With the summer heat approaching the very last thing I want to do is cook in the kitchen.
However I still want make sure that I am making our family healthy and whole simple meals. A recipe that I tend to make every morning throughout the summer is my green monster tropical smoothie, it’s a huge hit in our family!
This way we are getting in our greens, healthy fats, and protein. You can also pour them into popsicle molds for a tasty after dinner treat! You want to re-create this yummy smoothie?
Head to your closest grocery store and pick up these simple ingredients & follow the recipe below!
- •1 cup almond milk
- •1 cup baby spinach
- •1/2 ripe frozen banana, chopped into chunks (I like mine frozen)
- •1 tablespoon almond butter or peanut butter
- •1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- •½ cup frozen pineapple
- •2 to 3 ice cubes
- Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
Fresh turmeric: Anti-inflammatory and fights free radical damage to the brain. It contains curcumin, which is a powerful antioxidant. Also has pain-relieving properties.
Cilantro: Detoxifying and helps remove heavy metals from the body. Also antibacterial, immune-enhancing, and aids digestion.
Parsley: Diuretic aid rich in antioxidants. Contains vitamin K, which helps support healthy bones.
Red Leaf Lettuce: Source of folate and soluble fibre. The deep pigment in red lettuce leaves means that it contains an extra boost of antioxidants. The watery nature of lettuce helps flush toxins from the body. Also thought to have a calming or sedative effect on the body.
Lemon: Antibacterial properties. High vitamin C content. Lemon boosts digestion and is alkalizing and detoxifying.
Avocado: Contains healthy monounsaturated oil. The flesh and oil are anti-inflammatory. Also thought to help keep joints supple and may boost fertility.
Mango: High in vitamin C and beta-carotene, which can help boost the immune system. Contains prebiotic dietary fibre, which helps feed good bacteria in the gut.
Source: Healing Foods: Eat your way to a healthier life (DK Books, 2013)