Step 1: Make This Green Superfood Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup (8 fluid ounces) brewed green tea, chilled
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1 cup kale
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ½ medium avocado, pitted
- ¼ cup (2 fluid ounces) orange juice, freshly squeezed and strained from one orange
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Throw all ingredients into a blender, mix until smooth
- Pour into your favorite glass
- Garnish with ground cinnamon and sip on!
- Double up recipe to share with a friend!
Step 2: Sip Back, Relax, and Learn
While sipping back and enjoying the nutritious and delicious superfood smoothie, learn why the ingredients make it so special:
Avocadoes are much more than a toast topper and star of guac on your #TacoTuesday… Adding the unique, green fruit to your smoothie offers a number of benefits, particularly related to its healthy fat content. Unlike most fruit smoothies loaded with nothing more than natural and added sugars, complementing with avocadoes provides higher satiation and supports heart health. Aside from their healthy fats, they offer high fiber and potassium concentrations for digestive health and management of blood pressure, along with being a rich in folate, copper, and vitamins B6, C, E, and K.
Mixing in frozen bananas to your ultimate superfood smoothie offers a desirable natural sweetness, creaminess, and a number of of nutrients. The potassium and fiber content of bananas may manage blood sugars, improve digestion, assist in weight loss, and support heart health.
Cinnamon adds a woody and sweet flavor and aroma to the superfood smoothie and may even assist in your weight loss goals. Cinnamon may also assist in diabetes management, lower cholesterol, improve digestion, and treat yeast infections and erectile dysfunction.
Mostly related to their omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, flaxseeds are an exseedingly valuable addition to your superfood smoothie. Omega-3s are a type of “good fat” attributed to good heart health, even showing to reduce the risk of heart disease. The healthy fat has also been linked to healthy skin, as omega-3s, acting as an entrance for essential nutrients, barrier to harmful substances, and reservoir to hydrating water to keep the skin moist and soft.
Smoothies can certainly be healthful, though the fruity convenient smoothie packets or ones grabbed through a drive-thru often lacks an ample protein source, leading to quick energy that only plummets and leaves you hungry within the next hour or two. Protein is an essential component to weight loss, as it increases satiety without packing on a tremendous amount of calories. Greek yogurt can up your smoothie game, as it supplies not only ample protein, but probiotics shown to support digestive health.
Greening your tea can pour out bountiful health benefits, mostly related to its catechin content, a type of polyphenol. Green tea has demonstrated to increase metabolism, reduce fat mass, and reduce the risk of chronic conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
All hail to the kale! Kale is recognized as one of the ultimate superfoods and for much reason. The low-calorie, high-nutrient leafy green has shown to support digestive and heart health and may even protect from diabetes and cancer.
Oranges zest of energy and life to your smoothie! Oh, and a heavy dose of vitamin C… The vitamin plays a significant role in skin health related to its collagen-building and antioxidant properties, supporting the integrity of bone, tendon, skin, and cartilage, reducing damage from ultraviolet (UV) light exposure and skin wrinkling, and improving overall skin appearance.
A little bit of honey in this superfood smoothie supplies a hint of added sweetness, along with potential benefits of fighting off seasonal allergies, offering antioxidants, killing bacteria, soothing sore throats, and enhancing athletic performance.
Similar to the nutrient-density of kale, spinach is packed to the brim with nutrients, including iron, calcium, folate, and vitamin C.
Step 3: Repeat
After sipping through the flavors and discovering the amazing benefits of the superfood smooth recipe, you will want to repeat the process. We support your decision!