Green Machine Copycat Smoothie
- 2C apples
- 1C pineapple juice
- 3/4 cup broccoli florets
- 3/4 cup spinach, lightly packed
- 3/4 cup kale, lightly packed
- 1/2 cup mango, can be frozen
- 1 kiwi
- 1/2 banana
- Ginger root
Carbohydrates 25 grams
Fiber…Apples are high in fiber—both insoluble and soluble. A single medium-sized apple contains about four grams of fiber…4 grams…17%DV….which is important for helping to manage blood pressure, reducing your risk of heart disease, helping you stay “full” and as a result helping you lose weight, lowering blood sugar levels and boosting digestive function.
Vitamin C…Vitamin C is great for your immune system, helping your body to protect itself against infections and diseases. Apples also provide 2–4% of the RDI for other vitamins and minerals—including manganese, iron, copper, and the vitamins A, E, B1, B2, and B6.
We all know what a pineapple is, but did you know that for centuries pineapples were so rare that only very wealthy people could afford to buy them and that people would even rent pineapples simply to display at dinner parties. But did you know just how healthy pineapple and pineapple juice are for you?!…(more on pineapple coming soon)…
Nutritional Value…A 1 cup serving of unsweetened pineapple juice contains:
- Calories: 132
- Protein: less than 1 gram
- Fat: less than 1 gram
- Carbs: 33 gram
- Sugars: 25 grams
- Fiber: less than 1 gram
- Vitamins…Vitamin B6: 15%DV…Vitamin C: 100%DV
- Minerals…Manganese: 55%DV…Copper: 19%DV…Thiamine: 12%DV…Folate: 11%DV…Potassium: and Magnesium: 7%DV
Bromelain…But more importantly, pineapple and pineapple juice are the only major dietary source of bromelain, a group of enzymes that has been linked to health benefits for centuries…for such benefits as reducing inflammation, improving digestion, and strengthening your immune system, and improving recovery from infections—such as pneumonia, sinusitis, and bronchitis—especially when used in combination with antibiotics.
Anti-inflammatory Properties…Pineapple juice, as mentioned above, contains bromelain, an enzyme, which serves as an anti-inflammatory agent.
This means that pineapple juice triggers your body’s ability to…find relief from inflammatory bowel disorders, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis..heal surgical wounds or deep burns…minimize sinus congestion…protect itself from harmful, diarrhea-causing bacteria—reduce swelling…reduce the level of inflammation and pain caused by surgery, sports injuries, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis…relieve pain…treat the symptoms of arthritis
Asthma…Pineapple juice contains beta-carotene, an antioxidant that converts into vitamin A during digestion and can both prevent and relieve the symptoms of asthma…bromelain which fights off inflammation…as well as vitamin C.
Blood Pressure…The bromelain found in pineapple and pineapple juice is also helpful in regulating blood pressure levels. Not only that, pineapple juice also contains a high level of potassium, a nutrient that can help reduce hypertension, protect overall cardiovascular health, and reduce your risk of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes.
Cancer…Not only can bromelain help with asthma and blood pressure, but bromelain has other potential health benefits…including the potential to help fight cancer by helping to prevent the formation of tumors, reduce their size, or even cause the death of cancerous cells.
Digestion…The enzymes in pineapple juice help break protein into smaller subunits, such as amino acids and small peptides, which can then be more easily absorbed in your gut and may particularly help those people whose pancreas cannot make enough digestive enzymes on its own. Not only that, these enzymes may also help protect your gut from harmful, diarrhea-causing bacteria, such as E. coli and V. cholera.
Eye Care…Drinking juices, such as pineapple juice and orange juice, that contain vitamin C regularly protects your overall vision as you age and also prevents many vision-related problems such as cataracts.
Fertility...Pineapple juice has a rich blend of nutrients including potassium, vitamin C, and a range of B vitamins. These have all been linked with increased fertility in both men and women, and a positive boost in reproductive hormones.
Heart…The bromelain found in pineapple juice is good for your heart. It may help reduce high blood pressure, prevent the formation of blood clots, and minimize the severity of health conditions caused by heart disease.
Immune System...Pineapple and pineapple juice are rich in vitamins and minerals—especially vitamin C, a very powerful antioxidant— that can kick-start your immune system and increase the production of white blood cells, the primary line of defense for the body. This means that consuming pineapple and pineappl juice will help you recover from viral and bacterial infections much more quickly.
Mood Swings…Pineapple and pineapple juice contain high amounts of vitamin B6, a vitamin that has been show to improve the symptoms of depression, help regulate hormones, and help with psychological problems—such as anxiety issues, mood swings, and depression.
Muscle Function…One hundred grams of pineapple juice contains 130 mg of potassium…which is important for maintaining fluid balance in the body, enabling nerve impulses, and helping you maintain optimal muscle function.
Skin Care...Pineapple juice is rich in beta-carotene and vitamin C, two antioxidants that help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and damage caused by the harmful UV rays and pollution.
Weight Management…Pineapple and pineapple juice are included in many detox diets because it acts as a natural diuretic—helping to release toxins from the body. Also, the bromelain found in pineapple juice help metabolize protein, burn excess fat in the abdominal area, reduce stomach bloating and fight belly fat.
1.Anti-inflammatory…Two cups of broccoli contains about 400 milligrams of omega-3, as much as one soft gel capsule of flax oil. Omega-3 sends signals to our inflammatory system whenever our bodies are threatened with dangerous levels of potential toxins or overly-reactive, oxygen-containing molecules, telling our brain to “kick in” and help protect from any possible damage and prevent the inflammatory system from going bonkers…
2. Antioxidant…Broccoli also contains vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that can act as an antioxidant—such as flavonoids, carotenoids, and beta-carotene…This means that broccoli can help your body fight against the many toxins that pose a risk to our cells.
3. Aging Process.No, broccoli can’t keep us from getting older…even though that would be nice…But it can help prevent age-related diseases because of these same antioxidant functions.