Green Smoothie Goodness
This bright green smoothie is a pleasant pick-me up. Use after your morning workout or in replacement of afternoon caffeine.
- 1/2 or 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
- ¼ – ½ cup of pineapple (fresh or frozen). Here are some nutritional benefits of pineapple
- 3-5 strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- ¼ tsp (or one serving) of dehydrated wheatgrass juice or 1 oz fresh wheatgrass juice. Here are some nutritional benefits of wheatgrass juice
- 21 drops of Chlor-Oxygen1
- Optional: 1 teaspoon of Almond Butter
- Optional: 1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds. Here are some nutritional benefits of chia seeds
- Mix with purified water (add purified ice if using fresh fruit rather than frozen)
1Chlor-Oxygen is a concentrated chlorophyll supplement. Click here for information on Chlor-Oxygen. Any concentrated chlorophyll supplement can be used.
Banana Health Benefits
Fantastic Fiber: the great thing about smoothies is that all the fiber is retained in the drink. One medium-sized banana offers 16% of the daily value of dietary fiber. Fiber rich diets are great for overall health and lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Marvelous Muscles: Bananas have a high concentration of potassium (10% of our daily value) which keeps the heart and nervous system operating at peak performance. Potassium is a salt that is essential for muscle health. The contraction action of our muscles is regulated by potassium. From our heart to our glutes to our deltoids to our digestive tract, the muscle contraction is part of potassium’s purview. If you’re an athlete, a banana (or two) a day keeps muscle cramps away.
Cool Calcium: the banana helps kidney and bone health, because the potassium suppresses calcium excretion through urine. The potassium also helps reduce the risk of kidney stones. Due to potassium’s ability to reduce calcium excretion, banana consumption is a great way to combat osteoporosis (the loss of bone density).
Trippy Tryptophan: Bananas are a mild source of Tryptophan, an amino acid that acts as a stress-reliever. Tryptophan is essential to the production of serotonin, which calms the brain and induces a more positive mood and mindset. Tryptophan also acts as a mild sedative. Eat a banana if you need to calm down after a work-out or need a nap.
Bodacious Blood: Bananas have a high concentration of Vitamin B6 at 20% of the daily value. Vitamin B6 helps the body to produce hemoglobin which is an essential part of our blood. Vitamin B6 also helps in the production of anti-bodies and our immune response. This vitamin is well-rounded as it also converts carbohydrates to glucose to maintain healthy blood sugar level. While bananas are higher on the glycemic index than say, an apple, the Vitamin B6 in the fruit acts as a balance for our blood sugar.
Oh, and last, but not least:
Centered C: A medium sized banana contains 16% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an essential element in good health and immune response. Vitamin C is one of the most recommended supplements for the body and is a proven part of optimum health.
The Gaia Green Smoothie is optimized to re-energize and invigorate your mind and body so you can sail through your day.