This tasty smoothie recipe not only provides an energy boost, it’s also a great way to hide some extra vegetables in your diet. You’ll taste banana blended with vanilla and none of the “other stuff”. YUM!
Studies suggest that bananas may prevent high blood pressure and decrease your risk of kidney cancer. They are also an excellent source of potassium. It’s a great idea to add them to your smoothies!
You wont taste the small tomato you add to this smoothie, but it’s a good source of lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that may protect against some cancers, aging skin and osteoporosis.
Flax seed can help fight everything from heart disease and diabetes to breast cancer. This delicious smoothie is going to pack a powerful nutrient punch!
Vanilla-Banana with Greens Smoothie Recipe
- 2 bananas, peeled
- The vanilla from 1 vanilla bean (or 1/2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract)
- 1 Campari tomato
- 1/2 large avocado
- 1 tbs flax seeds, ground
- 3 large organic Swiss chard leaves
- 1 cup dandelion greens
- 1/2 teaspoon maca powder (UK friends can buy maca powder here)
- 1 scoop raw protein powder
- 8 ounces of filtered water
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (I use a Vitamix), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
NOTE: If you don’t have a high-speed blender, you’ll want to grind the flax seeds in a coffee grinder before adding them to your smoothie.
Calcium: 22% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Iron: 31% RDA
Vitamin A: 635% RDA
Vitamin C: 116% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of folate and other B vitamins as well as vitamin K, E, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.
Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)
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Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Weight Loss Program, the 30-Day Whole Foods Challenge and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.