When I wrote about my love of natural foods last week, a few people asked me if I'd start writing up some of my smoothie recipes. Now, if you've read my blog, you'll know I am crazy about "inventing" new smoothies and healthy snacks.
As a kid, I was the best inventor ever and I could never understand why my mum and dad didn't immediately love such creations as the Banana Flake (a banana dipped in cornflakes) or the Choco Popo (popcorn covered in cacao powder). Nowadays, I like to think that my snacks and smoothies are appealing to a lot more palettes than my own, but who knows?
Here's one I call The Green Beautifier, because it's amazing for your skin. You will need the following:
1 cup of arugula
1 large banana or two small ones
1 cup of mango (frozen or fresh, doesn't matter -- but don't we all prefer fresh?)
1 teaspoon of spirulina
Mix it all together in a blender and add some nut milk or water until it reaches that creamy consistency.
This smoothie is packed with nutrients and antioxidants, which will make you healthy and beautiful! I know I sound like an infomercial from the 90s, but stay with me.
The mango is packed with fibres and iron. Iron is important for the regulation of cell growth and if you have a lack of iron, it limits oxygen delivery to cells, which makes you feel tired. Iron deficiency is more common amongst women so eat your mangoes and perk up!
Mango also contains loads of vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin, and since the body can’t produce this antioxidant on its own, it is important to get it through your food if you want to prevent premature aging. (I even know some people who rub the mango peel on their faces).
The arugula provides you with vegetable protein and loads of fibres. The more fibre we eat, the better we poop, and the better we poop, the more we clear out the waste products in our intestines which causes diseases, bloating and again, premature aging.
Arugula is also a source of vitamin K, a vitamin which provides you with anti-inflammatory properties and promotes blood clotting, something which is really important if you want to prevent heavy menstrual bleedings or nose bleeding. This little green leaf is also cancer fighting due to its high amounts of glucosinolates. Pow!
I could write a whole article on just spirulina alone, this freshwater plant that some scientists say can drastically lower your chances of developing cancer, heart disease and serious viruses, but let’s stick with the basics.
It smells like cat piss, but this wonderful deep green powder will give your body a major boost of several minerals, lipids and vitamins. Because it's quite powerful and you don't want to get an excessive dose of any of the vitamins or minerals, I suggest you don’t use more than a teaspoon.
Bananas are a good source of potassium, and even though it is a much-debated fruit in the raw food community (some people live on it, other see it as a mutant, way too hybridized from its natural state), I still occasionally eat these precious yellow fatty beans.
All in all, it’s a pretty powerful smoothie with a major health boost. And I promise: It tastes much better than the Banana Flake. Enjoy!