Characteristics

Green smoothies offer an ideal way to start our day with greens, or can be enjoyed at any other time of the day for a boost of greens. They are naturally alkalizing, and rich in vitamins, minerals, as well as phytonutrients. Each green smoothie provides some servings of greens and fruits, as well as your favorite superfoods. They can be an excellent source of healthy carbohydrates, fats and proteins, as well as fiber. This recipe offers a simple and delicious way to get started with green smoothies and gain experience to create your own favorite combinations. They are an outstanding and suitable choice of nutrients for the whole family.

TYPE: Breakfast, Snack, Dessert
PREP TIME: < 15 mins
SERVINGS: makes 2 large or 4 small servings

  • Raw
  • Vegan
  • Wheat-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Corn-free
  • Peanut-free
  • Nut-free
  • Refined Sugar-free

Goodies Needed

INGREDIENTS:

  • A few handfuls of Spinach (organic)
  • 2 Bananas (organic)
  • 1 cup of Strawberries (organic)
  • 1/8 (a few chunks) of a Fresh Pineapple (organic)
  • 4 tbsp of Flax Seeds or Chia Seeds (organic)
  • 2 cups of Water (filtered, natural spring)
  • Optional - Ice Cubes

TOOLS:

Preparation Steps

  1. Peel the bananas and place into blender.
  • Wash the strawberries, remove leaf stems (optional) and place into blender.
  • Add your pineapple into the blender. To learn how to peel and work with a pineapple, watch this instructional video.
  • Wash the spinach (unless pre-washed) and add into blender.
  • Add in 4 tablespoons of seeds into the blender.
  • You can add in a few ice cubes when first getting used to green smoothies, although it is healthiest to consume all drinks at room temperature.
  • Add in the water, cover and blend on high until a uniform, smooth consistency is reached (about 15-30 seconds using a Vitamix).
  • Pour into glass(es) and enjoy.
  • Green smoothies should be consumed fresh and not stored for long periods of time.

Meal Nutritional Benefits

Spinach:

  • good source of (in descending order): vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, vitamin C, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, tryptophan, fiber, copper, vitamin B1, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin E, omega-3, vitamin B3 and selenium
  • protects against osteoporosis, heart disease, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, arthritis, and other diseases
  • enhances eye sight, immune system and mental function for more information, visit the spinach detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Strawberries:

  • good source of (in descending order): vitamin C, manganese, fiber, iodine, potassium, folate, vitamin B2 and vitamin B5
  • contain antioxidant properties to prevent cancer, enhance healthy immune function and protect against rheumatoid arthritis
  • for more information, visit the strawberry detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Bananas:

  • Is a high energy food source
  • good source of (in descending order): vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, fiber and manganese
  • offers cardiovascular protection, offers protection from ulcers, helps replenish electrolyte stores, enhances proper elimination, protects from age-related macular degeneration, helps build stronger bones and promotes kidney health,
  • for more information, visit the bananas detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Pineapple:

  • Good source of antioxidants
  • good source of (in descending order): manganese, vitamin C, vitamin B1, copper, fiber and vitamin B6
  • promotes healthy immune system, promotes healthy digestion, antioxidant protection to reduce risk of cancer, protects against macular degeneration and enhances proper energy production
  • for more information, visit the pineapple detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Flax Seeds:

  • adds a rich amount of alpha linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids
  • good source of (in descending order): omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, fiber, magnesium, folate, copper, phosphorus and vitamin B6
  • help reduce the inflammation that is a significant factor in conditions such as asthma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches, and osteoporosis
  • protect against bone disease, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, provide cholesterol lowering benefits, and enhance proper eye health, women’s and men’s health
  • for more information, visit the flax seeds detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

OR

Chia Seeds:

  • an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants
  • rich in manganese, zinc, phosphorus, calcium and copper, as well as fiber
  • help optimize blood sugar, cholesterol and a healthy weight
  • enhance optimal bowel, digestive, cardiovascular and overall health
  • learn more about the health benefits of chia seeds