Monday Blues Away Smoothie 2


Oh boy, did my case of the Mondays get blown out of the water this morning! I kind of love everything about this juice (I made a double batch, and did not make out with any to spare).…deep purple color from the blueberries, a bit of sweetness from the banana, plus you would never guess from the taste how much greenery is in this baby.

Health Benefits of Blueberries, Juicing, Superfood, Holistic Health, Juicing with a blender

Blueberries- Hard to believe these cute little guys can aid in the renewal of liver cells.[1] It’s true. Actually the blue that gives blueberries their hue is from some of the most powerful antioxidants called anthocyanidines, which have been shown to improve the entire vascular system. Considered a superfood due to is nutrient power punch, blueberries can also help in cancer prevention and weight loss.[2]

Spinach- Where to begin with spinach. I am just going to lay it all out here:

  • Excellent source of iron (important for transporting oxygen throughout the body)
  • Promotes optimal health and proven to help decrease cancer risk
  • Excellent source of vitamins C and A (beta-carotene) which are connected to heart, brain, and vision health[2]
  • Anti-inflammatory that promotes energy, bone health, digestive health, restful sleep and muscle building…you get the point

Banana- The easiest portable fruit there is. Bananas are one of the best sources of potassium and B6. A big favorite among athletes, the potassium helps with muscle cramping and hydration. Potassium-rich foods like the banana, have been effective in lowering blood pressure and treating distension. [1] Also a heavy hitter with the antioxidant duo vitamin C and manganese which help protect cells against free radicals. Bananas also promote digestive health and protect against ulcers.[2]

Without further adieu, Monday Blues Away Juice.

 

[1] Pitchford, Paul. Healing with Whole Foods. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2002.

[2] Mateljan, George. The World’s Healthiest Foods. Seattle, WA: GMF Publishing, 2007.

Ingredients

1 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 frozen banana (best to peel the banana before freezing–lesson I learned)

2 c spinach

1/2 c filtered water

***For all you blender users: be sure to chop up the produce to make it easier for blending

Directions

  • Place all ingredients in the blender/Vitamix/food processor
  • Pulse a few times to allow the frozen bananas to get broken down and then crank up the speed
  • Blend on high for 2-3 minutes
  • Add more water if mixture is too thick
  • Drink your blues away!

 

 

 

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