Mango, spinach, chia seeds, yogurt, and almond milk, when combined, provide you with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber in levels you simply can’t achieve without a powerhouse of a superfood smoothie.
One cup of ripe mango provides 100% of your daily vitamin C requirements that promotes healthy immune function and supports collagen formation. It also provides 35% of your daily vitamin A requirement that improves vision, supports bone growth and helps to maintain healthy mucus membranes. Other than vitamins and minerals, mangoes are also a potent source of flavonoids – beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin which provide powerful antioxidant support to the body. Mangoes are a great source of dietary fiber which helps you to feel full longer and wards off craving which in turn aids weight loss. The sweet taste of mango curbs sugar cravings which also help to lose weight.
Spinach is one of the most widely available leafy greens that can be eaten raw or cooked. This leafy green vegetable is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and protein – zinc, niacin, vitamins A, C, E, K, thiamine, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, fiber, etc. It also contains an abundant amount of flavonoids that act as powerful antioxidants and prevent cholesterol from oxidizing. Folate helps to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and magnesium helps to reduce blood pressure.
Chia seeds added to this preparation not only thicken the consistency of the smoothie but also aids in weight loss. Chia seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, specifically alpha-linolenic acid that reduces inflammation and improves cognitive performance. Chia is also a great source of fiber, just 2 tablespoons of chia contain 10 grams of fiber that helps to keep you satiated for longer and prevents cravings. Chia is also one of the best plant-based sources of protein that helps to build lean muscle mass, burn fat and balance blood sugar levels.
Almond milk is popular plant milk and a great substitute for dairy that is loaded with protein, healthy fats, vitamin E, thiamine, riboflavin, and magnesium.
Yogurt is yet another potent source of protein. A 6-ounce serving of yogurt provides 9 grams of protein which helps in building lean muscle mass and promoting weight loss. It also contains high levels of calcium, vitamin B2, vitamin B12, potassium, and magnesium. Yogurt is also a rich source of probiotics (gut-friendly bacteria) that supports digestion and boosts the immune system.
Honey not only works as a natural sweetener but also provides energy to the body. It contains trace enzymes, vitamins, amino acids and minerals such as calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium that fights off allergies, boosts memory, and suppresses a cough and induces peaceful sleep.
Here is the recipe…
- Spinach (Chopped) – 1 cup
- Mango chunks – 1 ½ cups
- Chia Seeds – 1 tablespoon
- Honey – 2 tablespoons
- Yogurt – 1/2 cup
- Almond milk – 1 cup
- Toss chopped spinach, ripe mango pieces into the blender.
- Then add almond milk, yogurt, chia seeds and honey into the blender.
- Blend all these ingredients on high speed until smooth.
- Pour this smoothie into a glass and consume it to cut down your excess fat and weight.
You can enjoy this smoothie for breakfast or lunch to get an instant boost of protein and energy and promote weight loss. This fresh leafy greens present in this smoothie also make it a great detox drink that flushes out toxins from the body, purifies the blood and gives you clean and glowing skin naturally.