This Super Food Smoothie is not only packed full of vitamin & energy rich super foods, but it is tastes really good & provides a healthy start to your day!
Are you ready? Today I’m going to share one of the best tasting smoothies I’ve ever made. You will love it. Your kids will love it. Your dog will stare at you and beg for it. Its that good. If you think the fruit looks funny in the photo below, its because its frozen. It looked pretty right when I took it out of the freezer, but after sitting there for a few minutes it got all frosty. I promise it was delicious, though. The blueberries, raspberries and nectarines were all picked at the height of the season last summer by yours truly.
Our family is smoothie-loving. The kids never shy away from a healthy green smoothie, and both of them agreed this morning that this one was possibly the best tasting one yet! If you’ve never put coconut milk and walnuts in your smoothie, they make for a tasty and creamy treat.
I’m sure any old blender will work, but if you haven’t invested in a high power blender yet, its worth every penny. My Blentec keeps track of how many times I’ve used it and I think I’m pushing 1000 already.
So let’s spend a minute to talk about the super foods in this awesome smoothie. You’ve got:
pomegranate: a nutrient dense, antioxidant rich fruit that has been revered as a symbol of health, fertility and eternal life. A compound found only in pomegranates called punicalagin is shown to benefit the heart and blood vessels. Punicalagin is the major component responsible for pomegranate’s antioxidant and health benefits. It not only lowers cholesterol, but also lowers blood pressure and increases the speed at which heart blockages (atherosclerosis) melt away.
raspberries: contain strong antioxidants such as Vitamin C, quercetin and gallic acid that fight against cancer, heart and circulatory disease and age-related decline. They are high in ellagic acid, a known chemopreventative, and have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.
blueberries: contain antioxidants, which work to neutralize free radicals linked to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other age-related conditions. These little powerhouses provide tasty ways of staying healthy.
nectarines: they are a good source of a number of minerals, Beta-carotene and Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potassium, and dietary fiber
bananas: known to reduce swelling, protect against developing type-2 diabetes, aid in weight loss, strengthen the nervous system and help with production of white blood cells, all due to the high level of vitamin B6 that bananas contain
walnuts: can reduce the risk of breast cancer, they’re packed with omega-3 fatty acids, they can reduce risk of diabetes, they contain antioxidants that boost heart health, and walnuts can help you deal with stress.
spinach: this healthy green is full of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Spinach has an extremely high nutritional value and is rich in antioxidants. It is a good source of vitamins A, B2, C and K, and also contains magnesium, manganese, folate, iron, calcium and potassium.
coconut milk: highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
So, do I have you convinced?
- 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1/2 cup peaches or nectarines
- 1 large banana
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 1 cup light coconut milk
- 1 large handful of spinach
- water and ice, as needed
- Add all ingredients to your blender. If using frozen fruit, add enough water to blend. If using fresh fruit, add enough water to blend as well as ice to make cold. Process until smooth.
- Garnish with additional berries or pomegranate seeds.
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