- Calories: 225
- Protein: 9 grams
- Carbs: 33 grams
- Fiber: 7 grams
- Sugar: 16 grams
- Fat: 7 grams
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1/3 cup of kale
- 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
- 1/2 medium banana (frozen)
- 1/3 cup of green bell pepper
- 1/3 cup of spinach
- 1/3 cup of cucumber
- 1/3 cup of mango (frozen)
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
To make the smoothie, add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense green leafy vegetables around. It contains as much as twice the daily requirement of vitamin A, nearly seven times the requirement of vitamin K, the daily requirement of vitamin C and reliable amounts of almost every trace mineral that our bodies require per one-cup serving. Adding it to this smoothie is similar to adding a naturally occurring multivitamin. Some of the health benefits associated with consuming kale include a reduced risk of cancer, maintaining a healthy weight and lowering cholesterol.
Banana is a natural sweetener and thickener that works amazingly well in smoothies and offers plenty of benefits to health. These include protection from free radicals, strengthening the nervous system and improving symptoms of depression. They contain very good amounts of potassium which means that they also help to build and maintain strong bones and teeth.
Spinach is a brilliant way to include healthy leafy greens in a smoothie because it has a faint flavor that doesn’t impact on the other ingredients in the smoothie. It is rich in a number of important nutrients including vitamin K and iron, making it ideal for those recovering from major surgery especially when combined with kale like it is in this smoothie. Other health benefits that are linked to consuming spinach include improving symptoms of age-related macular degeneration, preventing cataracts and reducing the risk of cancer.
The simple cucumber might not seem particularly impressive, but you’d be amazed at the effects it can have on health including flushing toxins from the body, providing relief from heartburn, and lowering levels of uric acid, which helps the kidneys stay healthy. It is also a very potential source of almost every vital mineral that the body requires including magnesium, potassium, and manganese.
Green Bell Pepper
Green bell peppers contain an impressive number of antioxidants that help to protect against free radicals. These cause damage to cells and can lead to conditions like cancer, heart disease, and neurodegenerative diseases. Green bell peppers also contain an antioxidant called zeaxanthin which maintains eye health and helps to slow the onset of age-related eye problems.
A 28g serving of chia seeds can provide around 18% of the daily requirement of calcium, which is important for helping to maintain strong teeth and bones. The same amount also contains 42% of the daily requirement of fiber, which supports healthy digestion and removes cholesterol from the gut before it can reach the bloodstream. In addition, it contains 27% of the daily requirement of phosphorus, which is found in almost every cell and tissue in the body and is important in helping to maintain strong bones and proper growth and development.
Having almond milk as the liquid base for this smoothie makes it low calorie and vegan-friendly. There are also a number of benefits to health that are linked with consuming almond milk on a regular basis and they include a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, stronger bones and a reduced risk of experiencing prostate cancer growth.
Mango adds sweetness, which is good news for parents with fussy children, but it also enables you to experience health benefits that include a reduced risk of experiencing colon cancer, a healthier digestive system and a lower risk of developing asthma.
Like most seeds, hemp seeds are a wonderful source of plant-based protein, containing as much as 15g per three tablespoons. They are greatly beneficial to overall health, especially where the brain is concerned. It is thought that hemp seeds can help to reduce stress and anxiety levels by regulating stress hormones.