This is a nourishing and delicious green smoothie made from papaya, spinach, pineapples, cucumber and banana that provide a wholesome amount of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber and antioxidant to the smoothie. Being loaded with dietary fiber, this smoothie is extremely filling which helps to keep you satiated and helps to keep your calories under check which in turn aids weight loss. The antioxidants also support healthy and glowing skin by reducing inflammation and free radical damage and slowing down skin ageing. Milk used in this recipe adds some much needed protein and a mellow sweetness.
Papaya is an antioxidant rich fruit loaded with carotenoids and vitamin C that reduce inflammation, improve skin health and neutralize free radical damage. Carotenoids known as beta-cryptoxanthin present in papaya have the capacity to prevent lung cancer. Vitamin D present in papaya supports healthy immune system function and reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. Folate present in papaya supports the growth of new cells and metabolizes amino acids. Insoluble fiber found in papaya aids digestion while soluble fiber helps to lower cholesterol and maintain blood sugar balance.
Pineapples are a refreshing and flavourful fruit containing high levels of antioxidants vitamins A and C. These vitamins help to prevent cell damage caused by free radicals and prevent inflammatory diseases and premature aging. High levels of manganese present in pineapples support the development of strong bones and connective tissues. Enzyme bromelain present in pineapples support digestion by promoting the breakdown of proteins in food. It also helps to reduce inflammation and ease pain associated with osteoarthritis. Dietary fiber present in pineapples support digestion and helps to regularize bowel movement.
Cucumbers are loaded with water and dietary fiber that helps to improve satiety and provide the feeling of fullness which prevents overeating and reduces total calorie intake throughout the day. High water content in cucumber helps to keep you hydrated and prevents dehydration. Vitamin A present in cucumbers protects the skin and eyes and supports immune system health. It also reduces the risk of vision disorders such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Cucumber also contain moderate amount of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that prevents DNA damage caused by free radicals. Vitamin K found in cucumbers supports bone mineralization and reduces the risk of osteoporosis and brittle bones.
Spinach is one of the healthiest of leafy greens that contains wholesome amounts of iron, vitamin K, folate, vitamin A and dietary fiber. Spinach provides abundant amount of non-heme iron to the body that supports the production of red blood cells and reduces the risk of anemia. It also boosts energy and alleviates the feeling of sluggishness and lethargy. Vitamin K, a rare nutrient found in spinach supports bone mineralization and aids proper blood coagulation. Folate or vitamin B9 found in spinach supports energy metabolism; maintain nervous system health and aids DNA synthesis.
Bananas are a rich source of dietary fiber and potassium. Bananas contain both soluble and insoluble fiber that support digestion, promotes digestive system health, lowers high blood pressure, reduces the risk of diabetes and aids weight loss. High level of potassium presents in bananas help to maintain blood pressure and support healthy and strong bones and teeth. Vitamin B6 found in bananas support energy metabolism and alleviates depression and anxiety.
Here is the recipe…
- Spinach – 1 cup
- Papaya pieces – 1 cup
- Pineapple chunks – 1 cup
- Cucumber – 1 cup
- Banana – 1 (cut into chunks)
- Honey – 1 tablespoon
- Milk – 1 cup
- Pour chopped spinach, banana slices, and papaya pieces into the blender.
- Then toss cucumber slices, pineapple chunks to it.
- After that, add raw honey and milk to the blender and blend all these ingredients at high speed until smooth.
- Pour this smoothie into your serving glass and enjoy this healthy green smoothie to stay healthy by reducing your excess calories.
This healthy and nourishing green smoothie can be modified to suit vegans by simply substituting whole milk with almond milk and leaving out the honey.