I like to start my mornings with a smoothie. It’s especially refreshing when the weather is hot or just after a workout.
On a Daniel Fast, making a smoothie is a great way to enjoy the mouth-watering fruit God has given us. If you’re brave, you can add vegetables as well to make a green smoothie. Now before you wrinkle up your nose at the thought, hear me out! Green smoothies are not as bad as you might think! They’re actually quite good. The sweetness of the fruit is usually so overpowering that you can’t taste most greens (unless they’re especially pungent, such as with arugula).
Blueberry Mango Smoothie tastes like a Hawaiian drink you’d sip on the beach. It’s satisfying and filling, and your body will be energized by the vast array of nutrients it provides.
Blueberry Mango Smoothie
1 cup water or unasweetened almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, or soy milk
1 cup fresh or frozen mango chunks
1 fresh or frozen banana, peeled, sliced
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal, optional
1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Yield: 1 serving (serving size: about 8 ounces or 1 cup)
- Make sure at least one fruit is frozen to have a chilled smoothie. You can also use ice.
- To freeze bananas, remove peels before placing in freezer. Put in a plastic zip-top bag until completely frozen.
- Pour into popsicle molds for a tasty treat!
- Make this recipe into a “green” smoothie by adding 1 cup chopped kale or spinach leaves.
- Add 1 teaspoon spirulina powder. Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids (antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage). It contain B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid).
- Flaxseed meal is a powder made from ground flaxseeds. It is high in fiber and a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids.