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My Ultimate Green Smoothie Goodness

It’s a great way to fill you up, get extra vitamins, antioxidants, protein and nutrients. This is my go to goodness drink everyday! 

Green Smoothie Goodness

Ingredients

300gms washed spinach

1 shot of chia seeds

1 frozen banana

1 cup soy milk

1 tsp maple syrup 

Method 

Place all ingredients into a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend until creamy and smooth. 

Green smoothie soy milk almond banana chia seeds

I love mixing it up and place berries, maca powder, other nuts, vanilla essence, sometimes I just add water and other natural sweetness eg: dates. Have a play around next time you make this  to see what flavours you enjoy! 

Here are some of the health benefits of my green smoothie today.  

SpinachIt's low in calories, but high in fiber, folate, calcium, and vitamins A, C, and K. It's also rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants and plant compounds. It's a great source of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are antioxidants that protect the eyes from damaging UV light and promote overall eye health.

Fabulous for skin as it contains antioxidants that fight against all types of skin problems. It aalso has a wonderful source of iron, folate, chlorophyll, Vitamin E, magnesium, fiber, plant protein, and Vitamin C. Due to their antioxidant abilities, Vitamins, E, and A are especially great for your skin

Almonds - contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium and vitamin E. The health benefits of almonds include lower blood sugar levels, reduced blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. They can also reduce hunger and promote weight loss.

Soy Milk - is a great source of protein. It helps to support the growth and repair of your body’s cells. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and while your body can make some of them, there are nine amino acids that need to come from your diet. Soy protein contains all of the nine essential amino acids and is therefore called a high quality protein.

Soy relieves the symptoms of menopause. For women in Asian countries who regularly eat soy as part of their traditional diets, hot flushes are rare.  A review of studies in this area has shown that the isoflavones in soy can help to reduce the frequency and severity of hot flushes by more than 20%. In fact, soy beans and tofu are recommended by the North American Menopause Society to help reduce menopausal symptoms.

Chia Seeds - are the highest combined plant source of omega 3, fibre and protein, and are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Chia offers essential nutrition often missing in modern diets.

Adding a tablespoon (15g) of chia to your diet each day provides 3g of omega 3, 6g of dietary fibre and 3g of complete protein.

Chia is rich in omega 3, an essential fatty acid derived from plant sources. Heart Foundations around the world recommend an intake of at least 2g of omega 3 every day.

Chia contains the perfect ratio of both soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre forms a gel in water, while insoluble fibre remains close to its original form throughout the digestive path. Both types of fibre are vital for healthy digestion.

Chia contains eight essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Complete proteins from plant sources are very rare, making chia a fantastic source of nutrition for vegan and vegetarian diets.

Chia is one of the highest known sources of antioxidants, which are vital in the maintenance of healthy cells. Antioxidants combat the oxidation process caused by sun exposure or pollution, carrying free radicals out of the body.

Bananasare packed with natural carbohydrates, vitamin B6 and potassium – a balanced blend of goodness that makes them ideal for restoring tired muscles and boosting bored brains. They’re also great for tuning up your nervous system by providing 15% of your daily B6 needs for nerve function. They, quite literally, make your body sing. It’s why you’ll often find elite athletes munching on a banana before, during, and after exercise.

Maple syrup - is a decent source of antioxidants. One study found 24 different antioxidants in maple syrup (7).

Researchers say they have found special anti-inflammatory properties inside maple syrup, and this finding could lead to the creation of powerful new medicines for serious diseases, like cancer. Maple syrup naturally contains abundant micronutrients, which are referred to as polyphenols.

Let me know how you go with your smoothies this week especially during our Dani Detox December challenge. You are going to feel amazing!!!!

Happy Sunday!

xxDani

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