DELICIOUS DETOX TROPICAL SMOOTHIE
HAPPY MONDAY! Welcome to another instalment of our blog series. We hope you had a brilliant festive season. After all the drinking, all the later hours, all the food indulgences, it’s time to get back into the habit of a more moderate diet and focus on health. That’s why this blog post, we thought we would try something new and bring to you a delicious, easy to make, detoxifying smoothie recipe that is vegan friendly and tropical for the summer months left. FYI, if you’re a smoothie connoisseur and know exactly what you’re doing, scroll to the end of this blog post for the ingredients list!
1. Base liquid
We would recommend one to two cups of coconut water. Coconut water essentially is made out of 94% water and very little fat derived from a young coconut, before it matures into the white coconut flesh. Deliciously refreshing, ‘coconutty’ and slightly sweet – this base liquid is bountiful when it comes to benefits. Containing potassium for maintaining heart, muscle and skeletal health and electrolytes for post exercise.
2. Base ingredients
This is where you get your most tropical flavours. We think mango is a must, which is also high in vitamins A, C and cancer fighting antioxidants. Second on the list is pineapple which is highly detoxifying and anti-inflammatory and can help assist with joint pain, bloating, and aids in digestion when consumed before a meal. Next, we like to add kiwi fruit, which can be bought in the green or golden variety. Kiwi fruits are technically a berry, but their seeds are ingestible and full of omega 3 fatty acids and they also act as prebiotics, so aids your digestive system. All three of these base ingredients are highly accessible from your local supermarket or fruit market. Your base ingredients are best frozen beforehand before adding them in, and we would recommend adding in about two cups’ worth.
3. Make it creamier
We’re bananas for bananas! A smoothie is always its best when it’s a thicker consistency. So much more enjoyable! To thicken the smoothie, add one banana into the smoothie mixture. Bananas are rich in pectin, which help to regulate blood sugar levels, but is also a rich fibre that improves digestion. Bananas also contain resistant starch – the less ripe a banana, the more resistant starch there is, however, there is still a good amount of resistant starch in a ripened banana. Resistant starch has been found to improve against insulin sensitivity, which means to manage our pancreas activity when it comes to converting glucose to be able to energise our cells to function.
4. Add some greens
This is probably the least tropical part of the smoothie but we think it wholly necessary. Spinach – another easily accessible ingredient is rich in vitamin K amongst a whole host of other benefits. Vitamin K is essential for maintaining bone health. It is also a great way to get some iron into your system. Add one cup to your smoothie for some veggie balance!
5. A little something more
The smallest pinch of turmeric or ground ginger adds an interesting twist but are also ingredients known for their detoxifying benefits and aiding the digestive tract and relieving any bloating issues. Not a fan of the spice? Maybe a little more zest will do the trick and you can add in a light squeeze of lime or lemon.
The last step is to obviously blend everything together until ‘just’ smooth and voila! You have a tasty, easy to make tropical, summer smoothie to help you feel detoxed and refreshed with some great energy to tackle the rest of your day, whatever it is you’re doing! Enjoy Monday Mavens.
Until next Monday,
xoxo Miss Monday