Spinach, Strawberry, Mango and Banana Smoothie
-I want to begin this post by saying “thank you so very, BERRY much” for all Birthday wishes. My social media accounts were flooded, and just so you know I read each of them. Seriously, my face was grinning with happiness all day, and I must say some even made me teary! Since I started this humble food blog, I had a pretty amazing audience, but this year so far makes my heart melt even more, and I am still in disbelief that you really do care. So thank you again, you guys are the best!!!!
Two mornings in a row with strong coffee in my hand and the Creed, stonesour, Metallica etc. on my playlist, I’ve spent in the kitchen this week from 6:30 am testing and experimenting few recipes. Y’know, when you wake up and there is something on your mind?! I woke up with food pictures in front of my eyes. No shocker! I know, believe me! Actually, it was not really a testing recipes per se, more of trying to measure ingredients, so I can set it accurately on the blog, and testing different ingredient combinations. OK! It is kind of a testing recipes. In this case, I attempted to pair Spinach, Strawberry, Mango and Banana and see how that will work out. It’s not like I never did it before, because I did. However, normally I don’t mix more than 3 flavors together so this was an interesting combo.
I am going behind spinach even though people are still hyping over kale, which is o.k., I’d say: “good for you”, but to be honest I love spinach in my smoothies more than kale.
I made kale juices many times before, usually hiding the powerful, almost pungent kale taste with some sweet fruit, but when it comes to picking which I like better, I’ll go with spinach of course!
This combination works very well, and the colors are beautiful, too. It is packed with all kinds of nutrients and healthy benefits.
- 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.
- BANANAS are good for you! The fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B6 content in bananas all support heart health. An increase in potassium intake along with a decrease in sodium intake is the most important dietary change that a person can make to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Mango: Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels. One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and dry eyes.
- Strawberry: Packed with vitamins, fiber, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols, strawberries are a sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food. They are among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity and are a good source of manganese and potassium. The compound nitrate found promotes blood flow and oxygen in our body, which is great for weight loss. Strawberries lower blood levels of CRP, a signal of inflammation in the body. Flavonoids, which are responsible for the color and flavors of strawberries, lower the risk for heart disease.
- Handful Baby Spinach
- 1 Banana
- 4 FL Oz skim milk (or any other liquid; water, almond milk, soy milk etc.)
- 5-6 Strawberry, sliced
- 5 FL Oz Skim Milk (or any other liquid; water, almond milk, soy milk etc.)
- 1 Mango
- 4 FL Oz Skim Milk (or any other liquid; water, almond milk, soy milk etc.)
- Make Smoothies individually, and in the glass, add first spinach (green) smoothie, then pour a splash of strawberry smoothie (pink), and lastly a few tablespoons of mango smoothie (yellow).
- When I make smoothies individually and slightly mix with a straw or spoon, you can taste each smoothie. It is like a ladder, taking each flavor to the next level.
- I DID NOT ADD ANY SWEETENER, HOWEVER YOU CAN ADD 1/2 TSP-1 TSP TO EACH SMOOTHIE or to taste, IF YOU DESIRE.
- I’d recommend for you to drink it right away, or make enough for one person. In that case decrease amount of ingredients, and usually I use 4-6 FL Oz of liquid per smoothie.