Green Sunshine Smoothie
“Green Sunshine Blend Smoothie” can be made in your Blendtec
3 organic large kale leaves (stems removed)
1/2 organic cucumber (quartered)
1 organic carrot
1 thumb size piece of organic ginger root
1 organic green apple (sliced)
1/2 organic banana
1/2 organic avocado (pitted)
1/4 cup raw organic cashews (optional)
1/4 cup organic hemp seeds
1 teaspoon fresh mint leaves
2 cups pure coconut water (no added sugar)
2 cups ice
Blend all ingredients together in your Vita Mix or Champ Blender. Ridiculously Delicious!
Health Benefits below:
A super food for life – one cup of Kale contains vitamins K, A, C, B6, E plus minerals such as, manganese, copper, calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium. Kale contains powerful antioxidants that protect our cells from free radicals that cause oxidative stress. The high fiber content of kale lowers our cholesterol by binding with bile acids that the liver produces from cholesterol for digesting fat.
Apples are good for your brain. They also help you to wake up in the morning. Research has shown that people who eat fruits and other high-fibre foods gain a certain amount of protection against Parkinson’s. Apples are considered a good source of immune system-boosting vitamin C. In 2004, French research found that a chemical in apples helped prevent colon cancer, WebMD reported. And in 2007, a study from Cornell University found additional compounds, called triterpenoids, which seem to fight against liver, colon, and breast cancers.
Ginger has been in use since ancient times for its anti-inflammatory, carminative, anti-flatulent, as well as anti-bacterial properties and anti-microbial properties.
Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts and most of it is in the form of oleic acid, the same heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil. Studies show that oleic acid promotes good cardiovascular health by helping to reduce triglyceride levels. Cashews are rich in the mineral copper, converts tyrosine to melanin, which is the pigment that gives hair and skin its color. Cashews are particularly rich in magnesium. It’s a well-known fact that calcium is necessary for strong bones, but magnesium is as well.
Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. The high levels of folate in avocado are protective against strokes and heart disease.
Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. Adding cucumbers to your routine is ideal for people who are looking for weight loss. Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins.
Mint acts as a cooling sensation to the skin and helps in dealing with skin irritations. It helps in eliminating toxins from the body, aids in digestion and is a very good cleanser for the blood.
A serving of Carrots will provide 400% of your daily vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E and K, and plenty of fiber, manganese and potassium and can help to prevent heart disease and cancer, as well as protecting your vision. Carotenoids inversely affect insulin resistance and thus lower blood sugar.
In a 1-ounce serving of Hemp seeds, you’ll get about 14 grams of protein. According to a research study published in the journal “Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry,” hemp seeds are a complete protein, meaning they contain every essential amino acid.
Bananas are rich in vitamin B6 and are a good source of fibre, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. Vitamin B6 helps prevent irritability and insomnia. Potassium helps regulate blood pressure and can also reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. Potassium also prevents the bloods pH from becoming too acidic.
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