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
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!
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 recipe 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 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 would 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 will 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 health 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!Â 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:Â 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.
Now when you combine all that together, HOLY potatoes! You got yourself a pretty awesome healthy beverage, don’t you agree?
- • Handful Baby Spinach
- • 1 Banana, sliced
- • 4 FL Oz skim milk (or any other liquid; water, almond milk, soy milk etc.)
- Pink Smoothie:
- • 5-6 Strawberry, sliced
- • 5 FL Oz Skim Milk (or any other liquid; water, almond milk, soy milk etc.)
- Yellow Smoothie:
- • 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)
- Lastly a few tablespoons of mango smoothie (yellow).
- When I make smoothies individually and lightly 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 would recommend you 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 423 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 3mg Sodium: 214mg Carbohydrates: 77g Fiber: 12g Sugar: 58g Protein: 17g