Sometimes green smoothies get super bitter due to leafy greens. The trick is to balance them out with fruits and fruit juices. Knowing this is how the Tropical Green Smoothie was born!
Smoothies are such a great way to get in herbs, greens and veggies! One of the best parts about smoothies is that your greens are raw, providing even more nutrition than greens that have been cooked.
I love PINES Wheatgrass powder. It is easy to add nutrients to smoothies. I even made a Raw Vegan Coconut Pie with it.
Read my PINES Wheatgrass review here.
I chose to mix this blend up with some spices to make a cold, refreshing elixir of health! Yes, SPICES in the smoothie.
Chinese Five Spice blend includes Cinnamon, Star Anise, Fennel, Ginger, Cloves, White Pepper and Licorice Root. Technically, there are 7 spices in this Dynasty blend I have, but who’s counting?!
While it’s commonly believed that it gets it’s name because it contains 5 spices, the number actually refers to the 5 elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. In traditional Chinese medicine, these elements manifest themselves in various parts of the human anatomy and imbalances in these elements are said to be the cause of disease.
Various herbs and spices have been used for thousands of years to restore balance to these elements which is how 5 spice powder came into being. Today it’s used in a variety of roasted and braised meat dishes, but it’s probably most recognizable in the west as the main seasoning in Char Siu (Chinese barbecued pork).
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Frontier Curry Blend contains turmeric, paprika, fenugreek, coriander, black pepper, cumin, ginger, celery seed, cloves, caraway and cayenne.
There are lots of reasons why these spices are good for you, as well (read more here)
I tend to use this spice blend in cooking, so why not in a smoothie?! I promise you with this recipe you can get all the health benefits of the spices as well as enjoy a tasty smoothie. (No, it won’t taste like curry! Don’t worry!)
Tropical Green Smoothie
1/2 cup non-dairy milk (almond coconut is best with this mix, make your own!)
1/2 cup pineapple-orange-banana juice
1 Tbsp Agave Nectar
1 banana (I use frozen bananas)
1 medium organic kale leaf
1 small handful frozen mango
1 handful ice cubes
2 tsp Hemp Hearts protein powder
2 tsp PINES Wheatgrass Powder
1/2 tsp Curry Powder
1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice
1 scoop Açaí powder
Blend on high until all is blended well.
Makes 3 cups of green goodness.
Read my review of PINES Wheatgrass here.