I took the Banana Berry Smoothie recipe and kicked it up a nutritional powerhouse notch. I am completely in love with this smoothie recipe and feel that it packs a great punch. It’s my go-to breakfast these days and plan to continue to evolve it to increase health benefits. Of course I go organic, especially with the fruits and veg, to wholly optimize the health benefits. As I put it together I was thinking, OK why did I choose these ingredients? Mostly because I like the flavors, but also because of what they can do to support a healthy body:
- I like using the coconut water as the liquid base as it is superb hydration without added sugar of juice or digestive challenges that some dairy can produce. It also has essential electrolytes so it is like nature’s sports drink, only without the toxic coloring and overload of GMO sweeteners.
- As everyone knows, bananas are a great source of potassium but they can also protect against muscle cramps and improve mood (who couldn’t use that early in the morning?!).
- Raspberries are not only my hands down favorite fruit, but also are anti-oxidant powerhouses that are essential in fighting off cancer, aging, inflammation, and neuro-degenerative diseases.
- Blueberries are also anti-oxidant rich and have been shown to even improve memory. Also, it has been shown that freezing blueberries has little effect on the anti-oxidant level, so organic frozen blueberries are just as good as fresh – hooray!
- Spinach has long been considered a superfood and is a very nutrient-dense green. It is high in tons of vitamins and minerals and even contains flavanoids that protect against cancer. But spinach in a smoothie??? Trust me, you don’t even taste it. It’s a perfect green addition.
- Almond butter is added here to boost the protein level for longer satiety. It is also a great source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and Vitamin E. It helps regulate blood sugar, blood pressure, and lower cholesteral.
So what happens when you throw all of these superbly nutritious and delicious items into a blender? You get the Ultimate yozenity Smoothie. Enjoy!
Makes 1 20 oz Serving
- 1 handful spinach
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1/2 banana (I freeze mine)
- 1 cup raspberries (I use frozen)
- 1/2 cup blueberries (frozen)
- 2 cups coconut water
- Place all ingredients in blender in order. It is easier to blend the spinach and almond butter when they are on the bottom.
- Blend. I like to pulse a few times first and then blend on the highest setting, just to break down the frozen items a bit first. You may have to scrape down the sides once to fully incorporate everything.
- Serve. Enjoy!