Does drinking red wine and typing up my healthy recipe from today cancel each other out? I certainly hope not!
I know it’s only Wednesday, but good grief, I have had an incredibly long week. I ditched out of work early yesterday, and I was ready to call it quits on the week at about noon on Tuesday. Instead of crawling into a blanket nest on the couch and eating junk food, I focused my efforts on eating healthy foods to keep my body nourished even though my mind was stressed.
This smoothie was a hit with my kids, and me too. Something about the vibrant orange of the smoothie just put me in a better mood.
HERE’S WHY IT’S HEALTHY
Oranges carry vitamin C, which is an essential nutrient – this means it’s a nutrient we must obtain from our diet. Vitamin C is integral in the formation and maintenance of collagen, which helps heal wounds, shape the body and maintain healthy blood vessels. While oranges are known for having high amounts of vitamin C, most don’t know that they actually carry nearly all vitamins and minerals, at least in modest amounts. Oranges also have more vitamin A than the other citrus fruits – which helps support our immune system and helps to fight infections.
We all know bananas contain lots of potassium, but did you know, potassium is regulates the water balance in your body? Potassium is also an important regulator of blood pressure, and energy metabolism! Bananas contain many vitamins and minerals, including iron, selenium, and magnesium. They are almost completely carbohydrate which means they give your body a quick burst of energy!
Pineapple contains good levels of manganese, and some vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium, and selenium, but most importantly, Bromelain, which is a phytonutrient in pineapple that contains protein digesting enzymes. Bromelain may also help with inflammatory response within the body!
Carrots have high levels of Vitamin A and various concentrated minerals, making them helpful in supporting skin health, healthy eye sight, and immune support. In fact, a single carrot can provide the daily recommended intake of vitamin A! Carrots also contain folic acid, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium, and tons of phytonutrients.
Coconut milk is very fatty, however, the saturated fats in coconut are smaller than most, and are called Medium Chain Triglycerides, these MCTs actually travel through the body without having to go through the metabolic breakdown process that larger fat molecules do – why this matters is that research has suggested that these MCTs actually mobilize existing fat stores for energy! (Fat makes you burn fat!)
If you like smoothies, you’ll probably like these ones too:
5 Ingredient Pineapple Coconut Smoothie
- 2 oranges (peeled)
- 1 banana (peeled)
- 2 large carrots (washed)
- 2 cups pineapple
- 1 can full fat coconut milk (chilled)
- handful of ice (optional
- Shredded unsweetened coconut (for garnish)
- Add all ingredients to blender, I use my Vitamix, except for the ice and shredded coconut.
- Blend until well combined, then add ice if using, blend again until smooth.
- Pour into your favourite cup, and sprinkle shredded coconut on top, if desired.