Peanut Butter and Veggies Power Packed Smoothie : Sip + Feel Incredible Smoothie Series

This tasty smoothie is power packed with antioxidants, cancer preventing phytonutrients, and a family favorite that really makes it taste delicious- peanut butter! I love this smoothie because it is a great way to "trick" the non-veggie loving people (your hubby, child, friend, or yourself) into getting these important fruits and veggies in their diet without even realizing it! I'm not saying you should trick anyone into drinking this but if you did they would be thanking you later! 

 

The ingriedients list (for approximately 3 servings):

1 organic starfruit
1/2 organic medium cucumber
1 organic haas avocado
1/4 pound organic strawberries
1/4 pint organic blueberries
3 large leaves of cabbage
2 cups spinach
3 tbsp peanut butter
1/2 cup pineapple (and any juice from the pineapple)
1/2 cup to 1 cup of milk (I use almond milk) to bring the smoothie to your desired consistency



Here's a little more information about what you are really sipping down while enjoying this treat:

Starfruit is not only super cute and fun as a decoration (wish I would have remembered to save a piece to garnish my smoothie, instead I used pineapple!), it's also rich in antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin C. You will be glad to know that this adorable munchie food is low in sugar, sodium, and acid and is also a potent source of both antioxidant and antimicrobial activities helping your body to function.

Cucumber is rich in phytonutrients, they provide us with valuable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. These tasty little extras are kind of like my personal version of ice cubes in my smoothie. I like to store them near the back of the fridge so they are colder and chop them up into cube type shapes, the amount of moisture they add to the smoothie is perfect and they keep it at a cold temperature while having to run the blender for a while.

Avocado, as you probably already know, is an excellent source of healthful fats, but this whole food may also have other unique health benefits you weren't aware of . The main benefits obtained from this tasty green are assistance with weight management, controlling diabetes, and it also enhances your body’s absorption of important nutrients.


Strawberries are an incredibly tasty and unique combination of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, it's not surprising to learn that strawberries benefit your health in these major areas: cardiovascular support and prevention of cardiovascular diseases, improved regulation of blood sugar, with decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, and prevention of certain cancer types including breast, cervical, colon, and esophageal cancer.

These tasty berries are healthy competition for nature's candy: the blueberry! These little blue fruits health benefits are literally through the roof. Blueberries are rich in phytonutrients. These phytonutrients function both as antioxidants and as anti-inflammatory compounds in the body, and they are responsible for many of the well-documented health benefits we get from regular consumption of blueberries. These health benefits include: Whole body antioxidant support, cardiovascular benefits, cognitive benefits, blood sugar benefits, eye health, and anti-cancer benefits.

Cabbage- With 475 studies examining the role of this cruciferous vegetable in cancer prevention (and in some cases, cancer treatment) it's safe to say that it is SUPER healthy and an important part of your diet. The uniqueness of cabbage in cancer prevention is due to the three different types of nutrient richness found in this widely enjoyed food. The three types are antioxidant richness, anti-inflammatory richness, and richness in glucosinolates. 

Spinach- We all know that Popeye made himself super strong by eating spinach, but you may be surprised to learn that he may also have been helping to protect himself against inflammatory problems, oxidative stress-related problems, cardiovascular problems, bone problems, and several different cancers at the same time.

Whipped Creamy Peanut Butter- Peanut butter offers a nutrient-rich addition to your smoothie. It has the health benefits of Fiber, Potassium, Healthy Fats, Protein and this particular kind of Whipped Peanut Butter also features less calories than your average PB! 


{I obtained most of my nutritional information from whfoods.com and Peter Pan's website.}

7 Comments

  1. This sounds so delicious. It's recipes like these that make me miss peanut butter. I haven't had any since my pregnancy. My son is allergic. diesel_had_my_baby@yahoo.com

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  2. Wow, I love peanut butter, so I'm going to have to try this!

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  3. I've used all of these in smoothies except for the whipped peanut butter and the star fruit. Never had star fruit before.

    a relative comment: my sister would like this. (perhaps you meant a relevant comment?)

    slehan at juno dot com

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  4. I really like the food ingredients. I eat all this and love the flavors.

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  5. Even though It doesn't seem like I'd like the cabbage and cucumbers in anything, I do crazy LOVE all fruit which I consider nature's CANDY and also love peanut butter (I'd be sure to use one that contains no hydrogenated oils ) and like almond milk and absolutely LOVE avocado, that maybe so many ingredients that I do love so much would "hide" the taste of the cabbage and cucumber enough that I would love it anyway. A very good possibility and I am really into eating and drinking high anti oxidant both for health and longevity and anti aging too. Thanks for sharing the recipe. : )
    manifestmiracles@live.com

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  6. I really like to drink smoothies for breakfast because they are so easy to make. You can also make them with veggies and fruit and get the amount of those that you need for your day.

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  7. My new year resolution is to lose the muffin top so I know I need to be more open-minded about smoothies with vegetables in them. Just the idea is so weird! But I have lots of friends making these types of smoothies, and investing in juicers. I need to try them. I'm so used to old-fashioned fruit smoothies!

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