If you’ve been to this site before, you probably already know that I’m a big fan of Green Smoothies – I’ve been having them for breakfast pretty much every day for the past several years. For a long time, I pretty much settled on one recipe that I had all the time. But the past several months I’ve been playing with variations. This morning I found myself looking at a watermelon that we bought about a week ago. Hmm – what might a smoothie taste like that started with watermelon? I tried it out, and the answer is – AMAZING! I love the flavor of watermelon anyway, and it really comes through in the smoothie I created. As it happens, this smoothie is also a wonderful detoxifying drink, which makes it perfect to kick off the three day raw detox I’m starting this morning.
Refreshing Watermelon Smoothie Recipe (serves 2) :
– 3 cups water
– 150 grams of fresh kale
– 400 grams of watermelon (not the rind)
– 1 frozen banana
– 1 cup frozen mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
– 6 frozen strawberries
Add watermelon and kale to water, blend til totally broken down (10-20 seconds in a Vitamix). Add frozen fruits, blend again til smooth. Pour equally into two bottles. Note: you can replace the kale with parsley, spinach, chard, or other dark leafy greens. Try it and see what you like.
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Nutritional breakdown (per serving) [nutritiondata.com]
This food is low in Sodium, and very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6, Potassium and Copper, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese
– glycemic load ~15 (very low – that’s good!)
– inflammation factor ~248 (very high – that’s good too!)
– calories 200
– fat 1 grams
– protein 5 grams
– dietary fiber 8 grams
– Vitamin A 256% DV
– Vitamin C 234% DV
– Vitamin K 784% DV
– Thiamin 13% DV
– Riboflavin 13% DV
– Niacin 11% DV
– Vitamin B6 28% DV
– Folate 15% DV
– Calcium 15% DV
– Iron 14% DV
– Magnesium 20% DV
– Phosphorus 10% DV
– Potassium 26% DV
– Copper 24% DV
– Manganese 68% DV
– Phytosterols ~13mg
Bonus – watermelon contains high levels of lycopene – an antioxidant that may help the body fight cancer and prevent disease; kale contains the glucosinolate isothiocyanate (ITC), and the flavonoids kaempferol and quercitin – all of which have been effective in cancer prevention.
Are you a smoothie-lover?
Have you tried adding leafy greens to your smoothies?
Do you want the benefits of a detox, without having to live on lemon juice and maple syrup?
What’s your favorite smoothie recipe?