This smoothie is excellent for people who need to reduce inflammation caused by illness or injury, thanks to the ingredients that have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, including ginger and turmeric. These same anti-inflammatory properties work in combination with the high dose of potassium in this smoothie to help support a healthy cardiovascular system.
To make this smoothie, blend all the ingredients until smooth.
Almond milk provides a delicious alternative to both dairy and non-dairy milks in this smoothie. As a nut milk, it is the closest in taste to cow’s milk, which makes it very popular with those who avoid dairy products for health reasons, and it contains no cholesterol, which is good news for heart health. Commercially produced almond milk is usually fortified with vitamins and minerals like calcium and B12, which means that it can help to maintain healthy bones and proper formation of blood cells.
Some of the benefits to health that are linked to the consumption of turmeric include reduced inflammation, protection against damage caused by free radicals and lowering the risk of developing neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases. This colourful spice is understood to have such effects thanks to the powerful antioxidants that it contains, in particular curcumin.
This delicious root has a long history of use within traditional medicine circles. It has been shown to significantly reduce symptoms of nausea and morning sickness and is an incredibly powerful anti-inflammatory. The main compound that ginger contains, known as gingerol, is responsible for most of its amazing benefits to health.
Produced from the bark of the cinnamon tree, this earthy spice adds a wonderful aroma to any recipe. Cinnamon also boasts a number of benefits to health that include providing protection from damage caused by free radicals, thanks to its high levels of antioxidants, and a reduction in inflammation.
Bananas are an excellent source of dietary fibre, which means that they can help you to feel satiated for longer and, therefore, assist with effective weight management. They are also an abundant source of potassium which is very important for maintaining strong bones and a healthy cardiovascular system. Some other benefits to health that are linked with the consumption of bananas include improving mood and reducing depression, lowering the risk of developing asthma in childhood and helping to replace electrolytes.
Pineapples are loaded with a number of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, folate and copper. Some of the health benefits of consuming pineapple include helping to lower the risk of developing asthma or age-related macular degeneration, improving fertility and reducing inflammation.
Mangoes are an amazing source of vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium. They are also linked to numerous health benefits such as a reduced risk of developing asthma thanks to their high levels of beta-carotene, and supporting healthy looking skin & hair thanks to their high levels of vitamins A and C.
It is well known that carrots are extremely beneficial for maintaining healthy eyesight, thanks to their incredibly high levels of vitamin A, but they are also associated with other benefits to health that include providing a good dose of most vitamins and minerals that we need, lowering levels of cholesterol and helping to protect against cancer, thanks to the beta-carotene that they contain.
Pumpkin seeds are an amazing source of many of the vitamins and minerals that are essential to good health. Indeed, a 28g serving contains 18% of the daily requirement of vitamin K, as well as 23% iron, 37% magnesium, 33% phosphorus and 14% zinc. This means that pumpkin seeds can help to support healthy blood cell production, as well as ensuring that oxygen is transported to where it is needed. And they can also help to support a properly functioning immune system.
Banana, grapes, sunflower seeds, almonds, kiwifruit, pumpkin seeds and almond milk smoothie
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