It's day two of my week-long A Smoothie A Day series. Today's smoothie is one of my personal favorites. Sometimes, I even add these to popsicles sticks and freeze them for a healthy and delicious treat. If this summer is anything like the last, I suspect this will be my go-to summer recipe.
This recipes includes one of my new favorite secret ingredients-- ginger. In addition to giving your foods a burst of spicy flavor, ginger is great for upset stomachs (goodbye morning sickness), it has been shown to help improve mobility and function for those suffering from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, and one of the main components of ginger, gingerols, helps to stop the growth of certain caner cells. Basically I add it to everything--smoothies, stir fry, ice-cream...well, maybe not the ice-cream, but you get my point.
Here's what you need for this tasty green smoothie.
2-3 handfuls of spinach
1 frozen banana (I peel, chop and freeze my bananas to make the process easier)
1/2 cup of frozen pineapple
1 cup of orange juice (note, you can substitute the OJ with 2 oranges and a bit of water to loosen it up)
1 inch of ginger
Wash spinach thoroughly. Add all ingredients to blender. Blend well. Add ice as needed. Serve with a smile.
If you decide to give it a go, be sure to stop back and let me know what you think. I'm a big fan of experimentation, so don't feel as though you have to follow my recipe to a T. Mix it up a bit, it makes life more interesting ;)
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Until next time,