I am sharing the latest smoothie I’ve been into lately. I think it’s perfect as summer approaches, it’s super refreshing and yummy! It’s also filled with goodness for the body.
Here is what you’ll need:
- 1 cup of ice
- 1 banana
- 1.5 cups of blueberries
- 1 tbsp of ginger
- 1 tbsp of turmeric
- 1 lemon
- 1 scoop of collagen
- 1 or 2 scoops of protein
- Water, enough to cover the ingredients
We use the Nutribullet to make all of our smoothies. I find it super easy to use and clean. If you have a blender, or another gadget, I am sure it will work the same.
The first thing that will go into the blender is the ice. Followed by the banana, blueberries, ginger, turmeric, lemon juice, collagen, and protein. Add just enough water to cover the ingredients and blend until smooth. And voila! You have a healthy smoothie filled with vitamins and nutrients.
Here is WHY these main ingredients are great for you:
Banana – Filled with potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and plenty of other antioxidants and phytonutrients. (I had no clue what phytonutrients were BUT I discovered they are natural chemicals found in plants to protect themselves from fungi, germs, bugs, and other threats. 🙂 Pretty cool, huh? And makes sense.)
- Potassium is important for reducing water retention and blood pressure. It also helps regulate fluid balance, muscle contractions, and nerve signals.
- Vitamin B6 is known for supporting a range of life-essential functions in the body. It helps the body make serotonin (regulates mood), norepinephrine (helps cope with stress), and melatonin (regulates internal clock and sleep).
- Vitamin C may reduce risk of chronic disease, helps manage high blood pressure, may lower risk of heart disease, and provides many other health benefits.
Blueberries – Rich in fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C and B6. They’re also filled with phytonutrients. So many health benefits such as: improved heart health, healthy bones, healthy looking skin, prevents cancer, improves mental health, and helps with digestion. Sign. me. up.
Ginger – Its country of origin? Asia. Ginger is known to treat cold/flu-like symptoms, period cramps, helps with digestion, nausea, and probably a longer list of things I have yet to learn about. I recommend trying ginger tea with cinnamon, if you’re into it.
Turmeric – Also comes from Asia. The most powerful active ingredient is curcumin, which is a potent antioxidant. (Be careful when handling turmeric – it stains easily. No lie – I had to clip my fingernails because the yellow stains wouldn’t wash away.) India (and other parts of Asia) use Turmeric to treat many health conditions such as: pain, inflammation, depression, high cholesterol, liver disease, and many others underlying conditions. It is also known to boost the immune system, stimulate digestion, and heal wounds – who would have thought?!?
Lemons – High in vitamin C and antioxidants. Lemons may help with weight loss, reduce risk of heart disease, anemia, kidney stones, digestive issues, and cancer.
Collagen – This is the major component of connective tissues in our body, and as we age, it sadly decreases. Collagen can improve skin health, relieve joint pain, prevent bone loss, boost muscle mass, improve heart health, and generate strong nails.
Protein Powder – I take protein powder to support muscle growth 🙂 I’ve used this organic and plant-based protein powder for a while now and love it! It doesn’t taste chalky and doesn’t cause an upset stomach.
Plenty of studies have yet to be done to further support many of the health benefits mentioned above. Please, please do your own research, consult with your doctor, and do what’s best for you! After all, I am not a nutrionist, or certified in anything related to health. I just do research, read books, and share what I believe to be facts.
Hope you are encouraged to try this lemon blueberry smoothie! If you do try it, let me know what you think.