Drinking the Banana Ginger Smoothie is a great way to start your morning. It contains five super healthy ingredients that will switch your body to fat-burning mode. This simple smoothie will also provide numerous important nutrients, like fiber and protein, both of which will make you feel full longer.
How To Make a Healthy Smoothie
- Flaxseed is rich in fiber, which helps reduce cravings, especially for high-calorie foods. This can be very helpful for those who are trying to lose weight, as cravings are the biggest obstacle to achieving this goal. Also, eating meals with good fiber content will significantly improve your digestion.
- Blueberries are packed with powerful cancer-fighting antioxidants, and Vitamin C. They also have a high fiber to calorie ratio, with 14% of your daily fiber for every 100 calories.
- Bananas also have numerous health benefits. They are full of potassium and vitamin C, nutrients that will help reduce your blood pressure and improve your immune system. Bananas are also a great source of fiber, such as resistant starch which is good for satiating your hunger.
- Ginger is well known for its ability to reduce hunger and appetite. Also, the active compounds found in this healing spice will provide a significant boost to your metabolism.
- Spinach is rich in numerous essential nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and magnesium. Our body needs all of these nutrients in high quantities due to their many health-boosting properties, such as the ability to make the bones stronger and improve eyesight.
Note: You are free to use frozen spinach if you want to extend the shelf life and still keep the nutrient content.
Banana Ginger Smoothie
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
- 2 tbsps. ground flaxseed
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- One frozen ripe banana
- One tbsp. grated ginger
- ½ cup of baby spinach
- Optional: If you want to increase the amount of protein, add a serving of your favorite protein powder.
Instructions: Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
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