- Bananas are sweet, creamy, aid digestion, and are high in potassium whilst low in salt.
- Chia seeds have a subtle nutty flavour, are a great source of omega-3 fats, stabilise blood sugar, and lower cholesterol levels.
- Oats thicken the smoothie, have a high satiety index (feeling of fullness), and contain lignans, which protect against heart disease and cancer.
- Peanut butter tastes great and is a wonderful source of protein, magnesium and Vitamin E. It also adds to the creaminess of the drink.
- Hemp seeds contain gamma linolenic acid which is an especially beneficial type of omega-6 fat that is a vital building block of anti-inflammatory hormones. Not to mention it's rich in phosphorus, calcium, zinc and iron.
- Vanilla is pleasantly aromatic and makes everything taste better. Moreover, it contains B-complex groups that help in regulating your metabolism.
- Cacao contributes to the chocolatey flavour and has polyphenols that may very well decrease your likelihood of suffering from a stroke or heart attack.
- Kale. Oh Kale. What to mention...what to mention? Kale has zero fat, is low in calories, high in fibre, iron, powerful antioxidants, Vitamins A, C, K, and calcium. It's a great anti-inflammatory food which luckily also offers cardiovascular support.
If you don't have a strong blender such as Vitamix or Blendtec, I suggest you process half the greens and all of the water on their own first, and then add in the rest of the ingredients. Also, if you'd like your smoothie to be cold, you can substitute half of the water with ice-cubes (again, only if your machine is up for it). In the unbearable summer months I only use a couple of tablespoons of water in my smoothies - just enough to get things rolling - then as much ice as I can pack in without my smoothie resulting in a couple scoops of ice-cream.
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GREEN BOOST PEANUT SMOOTHIE
servings: 2 big glasses
preparation: 5-10 minutes
(including washing the greens and all!)
EQUIPMENT & INGREDIENTS
blender / powerful food processor
1 tsp agave / raw cane sugar, or more, depending on your preferences (for a sweeter version)*
raw cacao nibs (as a topping)
dessicated coconut (as a topping)
(If you want it to be cold, substitute some of the water for ice-cubes or even freeze the banana overnight, before you use it - make sure you chop it into smaller pieces before you put it in the freezer.)
* You can always add sweeteners after the smoothie is ready. That way you'll know for sure how much is needed to adjust the taste.