Recipe: Vegan Tropical Green Smoothie

Looking for a new summer smoothie recipe that will satisfy and tastes great? This Tropical Green is a good balance of fruits and vegetables, including ¼ of an avocado that satiates and helps provide the luscious, creamy texture. The coconut water helps keep you hydrated in high temps, and the lime juice and mango/pineapple provide a tropical flavor that is so welcome this time of year.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup mango or pineapple, frozen
  • 1 cup spinach
  • ⅓ cup cucumber
  • ¼ avocado
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 4-5 fresh mint leaves

Optional: 1 teaspoon honey (*not vegan) or 2-3 drops liquid stevia

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
  2. If not sweet enough, add honey or stevia to your liking.

NUTRITIONAL INSIGHT:

  • Coconut water contains naturally-occurring electrolytes, including potassium, making it an excellent source of hydration – great for summer.
  • There is an ongoing debate as to whether or not spinach should be considered a superfood — for good reason. Spinach is high in niacin, zinc, protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. (Don’t forget this ingredient!)
  • Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and are rich in antioxidants; they also provide fiber, iron, and calcium.
  • Mint promotes digestion. In fact, the very aroma of the herb activates the salivary glands as well as glands that secrete digestive enzymes.

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