This delicious green goddess smoothie was first featured in the third part of theDitch the Sugar series.Try this low sugar smoothie to make your skin look ageless. It’s packed full of good for you ingredients, such as spinach, avocado, and sunflower seeds.
HEALTH AND BEAUTY BENEFITS OF BANANAS
This makes bananas one of the higher antioxidative foods.1Bananas contain silicon, which is a beautifying component for strong nails and hair. Vitamins such as A, C, and B all protect the skin from free radicals, as well as aid in maintaining the elasticity of the skin. Bananas can also help aid with dry, flaky skin. Bananas contain the antioxidant lutein, which boosts elasticity of the skin, as well as increase sebum production. This helps the skin lock in moisture. You can read more about the, health and beauty benefits of bananas.
Spinach is a superfood packed with good for you nutrients. This dark leafy green is one of my absolute favorites to add into my diet. I love to toss some into my eggsin the morning and even throw a handful or two into my smoothies. This surprisingly low calorie veggie is brimming full of nutrient dense vitamins and minerals essential for your body to remain healthy. One of the main reasons I adore spinach is for its great iron content. Try pairing any iron rich food with a vitamin C rich food to help your body absorb more of the iron content. Even just a splash of lime or lemon juice will aid in higher iron absorption. Another key benefit of spinach is for healthy hair growth and regulating your oil production of your skin.
Spinach is also a great source of magnesium and calcium. Magnesium is key in regulating your blood pressure levels so whenever you add in a handful or two of spinach to any of your favorite dishes, know that you will gain the benefits of helping to regulate your blood pressure.
This is the perfect Mother’s Day dessert. The gentle sweetness of this delicious grain-free olive oil cake truly must be experienced to understand how amazing this tastes. Bonus: It’s healthier than your traditional olive oil cake recipe.
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon grated zest (1 medium orange)
1/4 cup applesauce
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 cup sugar (coconut sugar is my favorite)
4 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
whipped cream with berries
sugar glaze *check out notes
1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Rub a tablespoon of olive oil along the bottom and sides of a 9-inch cake pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Then rub an additional tablespoon of olive oil all over the top of the parchment paper.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, vanilla extract, sugar, maple syrup, orange juice, orange zest, applesauce, and eggs. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: almond flour, gluten-free all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
3. Stir in the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until the batter is well combined.
4. Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan, smoothing out the top layer. Place into the preheated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes. Around the 40-minute time, check to make sure that the top is not too golden. If so, tent the cake pan with aluminum foil. Continue to bake for the remaining 5 minutes. Use a toothpick or small knife to check that the cake is still not wet on the inside. If it comes out clean, it’s ready to remove from the oven.
5. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely, roughly about 20-30 minutes. When removing it from the cake pan, loosen the edges with a knife and invert the pan onto a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar and decorate with some fresh orange slices, or serve with whipped cream. You can even try a vanilla frosting. See notes if you prefer to top with a sugar glaze.
Sugar glaze recipe:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk of choice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine all the above ingredients and use as a glaze for various cakes and pastries.
CONNECT AND LET’S DISCUSS THE LOOK AGELESS GREEN GODDESS SMOOTHIE RECIPE
Did you try this green goddess smoothie during the ditch the sugar series? I would love to hear if your family loves this smoothie recipe as much as mine does. Let me know in the comments below. You can also connect with me @Eat_Your_Nutrition on Instagram. I love seeing your photos. #EatYourNutrition #LauraVillanueva
High Content of Dopamine, a Strong Antioxidant, in Cavendish Banana Kazuki Kanazawa* and and Hiroyuki Sakakibara Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2000 48 (3), 844-848 DOI: 10.1021/jf9909860
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