Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothie
Here’s a guest video post by my friend Aimee DuFresne – “The Vitality Expert”. I met Aimee at a recent function where another friend introduced us to tell us we had to share blog posts. Aimee has done a great video here. Quick and simple – just like I like them.
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 banana, fresh
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup fresh or frozen blackberries
- 1-1/2 cup fresh baby spinach
- Place water into a blender
- Add remaining ingredients
- Place cover on blender
- Set blender to high speed
- Blend until smooth, stopping blender to stir when needed
Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothie Ingredients
Water is the building block of smoothies. Water can thin out smoothie that is too thick to drink, and mellow or temper the high acidic values in many other ingredients.
Water so readily available now in many forms, from expensive to plain tap water, should never be overlooked as an important element for your smoothies.
Bananas are a primary component of many tasty smoothies. Bananas can be used fresh or frozen.
To freeze bananas, peel them and break them into chunks. Place them into freezer bags for later use. Frozen bananas help thicken smoothies better than fresh bananas.
Bananas add plenty of potassium to your diet, as well as iron, magnesium and vitamin B6.
Cinnamon is a spice that is ground from the bark of the cinnamon tree. It adds a sweet spicy taste to smoothies.
Cinnamon not only adds taste. It also has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy. Cinnamon is claimed to have anti-clotting properties. It helps to regulate blood sugar by slowing the release of food from the stomach. Finally, it has antiseptic properties that aid in the prevention of urinary tract infections.
Spice up any smoothie or drink with a touch of cinnamon!
Blackberries are sweet little fruits that are oh-so-healthy. They can be eaten in many ways: stand alones, added ingredients to smoothies, yogurts, waffles, and so on. Blackberries can be used frozen or freshly picked. They promote healthy hearts and digestive tracts and can help in cancer prevention.
Select blackberries that are without mold and bruises. Smell them too to determine freshness. The best blackberries to use in your smoothie are deep colored ones as they are sure to have great flavor.
Spinach is a deeply green colored leaf vegetable that grows from the ground. The shape is as different as the types of spinach that are grown.
The latest trend is to use immature “baby” leaves which are more tender and sweet in the uncooked variety.
If fresh is simply not available, then choose frozen varieties for more constant flavor and texture.
Spinach is full of antioxidants and anti-cancer constituents. One cup of spinach is only 23 calories. This also constitutes 25% percent of needed daily intake of iron.
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PS: If you love making smoothies, I have to recommend that you pick up a copy of The Ultimate Smoothie Book: 130 Delicious Recipes for Blender Drinks, Frozen Desserts, Shakes, and More! It’s packed full of information and lots of recipes.
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