I make this smoothie most mornings at the moment. Not only does it’s gorgeous green colour hint of the Spring to come, it’s rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Using a blender retains more of the natural goodness and fibre of the ingredients and makes it far more digestible. I use half greens to fruit, adding coconut water as a base and chia seeds after the blend. It’s absolutely delicious and so good for you.
Spinach: rich in iron, needed by red blood cells to transport oxygen around the body, and also Vitamin K, A, C and Folic Acid. Studies have shown that consumption of leafy greens may slow age-related decline in brain function. It also contains Lutein, which helps protect against eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration Pears: rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fibre, they are one of the most digestible fruits, excellent for constipation. They contain high levels of boron which helps the body retain calcium, retarding osteoporosis. Their high levels of pectin also reduce cholesterol. Ginger: helps digestion, reduces nausea and fights the common cold and flu. It contains gingerol, the main bioactive compound which has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects. New research in 2015 has shown ginger to have anti-diabetic properties: 2g of ginger powder lowered fasting blood sugar by 12%. Pineapples: contain the enzyme bromelain which has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect, making it particularly helpful for arthritic conditions, both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid, as well as skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. It also contains more Vitamin C than oranges, a vital antioxidant defending the body against free radicals that attack and damage normal cells. These free radicals can contribute towards heart disease, asthma, cancer and joint pain. Its high levels of manganese and thiamine (B1) are also essential for energy production. Manganese builds healthy bones and supports connective tissue, vital for children and the elderly. Coconut water: has increased in popularity recently due to its perfect balance of electrolytes: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium, it is able to rehydrate the body quickly, not to mention also being a good source of fibre. Chia seeds: these tiny seeds pack a powerful punch. High in fibre, just one ounce provides 18% of our recommended daily amount of calcium, essential for bone health. They are also a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus.