My current favorite breakfast is my green smoothie which I have been raving about since it was introduced to me by a dear friend also a trail runner who went through her own amazing weightloss journey and now a vegan. I stayed in her place few months back during the irongirl short race and it was at that time that I tasted my first green smoothie and I absolutely loved it! Been making for myself since then – as often as I can.
Now that I am back on track with my diet, hoping to shed off some extra pounds I gloriously earned mid december till January (ugh! thanks to cravings and unmindful eating of sweets, salty, and a little bit of everything else! hahaha!). No regrets though as I enjoyed it and totally let go of myself. So, now that I aim to lose weight, my green smoothie is becoming a daily habit. I have posted photos of it and friends are becoming curious about it asking me for recipe. So I decided to put it in a blog so you guys can just go through the recipe and take note in case you want to try it for yourself! Without further ado, here’s the recipe!
Note: this is good for one serving (500ml) and fruits are frozen (I stock my fruits for 1 week smoothie, peel them and sliced them and put them in the freezer making my smoothy cold without adding in ice cubes)
1 pc small/medium sized cucumber (peeled and sliced)
3 Kale leaves (alternative: 12 spinach leaves)
1 pc banana (preferrably green)
1/2 slice mango OR any of the following (papaya, avocado, pineapple – you can mix 3 varieties of fruits)
1/2 cup nonfat milk or non-dairy beverage for vegan
1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon flaxseeds (optional)
Note: currently I am using the whole ground flaxseed
How to prepare:
-Just combine everything on your blender and shake away!
Health Benefits: Adding information about the health benefits we can get from the 3 main ingredients of this green smoothie.
Cucumber – It supports healthy skin. Cucumber water can help soothe your skin from the inside out. Staying hydrated helps your body to flush out toxins and maintain a healthy complexion. Cucumbers are also high in pantothenic acid or vitamin B-5, which has been used to treat acne thus supporting healthy skin. Cucumber water can help soothe your skin from the inside out. Staying hydrated helps your body to flush out toxins and maintain a healthy complexion. It May Aid in Weight Loss and help lower blood sugar.
Kale – Loaded with powerful antioxidants like quercetin and kaempferol. These include beta-carotene and vitamin C, as well as various flavonoids and polyphenols. An excellent source of Vitamin C. It is also a good plant-based source of calcium, a nutrient that is very important for bone health and plays a role in all sorts of cellular functions. Aids in weight loss as it is very low in calories but still provides significant bulk that should help you feel full.
Green Banana – an excellent source of fibre. Fibres takes the longest to digest, which in turn induces the feeling of satiety and fullness. Perfect weight loss partner.
So there it is! Go ahead and try preparing for yourself and let me know what you think! :)