Here is a lusciously thick and tasty tropical green smoothie that will boost your metabolism and may aid your body burn fat more quickly.
Did I hear you say you don’t like thick smoothies? No problem! You have two options. Read on …
In many cases, the thickness of a smoothie is determined by the quantity of frozen ingredients used. Therefore, to make a thinner smoothie, simply use some fresh produce instead of having everything frozen.
And the second way is the easiest by far: simply add a little water or, as I prefer, a little ginger tea for even more health benefits, until your smoothie reaches your preferred consistency.
The recipe is from Michelle at Vitamin-Sunshine who gives some amazing nutrient info on the ingredients in her smoothie. She’s done some good research and says …
I freeze bananas for smoothies and to add to my yogurt while they are still green (they are good– it just takes a bit getting used to since they are less sweet). The reason for this is green bananas are higher in resistant starch, and lower in simple sugars. Our bodies can’t break down resistant starches, but they help the body absorb vitamins and minerals (especially calcium, ladies!), and inhibit the growth of disease-causing bacteria. Those are great benefits alone, but the other great benefit is that your body can only extract half the amount of calories from resistant starch than from other types of starches (this doesn’t mean your green banana has half the calories of a ripe one – because the whole banana isn’t made entirely of resistant starch or sugar).
While Michelle uses whey protein powder, if you follow this blog you’ll know we advocate getting your protein from natural sources and not processed sources. For example, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese or milk kefir will give you a similar amount of protein for the same or less calories. Plus the multitude of healthy bacteria that these fermented products contain which is excellent for gut health.
As grapefruit can interfere with some medications, please check with your medical professional to know if this will cause your medicines to be ineffective.
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