Friday, August 30, 2013

Peach, Blueberry & Banana Green Smoothie

This week's green smoothie of leftover produce wasn't anything fancy, but sure turned out to be good. We often will make a green smoothie with blueberries and bananas, but this was the first time I added peaches, and they made a really great addition.  Our fresh peaches got yucky pretty quickly this week, so into the Vitamix they went!

Peach, Blueberry & Banana Green Smoothie

makes ~5 8oz servings


5 large organic kale leaves, stems removed
2 organic peaches, pitted
1 banana
1/2 cup organic blueberries
3/4 cup orange juice
1 cup cold water
1 cup ice


1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until liquified and there are no visible pieces of ice

2. Pour in a glass and enjoy!

What are the nutritional benefits of this smoothie? Kale is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K. It is also a good source of minerals calcium, copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorous. Peaches are high in  fiber, vitamins A and C, and the mineral potassium. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium and vitamin C, and contain a prebiotic substance called fructooligosaccharide which ferments in the digestive tract, encouraging the growth of probiotics, and enhancing the absorption of calcium in the body. Orange juice tops it off with even more vitamin C.

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