This week has been so hectic! It’s that time of year where everyone gets sick, and with all my meetings, rushed photoshoots, and late nights writing, it’s a miracle I haven’t yet caught what seems to be going around. It’s essential to prioritize your health during these winter months. Smoothies are a delicious way to get the nutrients you need, because admit it: sometimes you’re just not in the mood to eat your vegetables.
I started using this recipe a couple months ago when I began feeling like I needed more energy. If you want to detox your diet, boost your energy, or fight a cold, this easy yummy green smoothie will be life!
1 cup packed spinach
1.5 cups coconut milk
2 tablespoons chopped avocado
1/2 cup frozen mango
4 ice cubes
Blend the coconut milk and spinach for 30 seconds to assure a velvety texture. Then add the remaining ingredients and puree until blended to desired consistency. Pour into a glass and serve with a straw.
Spinach: Remember Popeye? That little homie owes his entire career to this leafy green. Spinach is loaded with vitamin c that helps fight cold symptoms and reinforces the immune system. Studies have shown that consumption of green leafy vegetables such as spinach may slow the age-related decline in brain function. So, eat your greens and keep working those crossword puzzles to keep your brain young and agile.
Coconut milk: Coconut milk is a great base for smoothies, and unlike dairy, doesn’t cause you to bloat. Coconuts are highly nutritious and contain beneficial fat called lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that’s easily absorbed and used by the body for energy.
Avocado: Even though avocado sounds nasty in a smoothie, you don’t actually taste it! It also adds a silky smooth finishing touch. Avocados are loaded with heart healthy fats and play a vital role in maintaining a healthy brain. They can help you lose weight because they also contain oleic acid, a fat that activates the part of your brain that makes you feel full. Unsaturated fats found in avocados have been shown to produce a greater feeling of satiety than less-healthy saturated fats and trans fats found in processed foods. I hear an avocado a day keeps the doctor away, forever!
Banana: Bananas are a sweet source of energy and aid in sustaining your blood sugar. They can help overcome seasonal depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin- the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter. So basically if you can’t get high on life, eat a banana…
Mango: Mangoes fight bad cholesterol and are packed with vitamin C is a well-known immunity booster, as well as a powerful, fast-working antioxidant. They contain more than 100 percent of our daily recommended intake of vitamin C in just one cup. Recent studies show that when vitamin C is consumed during times of stress, it actually has the ability to decrease our blood pressure to a normal level, preventing the development of hypertension.
Don’t be cry babies (or barbies! lol) and try it… I promise you’ll love it! And if you don’t love it… Drink up anyway. Healthy is sexy! Instagram a picture of your easy yummy green smoothies and tag @prettyweirdbombshell to be featured!