Great news guys, I
finally just created a YouTube channel! I’ve been promoting #MentalHealthMeals on Instagram for a while now and even though I’ve posted such recipes before, I haven’t exactly been consistent with them so I’m changing that this year. I made this green smoothie yesterday and it turned out awesome so I did a video of me making it with my Magic Bullet for my first vlog upload. You’ll have to excuse the quality as I recorded it with my phone and I don’t know shit about these video things. *Aside: I sell Magic Bullets, Nutri Bullets and Misty Mountain Herbs Organic Ground Turmeric/Turmeric Tea, so if you’re interested link me through the contact section here.*
Trust me when I tell you… it was DELICIOUS! Just the right balance of tastes, very smooth and chock full of nutrients without ‘tasting healthy’, I was very proud of myself.
For those of you who don’t know how to make a green smoothie, the formula (which I learned from Simple Green Smoothies) is easy:
- 2 cups liquid (e.g. milk, water, coconut water, orange juice)
- 2 cups greens (e.g. callaloo, kale,spinach, lettuce)
- 3 cups fruit
- a tbsp of nutrient booster (e.g. protein powder, coconut oil, nut butters, spirulina, flax seeds —- I tend to use fresh herbs or spices most of the time)
- a sweetener if/as needed (e.g. honey, stevia, maple syrup, Agave nectar, dates)
See below for the recipe and it’s nutritional benefits (pretty much all the ingredients aid in cancer prevention and a lot of them are staples for me), then watch the video for extra guidelines and subscribe to my new channel (yay!)
- 1 cup probiotic yoghurt (with active cultures)
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp unsweetened, shredded coconut
- 1/2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 tsp ground, organic turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped (mine was obviously not the freshest)
- 2 cups frozen cantaloupe
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup spinach leaves
- 1 cup Romaine lettuce, chopped
- Blend greens, coconut and turmeric in water (to prevent chunks).
- Blend in fruits.
- Add yoghurt and peanut butter, blend until smooth.
- Drink up!
Here’s the nutrient breakdown as promised:
Yoghurt – aids in digestion, soothes skin, helps keep reproductive organs healthy, great source of calcium
Honey – good for the heart, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, boosts energy, soothes the throat, clears and keeps skin healthy, also contain probiotics, regulates blood sugar, immune booster and mood enhancer due to high levels of tryptophan and serotonin
Coconut – good for the skin, heart, immune system, digestive system, regulates metabolism, boosts imune system, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial, efficient energy booster (goes directly to the brain and into the bloodstream), said to help with a number of neurological diseases
Peanut butter – good source of carbs, fiber, calcium, protein and iron which is great for eneergy, blood health, the immune system and digestion etc
Turmeric powder – lowers cholesterol, aids in management of diabetes and helps in wound healing, speeds up metabolism, heals stomach ulcers, asthma, natural blood-purifier, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and analgesic, cough-suppressant, aids in depression, strengthens ligaments, prevents bloating, gas and many skin conditions
Parsley – excellent source of Vitamins K and C as well as a host of other vitamins, antioxidants and minerals, it’s also an immune booster and is great for blood, respiratory, heart and joint health
Cantaloupe – one cup supplies 100% of the recommended daily intake of both Vitamins A & C, fabulous for skin, eyes, cardiovascular health and energy
Spinach – (Aside: this is always a must-have for me as I’m anaemic with mental health concerns) Huge amounts of Vitamin A & K, Managanese, folate and magnesium, plus almost every other vitamin and mineral you can think of, protein, fibre, calcium and zinc. Helps to protect against inflammatory problems, oxidative stress-related problems, cardiovascular problems, bone problems and cancers.
Romaine lettuce – heart-healthy, improves quality of sleep, prevents the oxidation of cholesterol to enable good circulation, rich in dietary fibre, Vitamin K and folic acid, low calorie content and high water volume, excellent source of vitamin A and several other vitamins and minerals.
Watch the video and leave me a comment with your thoughts.
It’s SO GOOD! Feel free to try this quick and easy green smoothie recipe or tweak it and let me know how it turns out. You can post a picture and hashtag #Tsansai3M so I can share in the excitement and get some ideas from you guys. Like my Facebook page, subscribe to my YouTube channel and follow me on Instagram for more tips.