So I’m the type of girl who Believes you should go big or go home. When I make a smoothie, I want it to be bursting with fruits and nutrients and antioxidants. So when I found this recipe for a tropical smoothie, I decided to add just a few “extras”. The picture above is both versions of the smoothie. The smoothie on the left is the original recipe and the one on the right is my version of the smoothie.
– 1 1/2 cup almond milk
– 1 1/2 cup pineapple tidbits (frozen is better)
– 1 large banana
– 1/4 cup agave nectar (I left this out since fruit is pretty sweet on its own)
picture for this version on the left
These are the extras I added:
– 1 orange
– 1 apple
– 1 cup oats
– few handfuls of spinach
picture of this version on the right
Combine everything in a blender and blend until smooth.
I will say that this recipe is much smoother than my previous smoothie recipes which, for me, is a plus. In addition, I like the large amounts of nutrients this smoothie has while still being drinkable.
– bananas are a good source of vitamin b6 (maintains the nervous system and aids in the processing of amino acids), vitamin c (potent antioxidant) and manganese (another antioxidant with multiple functions in the body) and they’re an okay source of fiber and potassium (essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function). When I say something is a good or great source, I mean that it consists of 20% or more of that nutrient. When I say something is an okay source, then I mean it consists of usually 15% or less of that nutrient. Interestingly, bananas are a great food to eat to protect from stomach ulcers and ulcer damage. Bananas work their protective magic in two ways: First, substances in bananas help activate the cells that compose the stomach lining, so they produce a thicker protective mucus barrier against stomach acids. Second, other compounds in bananas called protease inhibitors help eliminate bacteria in the stomach that have been pinpointed as a primary cause of stomach ulcers.
– pineapples are an amazing source of vitamin c and manganese. In addition, pineapple has also been shown to have potential anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits, antioxidant protection and immune support (from antioxidant vitamin c), as well as help protect against macular degeneration.
– spinach is a great source of vitamin k (assists with blood clotting), vitamin a (important for healthy eyesight and also supports normal growth and development), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, vitamin c, vitamin b2, calcium, potassium, vitamin b6, and tryptophan (an amino acid).
– oranges are excellent sources of vitamin c (provides 60% of the DRI). Vitamin c rich foods help the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro inflammatory free radicals from the blood. Oranges are also great sources of phytochemcials as well as vitamin a, b-complex vitamins (thiamin, pyridoxine, and folate). Oranges are also good sources of minerals calcium and potassium (an important component of cell and body fluids that help control heart rate and blood pressure through countering sodium actions).
– apples Are a good source of vitamin c and beta-carotene (both of which are antioxidants). Apples are also rich in flavonoids and poly phenols which help protect the body from free radicals. Apples are also a good source of b-complex vitamins (riboflavin, thiamin, and pyridoxine) all of which help as cofactors for enzymes in metabolism As well as in various synthetic functions inside the body. Apples Also contain calcium, phosphorus, and potassium.
– almond milk is a great source of vitamin a, vitamin d (helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth and enhances immunity) and vitamin e (all of which are fat soluble vitamins). Vitamins a and e are also antioxidants, both of which enhance immunity and protect the body’s cells and tissues from damage.
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