With summer in full-swing, we’re trying everything we can to keep cool. Our favorite way? With an ice-cold smoothie (obviously). For this week’s #SmoothieSunday, we’re taste testing an antioxidant packed spinach and banana smoothie courtesy of Jess.
Read on to learn how to make it yourself, and find out how these ingredients work together to pack a healthful punch:
Jess’ Spinach + Banana Smoothie:
🥛 1 cup almond milk
🍃 Handful of spinach
🍌 1/2 banana
🥜 1-2 scoops almond butter
🌰 Sprinkle of chia seeds
🥄 Dash of cinnamon
🍫 Top with cacao nibs
Spinach, cacao, and chia all provide a little something extra to this tasty treat.
We all know the health benefits of spinach are nearly countless. We’ll list a few, anyway. Spinach is a great source of Vitamin K, which helps your bones retain the calcium they need to stay strong. A few of the minerals found in spinach have the same effect: manganese, copper, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus can all be found in this leafy green, and they can all aid in bone mineralization, which helps to prevent osteoporosis. Spinach also contains CoQ10, a powerful antioxidant that improves heart health and works to prevent disease.
Chia seeds contain Omega-3 fatty acids that help raise HDL, the “good” cholesterol that helps protect against heart attacks and strokes. Chia seeds also provide fiber and iron, vital ingredients required to keep things running in (and out of) the body smoothly.
Our favorite part of this smoothie: the cacao nibs on top. Incorporating raw cacao adds a touch of sweetness to this recipe, but this tasty topper may have more benefits than you realize. Raw cacao is one of the most antioxidant-rich foods, containing 40 times the amount that is found in blueberries. It also contains phytonutrients, which help keep your blood healthy, and loads of iron.
If you try Jess’ recipe, let her know what you think! Take class with Jess at Fhitting Room.