Bananaless green smoothie - a must for anemia or ulcer sensitivity! - BiaWell

     Do you want to try an yogurt free smoothie? Or banana free blend? Or even have an ulcer sensitive stomach? Not a problem. Here is a tasty and nutritious smoothie recipe loaded with protein, iron, calcium, vitamin C and good fat. I am sure it will satisfy your taste bud, take care of your daily nutrition requirement and will take you step closer to your complete wellness.

     What is complete wellness? It is living healthy, being fit and stress-free - only than you will be able to explore what your life has to offer. First thing comes in mind is health - there is a quote in my language: "Your real wealth is your own health". 

     However busy you are, you must spare at least 45 minutes for your fitness routine per day. Same rule applies to health routine - you will think what is it? Yes I call it - my health routine. You should spend some minutes for your home prepared snacks and lunches. It includes: making your own coffee to smoothie bowl for lunch, washing your fruits for snacks to preparing your quick quinoa salad.

     As they don't have any hem iron source in their diet, most of the vegan people have low iron count. Vitamin C in citrus helps to absorb that iron in your body, so vegans must combine iron rich food with citrus to take most out of it. How if you have acidic stomach and vegan? Just replace that citrus with another non citrus and rich in vitamin C vegetable like kale, it will take away that sour taste and replace vitamin C.   
  
     We see lots of healthy foods and recipes  around, what is healthy for you - may not be that beneficial for others, it varies from person to person. As for example - oranges are healthy, we all know it, however people with acid re-flux or ulcer sensitivity have to be careful with that fruit. And so is true for citrus smoothies

A must try smoothie for anemic and ulcer sensitive people
    
       I never liked any smoothie recipe before. Either it was too sour for me or was same old taste. Being a health cautious, I can't avoid smoothies completely. So whenever I got chance, I was re-thinking some of the smoothie recipes I had tried. I was hoping for a miracle ingredient to make my smoothies tasty without compromising its health benefit.

      One day, I thought of adding a kind of spice mixture - called "ChaatMasala" to my smoothie. It is a blend of spices like: cumin, coriander, thymol seeds/ ajwain, dry ginger, black pepper, rock salt, green mango powder and asafetida. Not only it gives a tangy taste to my smoothies, makes them easy to digest, too.

     I am using this ChaatMasala in my salads and smoothies. It is also great on fruits salads or  in club soda. I made my own ChaatMasala, I will add that recipe later on.

     While experimenting with my diet based on this smoothie - Chaat Masala fusion, I came up with this green smoothie. It is nutritious and tasty! With good fat from Avocado, 10% of Calcium, 10% Iron and about 11g protein per serving, it is able to keep you full for longer. 

It is in my routine now. I can't go a day without it.

Ingredients:

1/6 avocado
1/6 Avocado Waitrose 68 Calories per serving

1/4 cup cottage cheese (washed in mesh to take sour taste out)
1/4 cup Cottage Cheese, Lowfat, 2% Milkfat 51 Calories per serving

1/4 cup frozen cherry (or berry of your choice - I went with less sour option)
1/4 cup Cherries, Sweet Frozen, Sweetened 58 Calories per serving

0.66 cup spinach
0.66 cup Spinach Raw 5 Calories per serving

0.66 cup kale
0.66 cup Kale Raw 22 Calories per serving

6 oz water
6 oz Water 0 Calories per serving

1 pinch salt (used half tsp ChaatMasala instead - my magic ingredient!)
1 pinch Salt, Table 0 Calories per serving

1 tsp honey (optional if using sweetened berry)
1 tsp Honey, Strained Or Extracted 21 Calories per serving  

     Add  about 6 oz. - 8 oz. of water as per your desired consistency. From thicker smoothie, can make smoothie bowl. Top it with granola or chopped nuts.

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories
224
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.8g
10%
Saturated Fat 2.1g
10%
Cholesterol 5mg
2%
Sodium 427mg
19%
Total Carbohydrate 30.5g
11%
Dietary Fiber 4.7g
17%
Total Sugars 19.3g
Protein 11.1g
Vitamin D 0mcg
0%
Calcium 135mg
10%
Iron 2mg
10%
Potassium 679mg
14%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition


Any suggestions to make this smoothie healthier are welcomed. How about if we add almond milk?
Bananaless iron rich green smoothie with almond milk.
Yes, I did try it with about 6 oz of almond milk. It adds up to calcium content and rich texture. 

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