Not only does this smoothie taste amazing, but it's packed with 'lucky' ingredients that can help support your overall health along with a flatter tummy;)
Whether you're looking to heal your gut or simply want a healthy shamrock shake, this anti-inflammatory smoothie is sure to be a hit. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day or any day you need a nutritious boost, my flat belly smoothie recipe combines the goodness of greens with the fun look of a shamrock shake. Give it a try and see how you feel! 🍀
One of the key ingredients in this smoothie is turmeric, which has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has been shown to help reduce inflammation in the body, which can help alleviate symptoms associated with conditions like arthritis, IBS, and even depression.
Ginger, another powerful anti-inflammatory, is also included in this recipe. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger has also been shown to help ease nausea and vomiting, making it a great addition to any smoothie.
The fresh mint leaves add a refreshing flavor to the smoothie, and mint has been shown to help aid digestion and may also have antimicrobial properties, which can help fight off harmful bacteria in the body.
Pineapple and banana provide natural sweetness to the smoothie, while also adding a variety of vitamins and minerals. Pineapple is a great source of vitamin C, which can help support a healthy immune system, while bananas are a good source of potassium, which can help regulate blood pressure.
Walnuts are a great source of healthy fats, protein, and essential nutrients. However, they contain certain enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid that can make it difficult for your body to fully digest and absorb all of their nutrients. That's why in this recipe we "activate" the walnuts to help break down these enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid, making it easier for your body to digest and absorb all of the nutrients found in the walnuts.
By reducing the phytic acid content in the walnuts, you can increase the absorption of minerals like calcium, iron, and zinc. This can have a positive impact on bone health, immune function, and a wide range of other physiological processes. Additionally, soaking the walnuts in water can help to soften them, making them easier to chew and digest. This can be particularly helpful for people who have digestive issues or who find raw walnuts difficult to eat.
To make this delicious smoothie, simply blend together all of the ingredients until smooth and creamy. If you are using fresh fruit instead of frozen, add a few ice cubes before blending. If you don't have coconut water, you can swap with filtered water. Garnish with hemp seeds and mint to dress it up:) Enjoy your flatter tummy! xo, Cheryl
Flat Belly Smoothie Recipe
Prep time: 5 min
1 cup frozen pineapple
1 frozen banana
1 inch piece of fresh turmeric
1 inch piece of fresh ginger
A handful of fresh mint leaves
1 lime (flesh only)
1 cup fresh spinach or kale
1/4 cup walnuts, soaked overnight
1-2 cups coconut water (adjust as needed)
Optional garnish: hemp seeds and mint leaves
In a blender, combine the frozen pineapple, frozen banana, fresh turmeric, fresh ginger, mint leaves, lime flesh, spinach or kale, and soaked walnuts.
Pour in 1 cup of coconut water to start.
Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, gradually add more coconut water until you reach your desired consistency, blending a few more seconds each time.
Once fully blended and smooth, pour the smoothie into two glasses.
Optionally, garnish with a sprinkle of hemp seeds and a few mint leaves.
Serve immediately and enjoy your nourishing flat belly smoothie!
Estimated Nutritional Info, per serving:
Calories: 224.5 kcal
Total Fat: 9.5g
Most of the fat comes from the healthy fats in walnuts.
Saturated Fat: 0.9g
Walnuts contain some saturated fat, but it's minimal.
Trans Fat: 0g
Naturally occurring from the ingredients; no added salt. For example, coconut water is often used as a natural source of electrolytes, including sodium, which is why it's popular in hydration drinks.
Total Carbohydrate: 34.5g
Fruits like banana and pineapple contribute natural sugars (simple carbs) and fiber (complex carbs).
Dietary Fiber: 4.2g
Fruits and leafy greens provide fiber.
Total Sugars: 20g
These are natural sugars from the fruits.
Walnuts and a small amount from the greens contribute to the protein content.
Vitamin D: 0µg
Spinach or kale contributes to calcium.
Leafy greens and nuts are good sources of iron.
Banana and coconut water are high in potassium.
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