This is a refreshing and tangy smoothie that contains the goodness of grapes and oranges. Both grapes and oranges are loaded with antioxidants and fiber (soluble fiber) that helps to reduce chronic inflammation, improve digestion, aid weight loss and lower cholesterol levels in the blood. This is a filling and satiating smoothie extremely low in calories which makes it a healthy option for breakfast or lunch. The inclusion of spinach in this recipe makes it a well-rounded smoothie that also provides a wholesome amount of vitamins and minerals to the body and helps to make up for any nutritional deficiencies.
Grapes (red, black and green) are one of the healthiest of fruits that have an impressive nutritional profile. Grapes are loaded with vitamin K, manganese and a polyphenol called resveratrol. Most of the health benefits of grapes can be attributed to this particular polyphenol. It has the ability to provide protection against prostate and colon cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and degenerative conditions of the nerves. Anthocyanins, yet another antioxidant found in grapes have potent anti-cancer, anti-allergic and antimicrobial properties. Minerals such as manganese, copper, etc. found in grapes protect the heart by preventing plaque build up in the arteries.
Oranges are loaded with phytochemicals and flavonoids that have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. The phytochemicals and antioxidants also known as limoniods have the capacity to fight various types of cancer such as lung cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer and skin cancer. High level of potassium in oranges helps to maintain heart function, lower high blood pressure and maintain normal heart rhythm. Abundance of vitamin C in oranges helps to protect the cells against free radical damage and reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. High level of soluble fiber found in oranges lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood. Fiber also helps to enhance the feeling of fullness and reduce hunger and unhealthy snacking between meals which aids in weight loss. The alkaline minerals present in oranges help to restore the pH balance in the body and maintain it at a healthy alkaline state.
Spinach is undoubtedly a superfood that is chock full of nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin K, manganese, iron, folate, magnesium, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, vitamin C and it is extremely low in calories. Spinach also contains high level of insoluble fiber that also benefits the health in several ways. The antioxidants present in spinach fight off oxidative stress and reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Carotenoids zeaxanthin and lutein present in spinach promotes eyes health and prevents macular degeneration and cataracts. Abundance of nitrates present in spinach help to moderate blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Here is the recipe…
- Spinach (chopped) – 1 cup
- Grapes – 1 ½ cups
- Orange – 1
- Milk/Water – ½ cup
- Pour spinach and oranges slices in the blender.
- Then toss grapes and milk in the blender and blend them well on high speed until smooth.
- Enjoy this tasty green smoothie to cut down your excess calories and over weight.
- Regular intake of this smoothie will make you stay fit and healthy.
This is a 100% vegan and gluten-free smoothie recipe that does not contain any dairy products, so it’s suitable for people with gluten and lactose sensitivity. This smoothie is also suitable for diabetics because it does not contain any natural or artificial sweeteners.