May 19, 2013 by Shelley Alexander
This luscious green smoothie will transport you to a beautiful tropical island with its blend of juicy pineapple, sweet banana, refreshing lime, creamy avocado, leafy greens, and spicy ginger!
I put together this smoothie recipe with some wonderful skin loving, anti-aging, healing foods that work together synergistically providing great taste and major health benefits. Healing foods that have the added bonus of slowing down the aging process are some of my favorite foods to eat on a weekly basis.
Anyone who believes that healthy foods are bland and boring needs to make this recipe. The sweet, fruity taste and creamy texture makes it hard to believe that something so delicious is also really healthy.
One of my go-to nut milks to use in smoothies is Brazil nut milk. This yummy milk adds a wonderful creaminess that makes this smoothie taste like a milkshake. The tasty recipe for this vanilla Brazil nut milk comes from my new cookbook Deliciously Holistic: which is available for $15.57 on Amazon right now.
Pineapple is one of those tropical fruits that I crave. It’s sweet flavor and juicy texture is so great to enjoy on its own or in variety of different recipes. Pineapple is a wonderful fruit to eat for radiant, healthy skin due to the high amount of nutrition it contains. Pineapple is high in vitamin C and manganese which are two important nutrients that protect your skin against aging. Pineapple has a special enzyme called bromelain which helps promote healthy digestion by breaking down protein. Bromelain is also a potent anti-inflammatory along with an aid for better circulation.
Bananas are well known for their high potassium content but they are also an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin B6 which are important vitamins for keeping your skin youthful and well moisturized. Freezing the banana before using in the smoothie helps to make the smoothie cold and creamy.
Turmeric is one of my top choices for fighting inflammation and cleansing the blood. Turmeric’s potent health benefits are due to the presence of the antioxidant curcumin which has been widely studied and praised for its beneficial properties. Clean blood and reduction of inflammation = ageless, beautiful, glowing skin.
Brazil nuts are one of the best sources for selenium an important mineral for vibrant health. Selenium is a potent anti-inflammatory which helps protect your body from degenerative diseases that promote aging.
If you want to reap all the benefits of eating for both health and taste, try this anti-aging smoothie for your next breakfast or snack.
If you are eating really healthy foods but still having issues with your health and chronic inflammation, you need to find out if you have sensitivities or intolerances to the foods you’re eating. The foods which we put in our body on a daily basis can either help protect against sickness, inflammation, and aging or increase it.
That’s why it’s important for everyone to make food and lifestyle choices that enhance your health. The Alcat test is a very reliable way to find out exactly what foods, food additives, medicinal herbs, functional foods, food colorings, molds, and chemicals you have sensitivities to so you can eliminate them from your life and start to heal.
I hope that you enjoy my recipe and make it often so you can protect your body against aging. What’s your favorite smoothie blend? Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment below.
Share this recipe with family and friends and let’s all get healthy and radiant together!
Anti-Aging Pineapple Banana Green Smoothie
Raw Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free
3 cups vanilla Brazil nut milk (recipe follows)
2 cups frozen pineapple chunks (cut into chunks and freeze)
1 frozen banana (cut into slices and freeze)
½ small avocado (pitted and skin removed)
2 cups organic romaine lettuce
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon lime juice
1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy immediately!
Vanilla Brazil Nut Milk
Raw Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free
Makes around 4½ cups
3 cups filtered or spring water
1¼ cups raw Brazil nuts—soaked 1 hour, rinsed and drained
3 pitted soft dates, 3 tablespoons coconut sugar, or stevia to taste
Seeds from 1 vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1. Blend all ingredients with one of the sweeteners listed in the recipe in a high speed blender until creamy and smooth. Strain with a nut bag or fine mesh strainer.
2. Drink milk as is or use to blend into smoothies. Milk will last for 3-5 days covered in the refrigerator.