Protein Rich Green Coconut Smoothie

collard and hemp smoothie

I confess that I don’t always eat as many greens and veggies as I’d like to, which is why I love to drink green smoothies and green juices so much. It is the easiest way for me to consume more veggies.

Collard greens are highly nutritious , they are rich in folate, vitamin C, vitamin A, amazingly high levels of vitamin-K, as well as many vital B-complex groups of minerals such as niacin (vitamin B-3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and riboflavin. In addition the leaves and stems contain minerals like calcium, copper, iron, manganese, selenium and zinc. Since I  don’t do a whole lot with collard greens, smoothies are a great way incorporate this nutritious food into my diet.

I love coconut water, but admit it’s pretty hard to find fresh coconut, so I buy packaged coconut water. Coconut water is mineral rich and a great drink to restore electrolyte balance. Many coconut waters have additives, so be sure to check the label before purchase.

Hempseeds are a source of easily digestible proteins and are perfectly balanced with a three to one omega 6 to omega 3 ratio. They also contain GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid), essential amino acids, antioxidants, calcium, carotene, chlorophyll, copper, fiber, iron, magnesium, phospholipids, phosphorous, phytosterols, potassium, vitamins B1, B2, B6, D, E, and zinc. In addition, one tablespoon of hemp seeds contains 40 calories, 152 milligrams of potassium, 2.3 grams of carbohydrates, 1.6 grams of fiber and 5.3 grams of protein along with 13 percent your daily need for iron of and about 8 percent of your daily vitamin A. Hemp protein powders contain about 30 calories per tablespoon, 3 grams of carbohydrates, 2.6 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein.  (1)

Ingredients

1-1/2 C. Coconut water

1-1/2 C. Filtered water

2 C. Collards

2 Stalks celery

1 Granny Smith apple, cored

1/2 Cucumber

6 Tbsp. Hempseed

Place all ingredients in a vitamix or other high speed blender and blend till smooth and creamy.

Enjoy!

 

          

References:

Nutrients per Tablespoon of Hemp Protein. (n.d.). Retrieved December 09, 2017, from http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/nutrients-per-tablespoon-hemp-protein-5018.html

 

 

 

 

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