When it comes to making smoothies, you have tons of options (seriously, here's a bunch of ideas). But that doesn't mean you should just throw a mish-mash of ingredients together. Not when you can make a recipe that gives every ingredient a specific purpose—and you a big health benefit. Check out why we chose these particular ingredients, then get sipping.
Banana: Bananas contain potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6, which support kidney, bone, and cardiovascular health.
Ginger: Ginger is a root that has anti-inflammatory properties, plus it's an excellent digestive tract soother. (Check out these other anti-inflammatory foods.)
Almond butter: Almonds add protein and deliver a variety of minerals, including magnesium and manganese. They can help protect against cardiovascular disease, ward off hunger, and may even help you lose weight. (Here are 6 more reasons you should eat nut butter.)
Hemp seeds: Hemp seeds are one of the best sources of plant-based protein to add to a smoothie because not only are they very easy to digest (unlike some other protein powders), they also contain omega-3 fatty acids, which provide anti-inflammatory benefits. Try to use the whole seed instead of hemp protein powder, as whole seeds retain more fiber, protein, and flavor than the powder.
Water: Use water as a base instead of a high-calorie juice, coconut water, or highly processed nut milk. It'll save you calories, hydrate your cells, and support your digestive system.
Almond Ginger Monkey Smoothie
- 2 frozen bananas*
- 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled
- 1 tablespoon organic raw almond butter or 1/4 cup raw almonds
- 3 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 2 cups water
Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
*For an extra-creamy smoothie, freeze overripe bananas by peeling them, breaking into halves or quarters, and freezing in a ziplock bag.