Green juice is usually my go to in the morning for much needed nutrients to start the day. As I mentioned in this post, I do not mess around with my green juice by adding fruit just to make it tastier. Instead, when I am in the mood for something sweet in the morning and don’t have time to bake something, I opt for a green smoothie. The beautiful thing about making a smoothie is that I am not only getting the fiber from the fruits, but I am also able to add some excellent superfoods to really pack a nutritional punch.
Today I was feeling a tropical theme which was inspired by the fresh pineapple and banana I had laying around just begging to be used before their expiration. Pineapple is a great addition to this smoothie because contains an enzyme called bromelain which has been shown to prevent and fight cancer. Banana is a go to for me in smoothies because it does a good job masking the “green” flavor and it also adds a nice creaminess.
While I strive to use fresh ingredients as much as possible, I do always use at least one frozen component because I like the iciness it adds to my smoothie. In this case, I added frozen mango to continue the tropical theme. Mango has recently been shown to have inflammation and cancer fighting properties. Lots of research shows that inflammation one of the big causes disease in the body in the first place.
For the green in this smoothie, I opted for a big handful of spinach. Spinach is great for smoothies because of its mild taste and breaks down really well in the blender. Studies have shown that women who consume spinach reduce their breast cancer risk significantly. Spinach is also a great source of Vitamin K which helps reduce bone loss and prevents osteoporosis.
I added a little pomegranate juice to this smoothie to add some sour with all of the sweet fruits I used. Pomegranates have been shown to slow breast cancer cell growth and invasion and promote cancer cell death.
These next ingredients are ones that I use in every smoothie I make because of their tremendous health benefits. None of them really change the flavor but the smoothie is a great vehicle for being able to include these into my diet.
-Flax Seeds and chia seeds are a great source of plant lignans. Lignans are anti-cancer chemical compounds which are classified as phytoestrogens and have been studied to help reduce the risk of hormone related cancers. These seeds are both excellent sources of Omega 3 as well. Some studies have even shown flaxseed to perform similar to the drug Tamoxifen, which is prescribed for hormone positive cancers. Since I have decided against taking this medicine, flax is a necessary addition to my diet and I try to include it any way I can.
-Apricot Seeds are high in Vitamin B17 which targets and kills cancer cells and helps to build the immune system to prevent recurrence. These seeds are very bitter and I find them difficult to eat outright.
– Maca Root powder is another phytoestrogen and there have been studies that it helps regulate the estrogen in the body.
-Matcha Powder is shade grown green tea leaves ground into fine powder. Matcha has significant anti- cancer properties and is a powerful antioxidant.
Both maca and matcha seem to add a little pep in my step as well. I sense a quality yoga session and a nice snowy walk with the dog in my future today thanks to these babies.
This smoothie really hit the spot for me. I sat back and day dreamed I was sipping a frozen fruity drink on the beach despite the fact there is nothing but snow in sight and the temps are freezing here. I made enough to have two of them and think I will have another one this evening. While juice can be saved for 48 hours, smoothies are usually best consumed right away.
Here’s to good health!
- 1 banana, peeled
- ½ cup pineapple, chopped
- ¼ frozen mango
- 1 handful of spinach
- ½ cup pomegranate juice
- 2 TBS flax seeds
- 1 TBS maca root powder
- ½ TBS chia seeds
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- water, as needed
- Add all ingredients to blender and blend until desired thickness.