Summer is a time for outdoor activities, fresh grown foods, and lots of sunshine. Take advantage of readily available and locally grown fruits and vegetables during this time. Adding these into a power smoothie will not only help you get all the nutrients you need, but will also keep your energy up during those long, hot summer days. Try out this smoothie recipe and check out all of the benefits that come along with each ingredient. Enjoy!
- 1 banana
- 1 cup blueberries or raspberries (or any fruit you like)
- ½ cup kale
- ½ cup plain, Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon turmeric
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed
- 1 tablespoon chia seed
- 1 splash of coconut or almond milk
- 1 serving of protein powder (flavor of your choice)
***Add water, additional coconut milk, or ice as needed for consistency***
Benefits of Ingredients:
Bananas: Rich in fiber and antioxidants, also provide excellent fuel for endurance exercise.
Blueberries: High in fiber, support digestion, sometimes called the king of antioxidant foods.
Kale: High in iron, vitamins, antioxidants, and a natural detoxifier.
Greek yogurt: Packed with calcium and probiotics to help keep you regular and boost your immune system, also a great protein source. My favorite Greek Yogurt.
Honey: Nature’s sweetener!!! Delivers a fast boost of energy to your body. If your honey is local, it can also help fend off allergies. ***Tip: Make sure your honey is pure and raw.***
Turmeric: A potent anti-inflammatory, meaning it reduces inflammation in your entire body which can otherwise lead to disease and health complications. Also helps you heal faster and brings more nourishment and extra immune activity to the site of an infection or injury. See Emily’s past post about turmeric's benefits for people with diabetes.
Flaxseed: Provides Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects, also improves skin and hair health.
Chia seed: A great source of plant protein to keep your muscles happy and healthy, high in fiber, and also rich in antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids.
You don’t have to follow this recipe exactly! Enjoy and make your own creations! Try out different ingredients and combinations for a variety of taste and color!
Note: Please consult your provider for medical advice.