Many people wouldn’t think about adding broccoli to a smoothie, but don’t fret. The sweetness of the mango, banana and apple will overpower its taste.
To make this smoothie, add all the ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.
There is quite a variety of lettuce available to choose from, each with their own characteristics and different levels of nutrition. The most nutritionally dense lettuce available is romaine lettuce, however, any lettuce will do since they are all good sources of vitamins and minerals. Because they are low in calories, lettuce are excellent for helping to maintain a healthy weight.
By including raw broccoli in this smoothie, you will benefit from the extra vitamins and minerals that would otherwise be lost during cooking, including vitamins C and K, folate and potassium. Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable and, therefore contains a compound called sulforaphane that has powerful anti-cancer properties.
Celery helps support a healthy digestive system because it contains good amounts of dietary fibre and a high water content; both are required to help keep you regular and prevent constipation. Recent studies have also found that an antioxidant in celery, luteolin, could be extremely beneficial in protecting against the growth of cancer cells.
The addition of cucumber to this smoothie will greatly increase the water content, which is good for a healthy brain, skin and digestive system and makes it effective at flushing toxins from the system. Cucumber also helps to lower the levels of uric acid in the body, meaning that the kidneys can stay happy and healthy.
A single mango can provide nearly your entire day’s allowance of vitamin C, as well as roughly a third of your daily vitamin A and a good dose of dietary fibre, vitamin E and vitamin K. Mangoes are also a rich source of beta-carotene which are very effective at protecting against cancer and can help reduce the risk of developing asthma.
Apples are an excellent source of dietary fibre, making them very beneficial in weight loss, as well as maintaining a healthy digestive system and lowering cholesterol levels. They also contain a powerful antioxidant called quercetin. Quercetin has been shown to help significantly reduce the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases and is thought to be able to slow the onset of symptoms in people already suffering from dementia.
Containing very high levels of potassium, bananas are incredibly beneficial to both heart and bone health. They also contain an amino acid called tryptophan which the body can convert into serotonin, making bananas an excellent foodstuff for people suffering from depression.
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