Smoothies! Everyone loves them, right? But it’s not just great taste and sweet fruit – a smoothie, particularly this vegan superfood green smoothie, can be a nutritional, cancer-fighting, health-boosting, powerhouse! How awesome is that? Read on!
At Full of Beans household we have smoothies pretty much every morning. They are a perfect way to start your day with plenty of calories (and carbs!) to carry you through your morning and get a nutrition packed meal that is super quick to make. If you have a busy life and need to get out of the door and off to work early, like we do, then this is a WIN! Healthy, happy, energized, and at work on time – that’s what I am talking about!
Getting Started with Smoothies
But not all smoothies are created equal. There are a few key ingredients that you should consider working into your smoothies because of their unique and exceptional qualities. After all, if a few great tasting additions can transform a smoothie into a cancer preventing, cholesterol lowering, digestion improving meal, what’s not to love about it? Plus all you need is a decent blender! If you really get into smoothies (and other blender requiring recipes) we swear by Vitamix – they are fantastic.
The Green Smoothie Base: Spinach and Banana
One of our go-to smoothies is a classic green smoothie: bananas and spinach. The good news here is that we are already off to a great start. Why? Because spinach is one of the truly big players in the nutrition game. (Remember Popeye and how he would get all pumped up as soon as he had his spinach? Turns out that’s only a slight exaggeration). Here is a small list of the wonderful qualities of spinach:
fiber for cholesterol control
high in iron (important for red blood cell production)
anti-oxidant vitamins like A and C to promote healing
high in vitamin K, essential for bone-building and osteoporosis prevention
also high in many minerals including zinc (essential to growth and sperm regeneration – are you listening, guys?)
good source of mono-unsaturated fatty acids which help lower LDL (“bad” cholesterol)
tannin in avocado acts as an anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, and anti-oxidant
excellent source of iron, copper, magnesium, and manganese. Magnesium is essential for bone strengthening and has a cardiac-protective role. Iron and copper are required in the production of red blood cells
rich source of potassium (same for bananas). Potassium helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure, countering bad effects of sodium
Incredible, right!? A quick to make, simple drink with all these benefits? Let’s have some! It is pretty quick to make and the balance of sweet ripe bananas, tangy mangoes, creamy plant milk, and the creamy avocado makes this a particularly delicious smoothie.
More Health Benefit Info
Sources and more reading regarding nutritional benefits of the main ingredients in this vegan superfood green smoothie.
Greg is the other half of Full Of Beans. He loves to be active, particularly outdoors. If he had his way, he would be on a warm beach at least part of every day. He works as a Graphic Designer, Photographer, and Personal Trainer. In his opinion, Georgia is the best thing that ever happened to him.