves ice-cream...which I guess would make it a milk shake. Anyway, I think I could actually drink this...not for breakfast. I am a cappuccino and pastry kind of person. I guess you can take a girl out of Italy, but you can't take Italy out of the girl :)

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