I’d say wake up sleepy heads, but I am half sleeping myself.
Today, on a blog menu, we are having smoothie -healthy, delicious, refreshing and a perfect morning smoothie. With that “wake me up” smoothie taste, you will ditch a morning coffee (ahem! Just kidding).
Smoothies are so versatile and full of nutrition. Usually, I add a hand full of greens, but today I felt like having something more fruity. With that being said, I added ground ginger and yogurt, but the options are endless.
You can add protein powder, cold milk instead of water -any milk, and/or option to add frozen or fresh fruit. I love freezing fruits.
Portion size it, pack it in a Ziplock bag and I use it as I need for my smoothies. I mean, it’s convenient, and you can buy fruits that you like and freeze it yourself. Simple task, yet so much cheaper, too.
Ginger: I love ginger, fresh or in powder. This tropical plant, in the same Botanical family as turmeric and cardamom, was effectively used to ease nausea and vomiting caused by illness. In the intestinal tract, it reduces gas and painful cramps. It reduces pain and inflammation, making it valuable in managing arthritis, headaches, and menstrual cramps. It has a warming effect and stimulates circulation.
Banana: 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.
Raspberry: The aroma of fresh raspberries is what I love the most, and of course the soothing taste as well. By increasing enzyme activity, oxygen consumption, and heat production in certain types of fat cells, raspberry phytonutrients (plant) like rheosmin or raspberry ketone may be able to decrease the risk of obesity as well as a risk of fatty liver.
Anticancer benefits of raspberries have long been attributed to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory plant. Raspberry contains antioxidant vitamins like vitamin A, C, and vitamin E. They are rich in a B-complex group of vitamins and vitamin K. The berries contain very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid. These vitamins are functioning as co-factors and help the body in the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein, and fat.
Yogurt: I don’t think my kids could go a day without a yogurt. They love any type, especially Chobani, because it is Non-GMO and we certainly love the taste, too. I tend to purchase low-fat Greek yogurt, instead of those that are full of artificial flavors.
Sometimes I do buy those with flashy cartoon characters on a package, but not as often as they would like me to buy it. Protein is essential to maintain good health and it is vital to cell growth, building muscle, and repairing tissue. Greek yogurt is packed with probiotics and protein.
These are microorganisms such as bacteria and yeast. These normally live in your intestines, and having good microorganisms in your intestines helps you to stay healthy. Vitamin B-12 is absolutely necessary for energy and healthy brain function, and Greek yogurt is, of course, full of it, as well as iodine, which is really important for proper thyroid function, and the thyroid is essential for healthy metabolism.
I mean, our body is our temple, as you might have heard one too many times, but seriously, if you don’t take care of it by eating balanced and proper meals, or if you’re over-stressing along with that, it will go down in a ditch. Lesson learned!
Stress less, and feed yourself with something beneficial for your body. It could be also affordable. If you drink a smoothie one time a day, either packed with fruits or veggies, or in a combo of both, with ingredients that you like or could afford, I assure you that you will get yourself on track very soon, not just your insides, but your skin, hair, nails, etc.
The best investment for me was getting a blender because my kids whip by themselves nutrition packed smoothie in no time, and they don’t even know that they are drinking pure vitamins that are essential to maintaining their good health and growth.
My blender is NutriBullet -I am not sponsored by them, but so far have been enjoying it. I’ve used before “Magic Bullet” and it broke in less than 5 months. Me not very happy!
I am not sponsored by the “Chobani”, but I made this smoothie with their product for the Summer series #MadeWithChobani and because my family and I like their products. For more healthy recipes and ideas, please visit the Chobani website.
Raspberry-Banana, frozen smoothie
- 1 Frozen banana
- 1/2 cup 120g. frozen raspberry
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 cup 60g. plain Greek Yogurt
- 1 cup 8 FL Oz /177ml) Ice cold water OR just 2/3 cup of water for frozen yogurt consistency.
- Add sweetener to taste (sugar, honey, etc.)
For more servings, double the ingredients.
- n a blender, add 1 frozen banana (or fresh), and 1/2 cup (120g.) of frozen raspberry (or fresh). If you are using fresh fruit, add 1 cup of ice.
- Add 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger (and/or protein powder, seeds, nuts, oats, etc. I stir in seeds at the end).
- Add 1/4 cup (60g.) of plain Greek Yogurt –Vegan: Use non-dairy yogurt or soft tofu.
- Pour 1 cup (8 FL Oz) /177ml) of ice-cold water OR just 2/3 cup of water for frozen yogurt consistency. If the fruit is not frozen, at this point add ICE. (I added first 2/3 cup of water, and checked for consistency). Blend for 30 seconds, and it will be frozen yogurt consistency. Pour the rest of the ice-cold water. Blend for 15-20 more seconds. It will be perfect smoothie consistency.
- Stir in 1 tablespoon of seeds that you have on hand (read notes).
If you are using fresh fruit instead of frozen, add 1 cup of ice. Milk could be added instead of water for an even creamier smoothie -Almond, soy, non-dairy, coconut or regular low-fat milk. Vegan: Use non-dairy yogurt or soft tofu.
You can use fruit yogurts too, whatever you are comfortable with. I Stir in my seeds on the end, but sometimes I do add it together before blending. Seeds (add-INs) suggestions: Chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, Hemp seeds, etc.