I know what you’re thinking, a spicy smoothie? Why not? It can’t all be berries, bananas and mango. Not everyone has a preference for sweet things and most want to shake up their routine a bit, so this spicy smoothie is a great option for something deliciously unexpected. One of the many amazing recipes from my book 175 Best Superfood Blender Recipes Using Your NutriBullet.
A deliciously intoxicating version of a Virgin Bloody Mary with tomatoes, green goodies and a little spicy kick from fresh ginger. As a source of lutein & zeaxanthin from the arugula and avocado, this smoothie promotes cardiovascular, skin and cognitive/brain health. Lutein is concentrated in the back of the eye to help reduce the risk for macular degeneration AND the brain concentrates lutein as well which has been shown to reduce the risk for cognitive decline, as well as, help older brains behalf more youthfully. The iodine in dulse supports the thyroid for a healthy metabolism.
Some of the ingredient highlights are:
Key nutrients: beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin K1, flavonols, glucosinolates, chlorophyll
Health-promoting properties: Lowers homocysteine and supports overall healthy gene expression, and cell division. Lowers blood pressure and supports appropriate blood clotting for wound repair. Stimulates the conversion of carcinogens into less harmful compounds and facilitates their elimination. Helps to bind various carcinogens such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) found in cigarette smoke, heterocyclic amines found in cooked meats, and aflatoxin, a toxin known to cause cancer produced by certain molds that can grow on improperly stored foods like cassava, chili peppers, corn, millet, rice, peanuts, sunflower seeds and other tree nuts, providing overall general risk reduction. Positively influences estrogen metabolism helping to keep it and its metabolites within a healthy range. Antibacterial properties.
Health conditions that benefit: Conditions with underlying inflammation such as CVD, pre-diabetes, diabetes, age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Reduces the risk for and may slow the progression of macular degeneration and cataracts and atherosclerosis. Supports overall liver health and its natural detoxification pathways. Reduces the risk for CVD, and the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure. Prevents and treats constipation and may help to manage hemorrhoids and diverticular disease. Low bone density and osteoporosis, may help to improve the quality and appearance skin, and slow skin aging and wrinkle formation. May help to treat H. pylori infection.
Key nutrients: alpha and beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, fiber, folate, potassium, and proanthocyanidins
Health-promoting properties: Antioxidant protection from free radicals with anti-inflammatory properties. Promotes regularity, supports gut bacteria (microbiota), and balances blood sugar and blood lipids like cholesterol and triglycerides. Controls appetite, lowers homocysteine, and supports a healthy heartbeat. Maintains healthy blood pressure, supports nerve transmission and reduces the risk for cancer, dementia, insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Health conditions that benefit: Any health condition where significant inflammation and oxidative damage can occur such as macular degeneration, cataracts, pre-diabetes, diabetes, dementia, CVD, and possibly autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and asthma. Supports healthy skin and lowers high blood pressure. Helps to prevent and treat constipation, hemorrhoids, and diverticular disease, kidney stones, osteoporosis. Prevents and treats megaloblastic anemia. Supports fetal development and a healthy pregnancy, and helps to manage overweight and obesity.
By using dulse powder instead of kosher salt, you’ll get some much needed iodine. Despite the fortification of table salt with iodine, many are not consistently getting enough to avoid a functional iodine deficiency. The iodine in table salt is very unstable and it is lost over time if the salt sits in the cupboard and many are staying away from table salt as a way to reduce their sodium intake but the amount of sodium in a pinch or two isn’t the problem, it’s the ton of sodium added to the food supply. A 7 g (1/4 oz) serving of dulse powder has an impressive 547 mg of potassium and 1170 mcg of iodine.
Spicy Tomato Avocado Smoothie
- 1 cup 250 ml packed arugula
- 1/2 avocado peeled and pitted
- 2 small heirloom or beefsteak tomatoes stem end removed
- 2-1/2 tsp 12 ml dried red chili pepper flakes
- 1 tbsp 15 ml Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp 5 ml dulse flakes
- 1 tsp 5 ml ground fresh ginger
- 3 to 4 ice cubes
- 1 cup 250 ml green tea, cooled
Use tall cup
Add arugula, avocado, tomatoes, chili pepper flakes, Worcestershire sauce, dulse flakes, ginger and ice cubes to the tall cup. Add green tea to the “Max Line.” Twist the extractor blade onto the cup to seal. Turn the cup upside down and press and turn cup into the power base for 20 seconds, or until smooth.
Remove the cup from the power base and twist off the extractor blade.
Choose tomatoes that have rich colors and smell sweet. There are many varieties of tomatoes with good nutrients have different colors. They should have a smooth skin with no cracks, bruises or soft spots. If you’re feeling adventurous and love spiciness, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or a peeled clove of garlic.
OPTIONAL NUTRITION BOOSTER
3 tbsp (45 mL) whey protein powder
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