This is an incredibly delicious fruit and vegetable smoothie that contains the goodness of cantaloupes, apples, and spinach. All three fruits and vegetables used in this smoothie are rich in dietary fiber (soluble and insoluble fiber) that makes it a perfect recipe for weight loss.
It is low in calories but extremely filling which helps to keep you satiated till the next meal. This smoothie can be consumed as a breakfast or lunch replacement to cut out some excess calories. High water and fiber content in this smoothie also help to detox the body and provide clear and healthy skin.
Cantaloupes are a juicy and hydrating summer fruit with a refreshing flavor that makes a perfect base for any smoothie. High levels of antioxidants and beta-carotene present in cantaloupes help to prevent certain types of cancer and slow down age-related macular degeneration. Beta-carotene also reduces the risk of developing asthma.
Fiber, potassium and vitamin C present in cantaloupes help to maintain healthy heat by lowering high blood pressure. It also helps to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack. Both fiber and water present in cantaloupe adds bulk to stool and helps to prevent constipation and promoting regularity. Nutrient choline present in cantaloupe reduces chronic inflammation and aids the body to maintain normal functions such as sleep, muscle movement, memory, etc.
Apples are one of the best sources of soluble fiber (1 medium sized apple contains 5 grams of soluble fiber) that helps to treat intestinal disorders such as diverticulitis and hemorrhoids and reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. A specific type of soluble fiber called pectin found in apples forms a gel-like structure in the intestine and slows down digestion which leads to a slow release of sugar in the bloodstream which in turn helps to control insulin levels in the body.
Pectin also lowers cholesterol level in the blood and aids complete detox by removing healthy metals and toxins from the system. The antioxidant compounds present in apples helps to protect the brain cells against oxidative stress-induced neurotoxicity which in turn reduces the risk of neurodegenerative disorders. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory mechanisms of apples also help to reduce the risk of cancer, specifically skin, colon and breast cancer.
Spinach is a storehouse of nutrients and antioxidants that make it one of the healthiest of leafy greens. It is a potent source of iron, protein, potassium, zinc, calcium, manganese, magnesium, folate, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, chlorophyll, etc. Spinach contains high levels of beta-carotene, Lutein and xanthene that helps to protect and improve eyesight and prevent age-related macular degeneration, eye ulcers and dry eyes.
Nutrients potassium and folate present in spinach also with various antioxidants have the capacity to protect brain health and reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. High potassium content in spinach balances the level of sodium and potassium in the body and helps to lower high blood pressure. Spinach is a good source of vitamin K, an essential nutrient for maintaining healthy bones. It helps to retain calcium in the bone matrix which aids bone mineralization.
Here is the recipe…
- Spinach – 1 cup
- Cantaloupe chunks – 2 cups
- Apple – 1
- Water – 1/2 cup
- Pour chopped spinach and cantaloupe pieces in the blender.
- Cut an apple into pieces and toss them in the blender along with water.
- Blend all these ingredients at high speed until smooth.
- Enjoy this healthy smoothie to shed down your excess weight and to stay fit and healthy.
This is a completely vegan and gluten-free smoothie free from milk, yogurt and other dairy products, so it’s suitable for people with gluten and lactose intolerance. The consistency or thickness of the smoothie can be adjusted as per your choice by adding water.