This delicious smoothie bowl will greatly boost your hydration levels thanks to the watermelon juice and cantaloupe, and will also promote healthy skin, eyesight and immune system because there is an abundance of vitamins A and C, as well as minerals like zinc and magnesium.
To make it, blend together the watermelon juice, cantaloupe, mango, spirulina, avocado and spinach, until a smooth consistency is achieved. Pour into a bowl and use the remaining ingredients as toppings.
Watermelon juice is easy to make at home either in a juicer or blended in a blender and then strained. It is also an excellent liquid base for smoothies because it helps to maintain good levels of hydration. It contains an amino acid called citrulline that can be converted by the body and used to improve blood flow and relax the blood vessels, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Just like the watermelon juice in this smoothie, cantaloupe has a high water content that makes it extremely beneficial in maintaining hydration levels. It is also a very good source of vitamin A, which helps to maintain healthy eyesight, and vitamin C, which encourages more effective wound healing and healthier looking skin.
Mangoes are an abundant source of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium. Some of the health benefits linked to their consumption include delayed onset of age-related macular degeneration, a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and healthy skin and hair.
Spirulina is seen as something of a superfood within the circles of the health conscious and it isn’t hard to appreciate why. This blue-green algae is incredibly rich in minerals like iron, potassium and magnesium, as well as vitamins like riboflavin, thiamin and folate. Some of the health benefits linked to the consumption of spirulina include reduced inflammation, lower cholesterol and relief from nasal irritations associated with allergies.
This creamy fruit is a very rich source of oleic acid, which is a type of fat that is good for the heart and is even thought to have an effect on reducing the risk of cancer. Avocados are also associated with lower levels of cholesterol and are even thought to help increase the absorption of nutrients from other plant foods.
One of the most impressive benefits of consuming spinach seems to relate to an antioxidant it contains called alpha-lipoic acid, which has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity and lower glucose levels in patients suffering with diabetes.
Goji berries are able to calm the nerves & help lift moods in anxious or depressed people, aid in a good night’s sleep and even assist with effective weight loss, although further research does need to be undertaken. These small, red berries contain some very good amounts of vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, riboflavin and iron.
Coconuts are extremely effective at fighting off infections (and the bacteria that cause them) thanks to their anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. They also contain some very good amounts of dietary fibre and important minerals like magnesium and potassium, which makes them very beneficial to heart, bone and digestive health.
The addition of hemp seeds to this smoothie will greatly increase the level of minerals like magnesium, iron and zinc. They also provide a little dose of protein.
An average sized banana contains about 23% of the daily intake of fibre, 33% of the daily requirement of vitamin C, 15% of the daily requirement of magnesium and 23% of the daily requirement of potassium. Bananas also contain something called tryptophan which is used by the body to help lift moods and can be beneficial in helping to treat symptoms of depression.
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