Pineapple, Spinach & Ginger Smoothie

 

Pineapple, Spinach & Ginger smoothie

I do love a smoothie and love creating different flavour combinations but this has to be my favourite or at least in my top five.  It is great for digestive health due to the ingredients and I made it when I was recovering from a bout of gastroenteritis and I certainly think this helped me recover quicker than what I normally would.*

Pineapple and ginger just seem to work so well together and I like a LOT of ginger in my smoothies as I love the heat it gives (plus it’s great for digestive health) however, if you are not a fan of ginger just put in a small amount to begin with.

I’ve added spirulina to this smoothie and that is optional as I know not everyone has it in their cupboards.  Spirulina is definitely an acquired taste but you can’t taste it in this smoothie I just added it for its benefits as among other things it feeds good bacteria in the gut.

Pineapple is chock full of goodness for your body.  It can help boost a man’s fertility due to the mineral manganese it contains, it also contains a significant amount of Vitamin C.

However, the star of the show in pineapple is the proteolytic enzyme bromelain which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and astringent which makes it a great choice if you have a sore throat and the anti-inflammatory properties have shown potential in treating and preventing conditions like arthritis and help recovery from sports injuries.

The bromelain is a great digestive aid and pineapple juice can ease symptoms of the inflammatory bowel condition colitis.

*Whilst this smoothie was beneficial for me when I was recovering from gastroenteritis, everyone is different and if you are unwell you should seek advice from a medical professional.

If using fresh pineapple add a handful of ice before blending to make the smoothie nice and cold.

Ingredients

-1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple

-2 cups baby spinach

-1 thumb size piece of ginger, peeled & roughly chopped

-1/2 avocado

-1/4 English cucumber, roughly chopped

-1/2 to 3/4 cup coconut milk (or any dairy free milk you prefer)

-1 tsp. spirulina powder, optional

 

How To Make

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

Enjoy!

 


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