A healthy start to any day, this smoothie is full of antioxidants, vitamins, protein and minerals, to start you off on the right foot. Take a look at some of the many benefits these ingredients provide.
Goji berries contain all the essential amino acids, have high concentrations of protein, are loaded with Vitamin C and are high in fiber. They boast about 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach and have natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds which boost the immune system.
Spinach contains a healthy dose of Vitamin K which boosts your healing powers, Vitamin A helps maintain the immune system and potassium controls your blood pressure and facilitates muscle function and nerve communication.
Blueberries have one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants, feeds our cells important vitamins and nutrients that fight bacteria and reduces the risk of certain types of cancer, contains lutein that is important to healthy vision as well as a substance that helps prevent bladder infections. they are also a good source for dietary fiber.
Blackberries contain 4 grams (g) of fiber in one-half cup – one-sixth the daily recommended amount (25 g), have a high concentration of antioxidants and vitamins that may help reduce your risk of heart problems, periodontal disease and age-related decline in motor and cognitive function. Blackberries are also low in calories and virtually fat free.
Bananas contain large amounts of potassium, each banana contributes 487 milligrams towards your daily recommended amount, which aids in maintaining normal blood pressure, heart function and lowers the risk of stroke. Bananas also have a natural antacid effect which aids in digestion and can protect against ulcers as well as containing tryptophan that helps regulate moods, appetite, memory and learning. And let's not forget the powerful B6 component that supports the immune system.
Protein Powder Adding protein to your smoothie can help you stave off hunger between meals, ideal when you are trying to lose weight, as well as helping add additional fiber and omega 3's to your diet. If drinking after a workout they help replenish your body's nutrients, build muscle and boost energy. (I like Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Pro Fiber Protein Powder available on Amazon.com)
Black & Blue Goji Berry Smash
- 1 cup coconut water
- ½ cup blackberries/blueberries
- ½ frozen sliced banana
- ⅛ cup goji berries, soaked overnight
- Handful spinach
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 2-4 ice cubes
Mix all ingredients together in blender and serve! Serves 2.