Bali… Fiji… Tahiti… Hawaii… Reading that just brought a smile to your face. And while most of us cannot go to these places, we can still enjoy a similar experience in our own homes. Just a small taste of this delightful tropical smoothie will create feeling of sun, relax and joy.
But did you know that it also delivers a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals and enzymes to benefit your health?
One of the most celebrated uses of pineapple is its ability to reduce inflammation of joints and muscles, particularly those associated with arthritis. Pineapple contains a relatively rare enzyme called bromelain, which aids in digestion breaking down complex proteins.
The tropical fruit is rich in vitamin C which play role in tissue growth and healing, and also contains Manganese which is essential for energy production.
Considered one of the great brain foods, mangoes are packed with B Vitamins, which are essential for maintaining brain function, support healthy mood as well as healthy sleep patterns. Mango is a rich source of magnesium and potassium, which maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body and are important for the control of heart rate and blood pressure.
Spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in existence. Its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant abilities help improve eyesight, maintain healthy blood pressure, build strong muscles and much more. It’s considered a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K and minerals manganese, zinc, and selenium. This makes spinach useful in protecting various systems and functions within the body.
Some of the many health benefits of coconut nutrition include its high levels of healthy saturated fats which provide the body with immediate source of energy. Coconut flakes has a high nutrient density and consumed in moderation can help with healthy digestion, support metabolism, balance blood sugar levels and lower “bad” LDL cholesterol levels. Coconut flakes supplies the body with dietary fiber that may lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Almonds are highly nutritious and extremely healthy energy-dense food. They are among the world’s best sources of vitamin E that nourish the skin reducing the signs of aging. The nuts are also packed with antioxidants that work with vitamin E to reduce inflammation and oxidative damage in the body. Almonds nutrition benefits makes them great in supporting healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels, as well as healthy heart and brain function.
Flax seeds are extremely high in both soluble and insoluble fiber which helps regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels, supports colon detoxification and reduces sugar cravings. It also promotes digestive health by feeding the beneficial bacteria in the gut. Flax is full of Omega -3 healthy fats and b-vitamins that benefit the skin and hair. Omega-3s also helps prevent inflammation reducing the risk of heart diseases, type 2 diabetes and even cancer.
Goji berries are an excellent source of antioxidants that help boost the immune system and protect the body from high levels of inflammation. It has the exceptional ability to fight free radicals and reduce oxidative stress in the body which could play a role in lowering the chance of arthritis, allergies and premature aging. Stories report that thousands of years ago Himalayan monks were steeping goji in hot water to help aid meditation and obtain health, vitality and energy.
Coconut water is a refreshing and nutritious natural beverage that is packed with vitamins and minerals. The primary nutrient in coconut water is potassium, but it also contains small amounts of sodium, calcium and magnesium, all beneficial for boosting energy, increase athletic performance, lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
The high level of electrolytes not only prevent dehydration after training but also maintain blood volume, heart health, and reduces stress and muscle tension.
Bohemian Bliss Tropical Smoothie Recipe
Total Time: 3 minutes Serves: 1
1/2 cup pineapple
1/2 cup mango
1 cup spinach
1/4 cup coconut flakes
1/3 cup almonds
1 tsp flax seed
10-12 goji berries
8oz bottle of coconut water
1. Place all ingredients in your blender and blend until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed
2. Pour smoothie into your favorite glass and enjoy!
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