This green drink is loaded with nutritional benefits! Baby greens are full of iron and fibre both needed to keep our energy up and internal systems running smoothly. All leafy greens are excellent sources of vitamin C, bone-strengthening vitamin K, folate, calcium, magnesium and potassium. They also deliver plenty of beneficial phytochemicals including beta-carotene, lutein and flavonoids.
The lemon juice and the frozen fruit in this smoothie provide a large amount of our vitamin C requirements along with flavonoids to provide us with additional antioxidants. Pineapple aids in digestion and with its high content of manganese it can also help with bone health. Chia seeds contain calcium, fibre, iron and a good dose of omega-3 fatty acids.
Cucumber and celery contain hydrating and cleansing properties; while protein powder packs a good punch of essential amino acids to help our muscles recover and build more muscle. Both turmeric and ginger are strong anti-inflammatory sources and have also been shown to help with other ailments. This green drink is a powerhouse of nutrition and is the perfect way to start your day!
Makes 2 | Takes 5 mins
Nutritional value (per serving): Calories 144; Fat 4g; Carbohydrates 18g; Protein 10g
1 ½ cups of baby spinach or baby spinach & kale mix
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger or 1 tsp of powder ginger
1/5 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp turmeric
1 Tbsp chia seeds
¾ cup cubed frozen pineapple
½ cup fresh curly parsley, stems removed
5-7 slices English cucumber
1-2 diced medium celery stalks
½ scoop vanilla protein powder
1 cup cold water
Ice cubes (optional)
Add all ingredients to a blender and mix to desired consistency. Enjoy!
Doris Ward is a trained STOTT Pilates instructor with 10 years of teaching experience. She is also a certified personal trainer and has earned other specialized certifications including Schwinn cycling instructor, group fitness instructor, BOSU trainer and YogaFit level one instructor. Doris has worked in the fitness industry since 2003 and has successfully trained hundreds of clients across Atlantic Canada. She resides in PEI.