tropical green smoothie
It’s late October, but it still feels like summer here in Maryland. This gives the excuse to have pumpkin spice some days and a totally tropical treat another. That’s my takeaway anyway.
This smoothie recipe is one of my classics and favorites. I used to walk to a vegan juice bar and cafe when I lived in Towson during college. It was one of my favorite spots which was also a few doors down from my favorite yoga studio. Ah, the late teens/early twenties version of myself. She had so much time on her hands that she didn’t even realize. Yoga and smoothies every day. Now I’m a mom who randomly practices yoga, but still has time to whip up a quick, nutrient packed, healthy smoothie. The following recipe is a nod to that time in my life, and those smoothies, but adapted to meet my current nutritional needs AKA more protein, greens, superfoods and less sugar. Go team mom.
I always like to sneak in vegetables to recipes. It is very easy to do this in a smoothie. Spinach is virtually tasteless, unlike some other greens which can be a bitter and chunky addition. Spinach blends well even in a regular blender, so even if you’re not packing a Vitamix or Blendtech, you can enjoy a smooth green smoothie. Spinach is high in the fat soluble vitamins, A, D, E & K. It needs to be paired with a good quality fat for these nutrients to be absorbed. It is also contains thiamin, vitamin B6, folate(!), more calcium than milk, iron, magnesium, potassium phosphorus, copper, and manganese. Hey, superfood!
Also featured in this smoothie is zucchini, which can be raw, or if you have digestive issues, can be pre-steamed and frozen. The zucchini gives a creamy texture, which means a banana is not needed, and it offers many phytonutrients. It is low on the glycemic index, low in sugar, but high in potassium, manganese, vitamin C & vitamin A.
Coconut is an extremely healing food. It is good for gut health, skin, and brain function. The coconut oil helps your body to absorb those fat soluble vitamins, and adds a delicious tropical flavor.
Pineapple contains a powerful digestive enzyme called bromelain which helps digest proteins and is anti-inflammatory.
Protein and is found in spirulina, a highly concentrated antioxidant filled and alkaline microalgae. Spirulina is loaded with chorophyll- which is energy from the sun. It is also a good source of iron, calcium, and B vitamins. It is the most nutrient dense food on the planet! Yes please.
Another protein in this smoothie is collagen. This particular collagen is found in beef and is great for skin, hair, and nails, but also is good for gut health and combatting inflammation.
And of course, almonds are a source of both fat and protein. They also are a good source of fiber, magnesium, and vitamin E. They help to lower blood pressure and maintain a healthy weight.