This is an extremely hydrating and refreshing vegetable smoothie made from bottle gourd and raw mangoes that is perfect for weight loss and clear and healthy skin. Bottle gourd, also known as “Lauki” contains abundant amount of water along with antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin C that helps to flush out toxins and harmful chemicals from the system and protect the body cells against damaging free radicals.
Raw mangoes used in this smoothie not only provide a tangy taste and refreshing flavour to the smoothie, but also supply abundant amount of vitamin C, dietary fiber and minerals that helps to improve skin health, relieve digestive disorders and prevent dehydration.
Bottle gourd is an extremely nutritious low calorie vegetable that contains high level of water, vitamin C, zinc and dietary fiber. High water and fiber content in bottle gourd helps to improve satiety and prevent dehydration. Fiber and water also helps to remove toxins from the colon and detoxify the system. Vitamin C present in bottle gourd acts as a powerful antioxidant that prevents cell damage by free radicals and stops the oxidation of DNA.
It also helps to maintain blood cholesterol levels, improve brain function and boost collagen production in the skin. Mineral zinc present in bottle gourd helps to maintain healthy cell membranes and support proper cell function. Bottle gourd smoothie can also help to regulate blood sugar levels after a meal and prevent blood sugar spikes.
Raw mangoes are even healthier than ripe mangoes because they are extremely low in calories and loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants. Soluble fiber called pectin present in raw mangoes absorbs water in the intestine and forms a gel-like structure that slows down digestion and improves satiety.
Pectin also helps to treat gastro-intestinal disorders such as diarrhea, constipation, chronic dyspepsia, etc. The acids present in raw mangoes boost bile secretion that helps to improve liver functions and prevent liver disorders. B-complex vitamins present in mangoes support energy production in the body.
Coriander is an extremely popular herb that is loaded with antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin K. Vitamin A present in coriander leaves helps to maintain kidney and lung function and supports healthy skin, hair and heart. Vitamin A also protects the eyes against free radical damage and reduces the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Vitamin K present in coriander helps to strengthen the bones by supporting bone mineralization. Vitamin K also plays an important role in proper blood clotting. Antioxidants polyphenols present in coriander protects the livers cells from toxins and maintain liver function.
Ginger is one of the healthiest of spices that has numerous health benefits. The volatile oils and active compounds gingerols present in ginger helps to relieve stomach discomfort such as cramps, gas, bloating and indigestion and alleviate nausea and vomiting. Potent anti-inflammatory properties of ginger help to relieve pain and swelling associated with inflammatory conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Here is the recipe…
- Bottle Gourd – 1 cup
- Raw mango – 2 tablespoons
- Coriander Leaves – 2 tablespoons
- Ginger – ¼ teaspoon
- Salt – ¼ teaspoon
- Water – 150 ML
- Chop bottle gourd, raw mango and coriander leaves and toss them in the blender.
- Then add ginger pieces, salt and water to the blender.
- Blend them well on high speed until smooth and transfer the smoothie into your serving glass.
- Drink this smoothie regularly to get rid of excess weight and obesity.
This is an extremely healthy and nutritious low calorie smoothie that is especially effective for weight loss. It is a 100% vegan and gluten-free smoothie made using fresh whole ingredients which makes it suitable for people with restrictive diets.