Here is another beautiful pastel Spring Smoothie! I love when I end up with a smoothie that is nutritious, delicious AND nice to look at! Sometimes I make smoothies that end up looking like swamp water, and people at work are like “uhhh, what’s that..”, and I have to defend it’s honour by declaring how delicious it is! It’s nice when I don’t have to do that 🙂
The beautiful pastel colour of this smoothie is just perfect for Spring! It’s also fitting for the season because it is very light and refreshing! We all know that watermelon is extremely hydrating, but it is also a great source of vitamins C and A, some B vitamins, and electrolytes. Watermelon isn’t the only ingredient in this smoothie that is great for your body; it also contains nutrient packed blueberries, hemp hearts and pumpkin seeds! All ingredients are listed below…
When food has such a naturally beautiful, vibrant colour, you know that it’s good for you! This smoothie isn’t just easy on the eyes, it’s the full package, loaded with yummy flavours and health benefits!
The colour, taste and benefits come from using a mixture of berries, including blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. As I have mentioned before, combining different types of berries is even better than just using one because they enhance each others antioxidant capacity! The antioxidant capacity of various fruits individually has been found to be less than the same amount of a mixture of fruits.
I’m going to continue showing matcha green tea some love with my second matcha recipe of the week! This smoothie is full of other great ingredients too, including the protein filled spirulina and chlorophyll packed wheat grass.
Matcha is 10 times more beneficial than green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content. It is made of straight, stoneground tea leaves, so you are consuming the entire leaf. The tea leaves are grown in the shade, which results in increased chlorophyll levels, turns the leaves a darker shade of green, and causes the production of amino acids. These altered growing conditions result in matcha having a sweeter taste than normal green tea.
Healthy smoothies are often sweetened with bananas, however I’ve read that bananas can increase mucus production… so when my sinus issues are really acting up I try to stay away from them. That is when I turn to grapes to help sweeten my veggie packed smoothies!
Another great benefit of using grapes is that when they are paired with blueberries, (as they are in this smoothie), they enhance each others antioxidant capacity! The antioxidant capacity of various fruits individually (apples, oranges, blueberries, grapes) has been found to be less than the same amount of a mixture of fruits.
Grapes are on the Dirty Dozen list, which means they have one of the highest concentrations of pesticide residue, so make sure you buy them organic!
*Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan*
This smoothie is very refreshing because of the cucumber and kiwi, and full of plant based protein from spirulina, hemp hearts and vega one powder.
- Spirulina – this blue-green algae is often called “nature’s most perfect food” as it is a complete protein, contains B vitamins, chlorophyll and other vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
- Hemp Hearts – full of protein and essential fatty acids, including linoleic acid, omega-6, and omega-3. It is also rich in vitamin E, calcium, potassium and magnesium
- Vega One Nutritional Shake – this plant based protein powder is vegan, gluten-free and has no added sugar. A single scoop has 15g of complete protein, and 2 servings of veggies