This simple and nutritious green smoothie adds a spicy twist to your average green smoothie. Although it has an interesting spicy twist, I guess it’s safe to say this recipe is not only about taste. This smoothie is made with real nutrients that come with many different health benefits … you know what I mean!
This smoothie turned out pretty interesting:
Smoothies are a great way to mix together different plants that come with many different types of nutrients: vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes or healthy fats. Let’s look closely at the ingredients used for this smoothie, their nutritional profile and the associated health benefits.
What makes this smoothie so wonderful?
I love this smoothie because it’s made with healthy fats like avocado and coconut oil. Healthy fats make your smoothie creamy but also provide healthy fuel for your whole body. Moving on, we have spinach, celery, fennel, ginger, cinnamon and all the other wonderful plants that make this smoothie a great source of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes and even some protein for the road.
Let’s break down all the ingredients used, briefly discussing their nutrient profile:
- Avocado – healthy fats, antioxidants (carotenoids), some fiber, vitamins (B5, B6, folate, K, C and E)
- Spinach – water-soluble vitamins, fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, and a wide variety of phytonutrients
- Extra virgin coconut oil – one of the best sources of healthy fats, naturally anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant
- Celery – great source of vitamins (especially vitamin K) and minerals, but also antioxidants (like vitamin C) or phytonutrients (flavonoids)
- Fennel – vitamins, minerals, and healthy fiber
- Bell Peppers – wide array of vitamins, some minerals, phytonutrients (mostly antioxidants)
- Apples – low carb fruit, comes with beneficial fiber and many different phytonutrients types
- Ginger – mostly potent phytonutrients and antioxidants, some vitamins and minerals
- Cinnamon – phytonutrients and antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
- Water – water is the essence of life, make sure to use clean water
Read more: How to Make the Best Green Smoothie
What about health benefits?
As you can see in the previous section, each of the ingredients we used are loaded with vitamins, minerals, healthy fats plus many different phytonutrients and enzymes. it would be virtually impossible to explain here all the health benefits or how they work together. Instead, I’ll try to give you a quick break-down of what I believe are the most important health benefits of drinking this smoothie.
Phytonutrients – help your immune system fight pretty much anything that’s bad, antioxidant properties help your body fight free-radicals, they enhance immunity, help repair DNA, help detoxify our body, etc.
Fiber – soluble and insoluble fiber, aids digestion and helps maintain healthy gut flora.
Healthy Fats – provide building blocks for cell membranes, hormones and hormone-like substances, aid mineral absorption, help with fat-soluble vitamin metabolism, are the optimal fuel for brain and heart, help lower cholesterol, increase satiety, help with better skin, sleep, recovery, energy levels, you name it.
Vitamins and Minerals – they help you to maintain a healthy mind and body, contributing to all of the above.
Enzymes – they help “process” the energy you get from food. While protein, carbohydrates, fat, and fiber are building blocks, they do not possess the energy necessary for biochemical reactions. Only enzymes can furnish this energy.
So, if you want to experience these health benefits or just test a new smoothie recipe, it’s time to get blending!
If you decide to try this recipe, let me know how it turned out. Leave a comment, share a picture and tag it #refreshmyhealth on Instagram so I can follow-up with you.
How often do you make smoothies? Share below and until next time … why not blend one smoothie a day!
Wild and Spicy Green Smoothie
- 1 avocado (skin and seed removed)
- 1 golden apple (no seeds please)
- 1 stick celery
- 200-250 g frozen spinach
- 2 tsp extra virgin coconut oil
- 1 small orange bell pepper
- 1 slice fennel (chopped)
- 1 tsp ginger powder (organic)
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder (organic)
- 250 ml water
- Add everything into the blender (including water) and mix well.
- If the texture looks a bit rough, consider adding more liquid and blend again for 10-20 seconds.
- That’s it! Enjoy it fresh or store it in the fridge for 2 days.
- Color: light green
- Taste: a bit spicy and green
- Texture: a bit rough, mine needed more water
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