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Banana, Almond Milk, Green Smoothie

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Smoothies can be a great option for those of us with a sensitive gut because blending the fruits and veggies fully breaks down the cell walls, making it easier for the body to digest and absorb the nutrients. This smoothie contains ingredients that can be adjusted to individual tastes, and other greens, such as kale, can be easily substituted for the spinach.  I’ve also added Further Food Collagen, which can help reduce gut inflammation and restore intestinal lining.

Since I try to avoid as many packaged and highly processed foods as possible, I make my own almond milk for this recipe, but if you have a store bought variety on hand that’s fine too. This smoothie is especially kid-friendly, since you can hardly taste the spinach when combined with fruits and coconut!

Have you tasted anything more refreshing and good for you?

Further Food Commentary:

I too love green smoothies! This smoothie is packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Whether you use kale or spinach, you will be adding vital nutrients. These include vitamin k, which aids in blood clotting, and iron, which helps in the delivery of oxygen to vital tissues and organs. A great way to increase absorption of iron is to pair it with foods high in vitamin C such as strawberries, oranges and kiwi, which can certainly be added into this recipe. Not only does this combination taste delicious, it also enhances the nutrient absorption. This smoothie gets two thumbs up!

By Nicole Hallisey, RD, CDN
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Banana, Almond Milk, Green Smoothie

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  • Prep Time:7 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Servings: 2

Ingredients

4 bananas (peeled)

2 apples (cored)

2 cups spinach

½ cup almond milk

2 scoops Further Food Collagen 

1 tablespoon shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into blender, blend, and enjoy!

Note:  Add more or less almond milk or water for preferred thickness.

Place all ingredients into blender, blend, and enjoy! Note:  Add more or less almond milk or water for preferred thickness.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 327; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 73mg; Potassium: 1,273mg; Carbohydrate: 79g; Fiber: 11g; Sugar: 45g; Protein: 4g

 

Nutrition Bonus:  Vit A: 63%; Vit C: 61%; Calcium: 16%; Iron: 10%

 

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