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Go-To Gut and Skin-Loving Green Smoothie

by Christina Cannes

Smoothies are the simplest way to get a full serving of fruit and veg in a tasty drink. They’re the winner for busy people who want optimal nutrition but don’t have time during the day to prepare a meal.

I formulated this smoothie recipe specifically for the gut and skin – because we all know that healthy glow comes from the inside. This smoothie is good for your heart, brain, excellent for reducing inflammation and soothing digestion, and most importantly keeping your blood clean and healthy. It’s also vegan!

The best way to balance any smoothie is to include anti-oxidant rich fruits, vitamin-packed green veggies, nuts and seeds chocked full of healthy protein and omegas, with a splash of coconut water for hydration. Feel free to get creative and add anything – kiwi and pineapples up the zing factor when they’re in season.

Here’s an optimally nutritional green smoothie recipe to keep you fuelled and filled:

–           ½ cup organic blueberries

–           ½ cup organic strawberries

–           1 – 2 bananas (depending on your potassium needs)

–           1 cup organic baby spinach

–           2 kale leaves without the stem

–           1/3 cup LSA mix (ground linseeds (flaxseeds), sunflower seeds and almonds)

–           1/3 cup hemp seeds

–           1 tablespoon spirulina

–           1-2 cups coconut water (depending on how thick you prefer your smoothie)

Add all the ingredients into a blender and mix for 1-2 minutes for a smooth, delicious green drink.

Blueberry Health Benefits

•          Rich in vitamins C, K and manganese

•          Rich in flavonoids

Strawberry Health Benefits

•          Rich in vitamin C, folate, anthocyanins, quercetin, and kaempferol are just excellent antioxidants

•          Balances blood sugar

Banana Health Benefits

•          Rich in vitamins C, potassium, manganese and fibre

•          Bananas are one of the best fruit sources of vitamin B6

Spinach Health Benefits

•          Contains high levels of vitamins A, K magnesium, potassium, calcium iron, chlorophyll, beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin

•          Rich with alpha-lipoic acid (ideal for balancing insulin)

Kale Health Benefits

•          Rich in vitamins A, K, C, B6, manganese, calcium, copper, potassium, magnesium, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), iron and phosphorus

•          Kale contains very little fat, but a large portion of the fat in it is an omega-3 fatty acid called alpha linolenic-acid

LSA Mix Health Benefits

•          An amazing source of dietary fibre, protein, omega fatty acids 6 and 9, minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, selenium, copper and zinc, and vitamins A, B, D and E

•          Useful for detoxing and cleansing the liver

Hemp Seed Health Benefits

•          Rich in vitamins E, B6, folate, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamine

•          Are a complete source of protein – they provide all 9 essential amino acids and are a source of essential fatty acids, such as alpha-linolenic acid

Spirulina Health Benefits

•          Rich in vitamins, B1, B2, B3, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium and manganese

•          Gram for gram, spirulina may be the single most nutritious food on the planet

•          It is a complete protein with all 9 amino acids

Coconut Water Health Benefits

•          Rich in vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and calcium

•          Excellent for hydration

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