I’ve experimented with smoothies through the years and, often, my smoothie of the day is a concoction of what happens to be in the refrigerator and freezer at that moment. But in the world of smoothies, some are healthier than others. I set on a quest to develop the healthiest smoothie given my goals of energy, brain health, skin nourishment, and overall nutrition.

This is my go-to smoothie and is an amazing on-the-go meal that can be made in less than five minutes.

Ingredients

2 handfuls of organic baby spinach

1 handful of organic parsley

1 cup frozen organic wild blueberries

3/4 cup frozen organic mangos

1 scoop Orgain organic plant-based protein powder (natural unsweetened), or Garden of Life organic unsweetened, or Vega One natural

1 scoop Vital Proteins Marine Collagen

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon ground flax seeds or chia seeds (optional)

Coconut milk, almond milk and/or water (enough to achieve desired consistency)

Oh, the Benefits

Spinach is one of those green, nutrient-dense vegetables that offers huge benefits, including stronger muscles, skin care, improved eyesight, regulated blood pressure, and a boosted metabolism.

Parsley is often limited to garnishes and herbs, but it’s packed with beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, and is a definite superfood. There are so many parsley health benefits that it’s a must for a smoothie.

Blueberries are coined “brain berries” and contain more powerful disease-fighting antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable. Wild blueberries contain more of the powerful antioxidant anthocyanin than cultivated blueberries and have more intense, sweet flavor. In addition, studies have shown that blueberries improve memory and cognitive ability.

Mangoes add a bit a sweetness to the smoothie and are high in vitamin A, C, B6, potassium and magnesium. Their benefits include lowering blood sugar and boosting brain health.

Plant-based protein powder provides protein with added micronutrients from ingredients like chia seeds, spirulina and kale, with no added dairy or sugar. Protein is important for our muscles and micronutrients are essential because they protect our bodies from disease and slow down the aging process.

Collagen is important for healthy skin, ligaments, joints and tendons, bones, muscles and hair. Although the research is mixed on the effectiveness of edible collagen, proponents find the best results with fish collagen peptites. It has the best absorption and bioavailability due to its smaller particles, as compared with other animal collagen.

Cinnamon adds a hint of spice and natural sweetness, and helps to stabilize blood sugar, reduce inflammation, and fight infections.

Flax seeds and chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients, including manganese, thiamine and magnesium. Ground seeds are more easily absorbed. Both are considered superfoods, but this guide provides a side-by-side nutritional comparison.

Drink up in good health!

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2 Comments

  1. My dad has dementia and that scares me. I’m starting to eat foods that are supposed to be good for my brain and lose weight. The fruit juice smoothies I’ve been drinking are increasing my blood sugar too much and I’m pre-diabetic. I tried your recipe and it will take some getting used to because I’m used to sweeter ones.

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  2. I love a spinach and fruit smoothie in the morning! For the past month I’ve added flax seed oil and just this weekend I’ve started adding vitamin D drops. I’ll be interested to see how my numbers run at my next check up.

    Thanks for sharing goodness through your blog!

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