Spinach Orange Smoothie Recipe
It’s true that healthy eating results in healthy cravings, but it doesn’t mean your daily smoothie or green drink won’t get a little boring from time to time. Perhaps it’s time to ditch the same old ingredients and try something new. The beauty of smoothie making is that your possibilities are only as limited as the fruits and veggies in your fridge. And while it’s always fun to mix up your produce selections, smoothie recipe calls for ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen. Work this delicious drink into the breakfast rotation for a refreshing change that will keep your diet on track.
1 navel orange, peeled
1/2 frozen banana, peeled
1 cup tightly packed organic spinach
1/4 cup coconut water, adjusted as desired
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon hemp seeds (optional)
Blend until smooth and serve. Yields one serving.
Why It Works
In addition to being a sweet treat, this green drink will give you lasting energy and stand in as a great substitute for coffee if you’re trying to cut down on caffeine (not to mention the added calories from sugar and creamer). Here’s a quick breakdown of the ingredient list and how each one plays a part in your overall health.
- Orange: Stuck in a stuffy office all day? Getting your daily dose of Vitamin C will help thwart oncoming illness. Oranges aid in the prevention of kidney stones and ulcers, protect against cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis, and lower your risk of stomach and lung cancer.
- Banana: Potassium! (As if you didn’t already guess.) Why is potassium important? It helps you maintain normal blood pressure and lowers your risk of stroke. The fiber content will ensure you adhere to a, well, regular schedule and the carbs will keep you energized throughout your hectic day.
- Spinach: This leafy green tops the best veggie list for its nutrient-dense qualities. These little things called phytonutrients act in major ways, serving as anti-inflammatory agents. Essentially, you’re fighting off a multitude of cancers with every cup you add to your green drink.
- Coconut water: While it helps your digestive system and hydrates you naturally with simple sugars and nutrients, studies suggest it helps your skin as well and has many anti-aging properties. Nothing wrong with taking care of the outside too, right?
- Hemp seeds: Believe it or not, hemp seeds are a great source of protein. An easy addition to your smoothie, hemp seeds provide tons of extra nutrients to help you power through your day including iron, potassium and zinc.
If your fruit and veggie intake is usually limited to your morning green drink, consider adding a green supplement to add a few more nutrients. This recipe is sure to become a favorite for its flavor and health benefits—both of which are pretty darn sweet.