A tropical green monster smoothie
Lately I’ve been upping the ante with some green monster smoothies and thought now would be a good time to share this new green monster smoothie. Presently I feel that green smoothies are really complimenting my lifestyle because my energy levels has increased immensely and my skin is glowing (bonus).
In case you’re not in the know about green monster smoothies, the name is pretty much self-explanatory. As you can see from the green hue the key ingredient in a good green monster smoothie is some form of dark leafy vegetable. The world is your oyster in the respect that any type of leafy green can be added to your smoothie.
Anything from kale, spinach, amaranth (callaloo if you can get hold of some) all of these vegetables are packed with minerals such as iron which help replenish our blood cells and keep health medical conditions such as anaemia at bay.
Also another wonderful health benefit to note in respect to dark leafy veggies are the moderate levels of vitamin K. One of the best ways to incorporate vitamin K into the diet is by eating lots of greens. Don’t underestimate the powers of vitamin K it is essential for the formation of blood clotting.
When the human body sustains injury it’s immediate response is to release white bloods from the immune system to ward off any foreign invaders that might cause the body harm. Another thing the body does is to protect it’s self via the circulatory system, red blood cells contain a clotting agent that needs to congeal in order to prevent the body from loosing an excessive amount of blood.
People who are thin skinned are more prone to cuts and bruising should be encouraged to add more leafy greens to their diet.
This smoothie does just contain leafy greens, it has been complimented with bananas (high in potassium) and enzyme enriched pineapple. The aforementioned adds a subtle sweet note to the green smoothie foundation.
Of course it wouldn’t be a smoothie without some nut milk – almond or coconut will do. Chia seeds and almond butter were also added to provide an extra boost of protein power.
- A bunch of leafy greens (kale or spinach)
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 cup of pineapple chunks
- 1 large frozen banana
- 2 tbsp of chia seeds
- 2 tbsp of almond butter
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blitz into a smooth/creamy consistency.
- Serve accordingly