Smoothie Series: Healthy Green Smoothie - A Tropical Summer Delight

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Hello Beautiful People!

HAPPY JULY! I am back again with another green smoothie recipe. Like I said in my previous smoothie series post, I absolutely adore green smoothies!


 So, without any further ado, let's get to it.


This recipe calls for ingredients for one serving. Each serving has about 186 calories and the preparation time is about ten minutes.


Ingredients:

1 cup of organic spinach
0.5 cups of chopped up mango
0.5 cups of blueberries
4 medium sized strawberries chopped up
0.5 cups of pure coconut water (I used the brand Zico)
0.5 cups of ice
A nutribullet/magic bullet or any other blender



I purchased all my fruits from the local farmer's market, and the spinach from Sam's Club. The Zico pure coconut water was purchased from Trader Joe's.
Remember, as stated in the previous smoothie post, half of the smoothie serving needs to be comprised of greens. 



Steps:

1. Clean all the fruits and spinach thoroughly. 
2. Chop up the strawberries and unpeeled mango. 
3. Place the spinach, strawberries, blueberries, and mango in the nutribullet.
4. Add the a quarter of the Zico coconut water.
5. Blend the mixture until it forms a puree.
6. Add the remaining coconut water and ice.
7. Blend until it is the consistency of a smoothie. 

8. ENJOY!













This is an excellent green smoothie option. I already told you about all the benefits of spinach and strawberries (which you can read here). So, let me tell you about the benefits of blueberries, mango and coconut water. 


Blueberries are rich with antioxidants, which are vital for good health, making this juicy blue fruit a super food. The antioxidant properties of blueberry have been studied tremendously and have shown to reverse and prevent heart disease and cancer, as well as a whole other slew of ailments. Blueberries are also abundantly full of manganese, vitamin C, and fiber - to name a few. Manganese aids in strengthening your bones and metabolizing proteins, carbs, and fats. The vitamin C in blueberries is shown to protect your immune system, keep your gums healthy, maintain the health of your capillaries, as well as aid in the absorption of iron. The fiber in blueberries keeps your cholesterol leveled, which in return keeps your heart healthy. Fiber also keeps your digestive system regular, which is key for weight loss. 


Mangoes are personally my favorite fruit. I guess that is because of my inner Indian. During the summer, I am always anxiously waiting to indulge in the juicy decadency of mangoes. Along with blueberries, mangoes are also rich in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C. Additionally, they are full of several nutrients and vitamins that keep your body feeling fuller longer, which helps in weight loss. Mangoes are also a natural skin cleanser, clearing your pores.  They also have a low glycemic index (41-60), which helps in regulating diabetes. Mangoes also have vitamin A, which is essential in promoting good eye health. Mangoes have over 20 carotenoids that keep your immune system healthy. 


Pure coconut water is a natural sweetener. It is low in calories. It provides energy and a whole array of vitamins and minerals. Coconut water is a healthy alternative to any other juices or carbonated beverages. It keeps away fatigue. Coconut water contains no cholesterol. Also, it increases your metabolic rate, which proportionally speeds up weight loss. 




This is a great smoothie in boosting your overall health. It is quick to make and very delicious! 

If you try it, comment/share to let me know how it came out for you. Also, remember to follow me on all my social media sites.

Hope you all have a wonderful day and an even more wonderful month of July!



Bon appétit, mes amis!
XOXO S

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