Green Ginger Kick Smoothie

Start your day with a green ginger kick. I love to start my day with a smoothie that is packed with nutrition, healthy fats, protein and immune boosting foods. Take a look at the health benefits in each of the following ingredients in this ‘Green Ginger Kick Smoothie’:

Ginger is loaded with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It may help with headaches and from personal experience it certainly can help with nausea. I used ginger when I was pregnant for nausea, and my kids diffuse ginger oil when feeling nauseous and feel much better for it. 

Lemon is packed with vitamin C and as they are high in antioxidants, your immune system gets a lovely boost. Lemons aid in digestion and detoxification, benefit your skin, boost energy and mood and provides potassium, magnesium and copper. Apparently 1 lemon provides 187% of the daily recommended serving of vitamin C. 

Adding lemon to your water or a hot cup of water is another way to add health to your routine. Add it fresh or add a drop of Young Living’s Lemon Vitality oil. If you don’t have Young Living’s Lemon culinary essential oil, call my mum. She will hook you up. That’s how I do it. Mum’s are great! Call MUM …

Baby Spinach is known as the vitamin K powerhouse. You get many more different types of antioxidants in spinach and 60g of spinach present in this recipe will provide you with: 

  • 10% of your daily iron recommended servings 
  • 12% of your daily magnesium recommended servings
  • 26% of your daily manganese recommended servings
  • 28% of your daily vitamin C recommended servings
  • 30% of your daily folate recommended servings
  • 112% of your daily vitamin A recommended servings
  • 362% of your daily vitamin k recommended servings
  • 1.4g fibre
  • 1.8g protein
  • 2.2 g carbs
  • 57.7 kilojoules

Bananas added to this smoothie also add even more vitamin C to the morning immune boost, along with fibre, vitamin B6 and potassium. The humble banana is great for that energy boost. Keep the other half for the following days smoothie.

‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’, the saying goes. Apples are another fruit that have great antioxidant abilities and can lower your cholesterol. Apples improve digestion, are a great source of pectin, improve inflammation, aid in heart health and include plenty of other nutrition boosting minerals and vitamins.

Avocados are a great source of heart-health fats. I’m a big fan of avocados; however, not everyone loves avocados. I promise you though, in this smoothie you can’t tell there’s an avocado in there.  Adding an avocado helps this smoothie to have a lovely smooth texture whilst giving the added benefits of vitamin c, folate, fiber, vitamin k, potassium and other minerals.

Cucumber is another good source of cancer fighting antioxidants. They also help detoxify the body, improve digestion, help improve heart health, help prevent or treat headaches, support strong bones and help alkaline the blood. I love adding cucumber to my morning smoothies. It’s an easy to grow plant for a suburban back yard. I know because I’m winning on this front. Just pick a variety that you love to eat. We are growing Lebanese cucumbers at the moment and really enjoying them in smoothies, in salads and just simply as a very hydrating and filling snack.

Flax seeds! These little brown beauties are on Michael Greger’s list of daily foods to have so you ‘Don’t die!’ Flax seeds are known for improving digestion, balancing blood sugar levels, hydrating the skin, heart health, reducing inflammation, they are high in fibre, high in Omega 3 fats, high in antioxidants and help to reduce cholesterol. They have also been shown to have a pleasing impact on decreasing menopausal and hormonal symptoms. Got to love that! I have these little seeds in most of my morning breakfast meals.

Turmeric/Curcumin is known as a functional food and it has the ability to control inflammation, boost skin health and may prevent blood clots, improve arthritis, reduce depression and could prevent cancer. I have successfully used curcumin tablets for headaches alongside peppermint oil. Again, see mum for your supply of Peppermint Oil!! Call Mum …

I use an organic turmeric curcumin capsule that also includes some black pepper (this aids in absorption). And then there’s always a good curry laden with tumeric but we are talking about morning smoothies here. This is what I use, NatureWise Turmeric Curcumin.

Collagen Protein is found in our skin, bone, teeth, tendons, ligaments, organs, cartilages, muscle and blood vessels. Adding collagen to one’s diet has been found to aid in skin hydration, elasticity, wound healing, hair and nail health and osteoarthritis. Various research has shown that supplementing with collagen can improve joint flexibility and symptom relief for those suffering with arthritis and similar conditions. Certainly with any auto immune issues, eating foods that are anti inflammatory and support our body function has to assist in improving wellness. I still enjoy using NoWay’s unflavoured HCP Protein. You can order online here: 100% Noway HCP Protein

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Green Ginger Kick Smoothie

This is a gorgeous green gingery, paleo friendly smoothie.
Servings: 1

Equipment

  • food processor

Ingredients

  • 1 Apple sliced
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 60 g baby spinach
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2cm ginger sliced roughly
  • 1/2 lemon or lime
  • 1 tbsp flaxseeds
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides
  • 1 tsp tumeric (tumeric capsule)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup coconut milk or preferred milk

Instructions

  • Chop up your banana, apple, avocado, lemon and ginger.
  • Place all ingredients in the blender and process until smooth.
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Teresa

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