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Frozen Blueberry Banana Green Smoothie

Frozen blueberry banana green smoothie

For those who follow this blog regularly, I apologize that I have been lax in posting recipes over the last couple weeks. My normal diet includes a lot of raw food. I was preparing healthy meals for my family during my visit, but many of them were cooked meals to make them more comforting and satisfying to them. After I returned home, I was just feeling that my body needed a rest.

As we are almost 5 months into the year and I have not done any kind of fasting since the first of the year (I did a 4 day water fast), I decided now would be a good time to give my body that rest. I have been making a lot of green juices and smoothies. I find that getting the extra nutrients from juicing and giving my digestive tract a rest while not stressing about what I’m going to make for dinner really helps me to clear my head and improves my energy levels. I like to do it 3-4 times a year. 

This next series of posts will contain some of the smoothie and juice recipes that I have been making for myself. This is one that I made for breakfast the other day – a blueberry banana green smoothie. I keep my bananas in the freezer (so I never have to worry about them getting past the perfect point of ripeness for my smoothies), and because it is so hard to find organic blueberries fresh in my area, I also purchase frozen organic wild blueberries. Frozen fruit gives the smoothie a really nice texture, and you can pretend it’s dessert for breakfast! =D

frozen banana blueberry green smoothie

Here are some of the benefits of the ingredients that are blended into this smoothie (which will feed two people or one person who will have two servings during the day – me!):

  • Bananas are a great source of potassium and inulin fiber, which feeds your gut flora. I’m a big fan of anything that encourages healthy gut flora, as healing mine has done so many wonders for my health. I have not been sick in a very long time, my digestion is better, and even some of my feed allergies have improved!
  • Bananas are also a natural source of tryptophan, which your body converts into serotonin. It makes you happy and helps you sleep better. 
  • Bananas are a good source of B6, which helps your body to create white blood cells. They are good for your immune system!
  • Bananas help to stabilize blood sugar.
  • Bananas are high in potassium and low in sodium, so they help to reduce blood pressure (if yours is high, but if yours is low, you will want to focus more on sodium rich foods like celery instead).
  • Blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels of any fruit. They help to prevent cancer and protect the eyes. They are especially good for the nervous system and the brain. 
  • Blueberries are low on the glycemic index, though with a whole foods plant based diet, I don’t really worry about the glycemic index anymore. 
  • Blueberries contain resveratrol, the same polyphenol that red wine is touted for having. Guess what? You can get plenty from blueberries, so put down that booze!
  • Like all leafy greens, spinach is an excellent source of plant protein.
  • Spinach is also a great source of potassium – providing more than bananas (per cup of each food)!
  • Spinach is one of the best dietary sources of magnesium, which helps to relax you – both your muscles and your nervous system. If you have asthma, it helps to relax the bronchial muscles, too.
  • Spinach is rich in iron. Goodbye, anemia!
  • Spinach is also high in potassium, and helps to reduce blood pressure. 
  • I tossed in a few bonus add-ins also: hemp seed, chia seed, and flax seed oil. The hemp seed is a complete plant protein with all of the essential amino acids, but it is still higher in omega-6 than omega-3, so I added some chia seed and flax seed oil, both of which are higher in omega-3 to help offset it.

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Frozen Blueberry Banana Green Smoothie
Serves 2
This blueberry banana green smoothie is a delicious and nutritious frozen treat, full of phytonutrients that prevent cancer, anemia, and iron deficiencies!
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2-3 cups of water
  2. 3 large handfuls of spinach
  3. 2 frozen bananas
  4. 1 cup frozen organic wild blueberries (they have the most flavor, in my opinion!)
  5. 2 TB hemp seed (optional)
  6. 2 TB chia seed (optional)
  7. 2 TB flaxseed oil (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to blender until well combined. Water content can vary based on how thick or thin you would like the texture of the smoothie to be.
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Tropical Super Green Smoothie

Tropical super green smoothie with pineapple, banana, kiwi, coconut water, and hemp seed

What is a “super green smoothie”? It’s a super charged green smoothie with a stronger taste of the greens either from using more of them or using more potent bitter greens. I enjoy making these about once a week to get an extra boost of nutrition. 

Some of the most nutritional greens are those that grow in the wild. People look at me funny when I tell them that I like dandelion greens in my smoothies. Thankfully, others realize the health value of these wild edibles and have begun to cultivate them instead of spraying them to kill them or yanking them out of lawns. 

Dandelion greens are not only good for you, they are good for the earth. The leaves are a good source of beta carotene and the roots are good to cleans and strengthen the liver. They also put nitrogen back into the soil! Our soil and crops would be so much healthier if we practiced crop rotation with dandelions. 🙂

The other ingredients in this smoothie are not nutritional slouchers either. I added tropical flavors to help tone down the bitterness of the dandelion greens, but they can stand on their own as well.

  • Bananas are an excellent source of potassium and inulin fiber. Inulin is a great prebiotic and feeds the bacteria in your intestinal tract. Eat your bananas!
  • Pineapple and kiwi are both great sources of vitamin C, which will keep your immune system strong. Humans cannot synthesize their own vitamin C as other animals can, and must consume it from plant-based foods. Pineapple also contains an enzyme called bromelain, which aids digestion. Anecdotally, I also find it to be good for my lungs.
  • Coconut water is a good source of electrolytes.
  • Hemp seed is a good source of plant-based protein, good fats, and magnesium. It contains all 10 essential amino acids, omega fatty acids 3 and 6, and gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Source: http://manitobaharvest.com/hemp_nutrition.html

Given the balance of protein, fat, and electrolytes in this smoothie, it would be great as a companion to your plant-fueled workout!

Tropical Super Green Smoothie
Serves 3
This is a nutritious super green smoothie that will assist cleansing and strengthening your liver, supporting your lungs, and providing protein, fat, and sustained energy and electrolytes throughout the morning or after a workout. It's also high in vitamin C! It makes 3 servings, which means my husband gets 1, and I get 2. 😉
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 c coconut water water
  2. 3 handfuls dandelion greens
  3. 4 kiwi fruits
  4. 1 banana
  5. 2 c. chopped pineapple
  6. 1/2 c hemp seed
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix).
  2. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Dandelion greens have a strong bitter flavor. This is a "super green" smoothie because the ratio and flavor of greens is strong than someone who is new to green smoothies might enjoy. If you are "an old pro", this one is for you!
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Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Green Smoothie for Beginners

Green Smoothie with peanut butter, banana, and chocolate protein powder. Perfect for people who don't like greens.

I’ve been regularly drinking green smoothies for about 4 years now, and I have never felt better or healthier in my entire life. I had such dramatic benefits from them (such as completely reversing thyroid disease to the point of getting off my medication) that my husband started drinking them too! =D

He makes them himself and he does a great job of rotating his greens. He seems to have more energy when he drinks them on a regular basis. We both make a habit of drinking our green smoothies in the morning for breakfast. Most of my green smoothies consist of greens and fruit, and I find that fills me up adequately, but my husband likes to add some additional fat to his so that he feels fuller for a longer period of time.

His most frequent combination involves adding bananas and peanut butter to his smoothies, but sometimes we also add a good quality vegan nutritional supplement in there too. I really like the one made by Vega One because I can also slip him some probiotics, extra greens, and plant-based protein. 😉

I thought I’d share the recipe here for anyone that might be living with family members who are not vegan. This green smoothie goes down nice and easy for them and they don’t even have to know there are greens in it!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Smoothie for Beginners
Serves 2
A protein-rich green smoothie that goes down easy for the chocolate lover or omnivore who might be afraid of a "green smoothie". 😉
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 c water
  2. 2 handfuls romaine (or other green of choice)
  3. 2 bananas
  4. 2 tb peanut butter (make sure it is all-natural with no sugars added)
  5. 2 scoops chocolate protein powder (I like Vega One Shake - Chocolate)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredient to a high speed blender (such as a Vitamix) and blend until smooth.
Notes
  1. Add ice for an instant chilled or frosty beverage.
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