Confession time: I love musicals. I grew up in the theater, and I adore everything about it. When NBC introduced their hit new show “Smash”, I couldn’t have been more excited.
Uma Thurman has been a guest star in the last couple episodes as the celebrity Rebecca who is taking over the lead role in the shows musical. And Uma’s celebrity character has a huge demand – for SMOOTHIES!
Have you ever noticed how many celebrities love smoothies? Have you noticed how fabulous celebrities look? Is there a connection? YES – I believe so, anyway.
In fact, there is even a 1,200 calorie a day juicing/smoothie diet plan that celebrities like Gwen Stefani are fans of. If smoothies work to keep celebrities looking stellar, then it could work for you too!
Can I have my kale, coconut water, flaxseed smoothie please?!
These are the key ingredients in Uma Thurman’s characters smoothie! So what are they, and why do they work?
Kale: A super green powerhouse food that is quickly taking over in popularity. At only 35 calories a serving, it’s loaded with nutrients including, vitamin K (1,020%), vitamin A (180%), and vitamin C (200%). This leafy veggie also contains 40% of your daily required magnesium and 15% of your daily calcium and vitamin B6.
Kale is also a good source of minerals like copper, iron, potassium, manganese, and phosphorus. Plus, it has 5g of fiber in a single serving – which we all know keeps you feeling fuller longer and helps clean out your gut!
With all the nutrients, phytonurients, Carotenoids and flavonoids (antioxidants) Kale is a cancer fighting machine, which also lowers your cholesterol and promotes normal blood clotting, antioxidant activity, and bone health. It’s also great for your eyes thanks to lutein and zeaxanthin compounds.
Coconut Water: Naturally low in calories and fat-free, this electrolyte packed beverage will quickly hydrate your body! Coconut water is the liquid found inside young coconuts before they mature. It contains almost twice as much potassium as a banana.
Potassium helps regulate blood pressure, which in turn helps to prevent related issues like stroke, heart attack and hangovers! Coconut water also has a small amount of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, and is low in sodium.
Flaxseed: By simply sprinkling this little seed into your food, you are helping to reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. Rich in Omega-3’s, Fiber and Lignans (they can contain up to 800x as much lignans vs. other veggies! Wow!) flaxseeds also helps out with inflammation and hot flashes!
Make your own version of Uma Thurman’s Smoothie today!
Using the three primary ingredients above as the foundation, you can add different fruits to create your own adaptation of the SMASH smoothie!
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1 cup kale
- 1/2 banana
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 tsp flaxseed
Tear kale leaves off of stems and tear into small shapes. Put coconut water in the blender followed by all the other ingredients. Blend until smooth and enjoy! Consider using the Vitamix Turbo Blend (this is what I use and I LOVE it.). It is a bit pricey, but it’s more than a blender.