Smoothies are great because they are both delicious and super nutritious! I am a huge fan of smoothies and have tried my fair share of recipes over the years. In fact I recently created a tool where I share my favourite smoothie recipes.
Today I wanted to share a smoothie recipe that I created just for girlvana. You can enjoy this drink at any time of the day, but it is especially great for breakfast. The ingredients that I used are:
Even though coconut water looks like regular old water, it is quite different nutritionally. A cup of this liquid provides you with 17% of your daily potassium requirement and 15% of your magnesium requirement. Both of these minerals are important for heart health.BlackberriesI like to add frozen fruits to my smoothies because they have natural sugars and also help thicken them up. Blackberries are a fantastic source of vitamin C, providing you with 25% of your daily requirement per half cup serving. Vitamin C helps heal wounds, maintains healthy gums and assists your body in absorbing iron.
I simply LOVE mango and cannot get enough of it. So juicy and tasty, my mouth begins to water just thinking about it! Mango is an excellent source of vitamin A, the vitamin responsible for good vision, fighting off inflammation and supporting healthy skin.
Popeye eats lots of spinach and for good reason! Even though this vegetable is made up of more than 90% water, a one cup serving provides you with 181% of your daily vitamin K requirement. Vitamin K is not as well-known as many of the other vitamins but it is still very important for your body. For example, it helps prevent osteoporosis and some types of cancer.
Even though these seeds are very tiny, don’t be fooled by their size - they pack a nutritional punch! A 1 oz serving provides you with 40% of your daily dietary fiber requirement, which helps lower cholesterol and keeps your digestive system in tip top shape.Almond butterAlmond butter is very easy to make, you can even do it at home. All it involves is processing almonds in a food processor until they are smooth. Almond butter is rich in protein, which helps keep you feeling full and builds muscle after exercise.
And finally, I add a Medjool date to some of my smoothies for a little extra sweetness. Dates contain a lot of naturally occurring sugars and are a much healthier option for recipes than processed white table sugar.
1 cup coconut water
½ cup frozen blackberries
½ cup frozen mango
1 cup spinach
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 Medjool date
To prepare, add all the ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.