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Wednesday Likes - Green Smoothie

I love, love smoothie’s. When I’m in a rush in the morning this is what I drink. This is a great way for you to get your veggies and fruit in the morning.  

I really enjoy Green smoothie’s.  The Mango, Spinach smoothie is my favorite.  I know what you are thinking.  It’s green but so delicious.   

                                    

Mango, Spinach Smoothie

- 1 mango

- 1 banana 

- Hand full of spinach (you can use as much or as little as you like)

- Coconut Water (you can use milk or water if you don’t like the taste of coconut water).

- Ice

- 1 tablespoon of Flax Seed

Blend together. Enjoy, Yummy!

Health Benefits:
Spinach - A super source of antioxidants and cancer antagonists, containing about four times more beta-carotene and three times more lutein than broccoli. Rich in fiber, helps lower blood cholesterol.  Eat raw or lightly cooked.

Banana - Soothes the stomach.  Strengthens the stomach lining against acid and ulcers.  has antibiotic activity.  Bananas feed the natural acidophilus bacteria of the bowel.  Their high potassium content benefits the muscular system.

Flax Seed - Used primarily for constipation.  Helps with gastritis, colities or other inflammations of the digestive tract.  Lowers blood fat level often associated with heart attacks and strokes.  Reduced harmful flood cholesterol levels with its soluble fibers.  Prevent colon and breast cancer through its rich source of lignins, a documented anti-cancer agent.  Improves moods, diminishes allergies and produces healthier skin.

Mango - are very much beneficial for people suffering from acidity and its enzymes helps to relieve indigestion problems.  High level of soluble dietary fiber, Pectin and Vitamin C present in mangoes helps to lower serum cholesterol levels specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Cholesterol. High amount of antioxidants are present in mangoes.  Mango consumed regularly fights against cancer and other heart diseases. Very high in Iron.

Coconut Water - is packed with simple sugar, electrolytes, and minerals to replenish hydration levels in the body.  Coconut water contains a very good amount of electrolyte potassium. 100 ml of water has 250 mg of potassium and 105 mg of sodium.  Its water is also a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates. These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish.  Despite very light consistency, its water has much better composition of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc than some of fruits like oranges. 

Source: Bauman College Foundation of Nutrition,  http://www.healthmango.com/dietnutrition/health-benefits-of-mango/http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/coconut-water.html

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