Green smoothies enable you to consume a huge quantity of essential vitamins and minerals with minimal effort, which is so important in this fast-paced society in which we live in today. This green smoothie has kale as its leafy green base, which contains very good levels of nearly every vitamin and mineral we need to thrive.
Alongside kale, this smoothie also contains orange, red apple, cucumber, mint leaves, pumpkin seeds, pineapple and almond milk. To make it, add all the ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.
Adding half an orange to this smoothie will greatly increase the levels of dietary fibre, with one average sized orange providing about a third of the daily requirement. This is good news for your heart since fibre helps to remove cholesterol from the gut before it gets a chance to enter the blood stream. Oranges are also incredibly rich in vitamin C, which is vital for proper healing and formation of healthy tissues.
Kale provides the leafy green base to this green smoothie and acts as a natural multivitamin because it contains reliable amounts of nearly every vitamin and mineral the body needs. One of the nutrients it is most rich in is vitamin K which is important for ensuring that blood clots properly. Kale is also thought to help prevent many age-related diseases thanks to its remarkable free radical scavenging abilities.
To experience a marked improvement in short term memory, as well as help prevent or slow the onset of neurodegenerative diseases, add an apple a day to your diet. They help to protect neurons from oxidative damage caused by free radicals and regular consumption of them can also help to greatly reduce the risk of experiencing a stroke.
The water content found in cucumber will help to keep you hydrated, but that isn’t the only benefit to adding cucumber to this smoothie. Cucumber reduces puffiness around eyes, reduces the risk of cancer, improves inflammation and pain in joints and even helps to heal diseased gums.
Adding mint leaves to this smoothie will give it a wonderfully fresh taste and the oils it contains will also help to relieve allergy symptoms, soothe sore throats, calm indigestion and help to relieve pain.
Pumpkin seeds add a good amount of omega fatty acids to this smoothie, which are beneficial to heart health. They also contain high quantities of magnesium and zinc which enables the body to heal by supporting the immune system. Other health benefits of adding pumpkin seeds include better quality sleep, reduced inflammation in the body and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
Pineapple adds a deliciously exotic flavour and makes it appealing to almost every palate. It also provides a number of benefits to health. By including pineapple in this smoothie you will add more than 130% of the daily requirement of vitamin C and health benefits that include lowering the risk of developing asthma, improved fertility and reduced swelling & healing time after an injury.
Using almond milk as a liquid base allows the exotic flavours of the fruits to shine through and allows you to stick to a calorie-controlled diet far more easily than using regular cow’s milk. There are also numerous benefits to health associated with almond milk and they include lowering cholesterol, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and helping to prevent cancer.
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