July 29, 2013

Banana - Spinach Healthy Smoothie

So...if you follow me on Instagram you probably already know I've been working on a -really cool- video for the blog. Ok, not me, my awesome friend Elisa...who, btw, I wish had a blog so I could link you guys to her stuff; she’s really cool and talented. Anyways, I was hoping to get the video done by Friday, except that I got sick. I’m all good now but I haven’t been able to meet with her to finish the last details of the video.

The real thing I've been avoiding to tell you is that, ehmm...ok, here comes a confession: I’m posting a recipe I did over 2 months ago. I had saved it for “emergencies” and since I didn't want to leave you guys without a post for so long *aww!*, I’m posting it today. They are not my favorites pictures in the world. I would’ve loved adding some of those cool straws like the ones I used here and here.

Going to the point already, back in Montreal this green yummy smoothie is one of my favorite quick dinners, especially when I had a late lunch and I’m not too hungry in the evening. It’s high in fiber, nutrients and flavor. You can also have it as a breakfast or snack.

Here are 5 things you probably didn't know about bananas*:

1. Even though they are known for their high value of potassium, a cup of baked beans, cantaloupe and tomato juice have way more potassium than bananas. Spinach does too, so you’re more than great with this smoothie.
2. A low content of potassium is often related to muscle cramps. This might be the reason why yogis love eating bananas.
3. Bananas are not as high in sugar as you might think. Their glycemic load (measure of the food’s effect on blood sugar) is 12, which is considered to be in the lower medium-category.
4. The inner peel is very rich in nutrients so try to keep it in your smoothie.
5. Bananas contain FOS (fructooligosaccharides), which are the “food” for the good bacteria in our guts, such as the known Probiotics. 

Serves 2-3 smoothies
-2 medium-large bananas
-2 cups spinach
-3/4 cup rolled oats
-2 tablespoons sugar
-1 ½ cups water + more to taste.

1) Add the first 4 ingredients in a blender and start by adding 1 ½ cups of water.
2) Blend and add more water until you reach your desired thickness.

3) Serve it, drink it, enjoy it! 

*Bananas' benefits based on: The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, by Jonny Bowden.