I seriously cannot get enough green stuff right now. I am just craving it. This smoothie is something I threw together with what I had on hand, after we got home from our weekend in Big Bear.
It is creamy, green and healthy plus it tastes super good, too. Please don’t let the broccoli throw you off, it brings a really nice texture and a unique taste. Though broccoli can be bitter at times, the sweetness from the banana and the honey offset and mask that, so it’s a great way to sneak your greens into a smoothie. (you can always pre-steam your broccoli too, but I don’t find it necessary) If you practice rotating your leafy greens, which is important, broccoli is a nice change of pace from kale or spinach in your green smoothies.
Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli contains phytonutrients, such as isothiocynates, believed to ward off cancer by deactivating a potent estrogen metabolite that promotes tumor growth, especially in estrogen-sensitive breast cells. Broccoli also contains glucoraphanin, a phytonutrient that aids in the process of boosting the liver’s detoxification enzymes. Additionally, when broccoli is cut, chewed or digested a sulfur-containing compound called sinigrin is brought into contact with the enzyme myrosinase, which results in the release of compounds known inhibit cell division.
Broccoli has amazing antioxidant benefits plus about twice the daily recommended amount of vitamin C and half of vitamin A. It will also give you plenty of calcium, iron, fiber, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, magnesium.
If your blender isn’t super powerful, be aware that you may end up with a slightly chunkier smoothie. I don’t have a Vitamix or Blendtec myself, I use this one, and it handled the broccoli like a champ.
So what do ya say, would you be into a broccoli smoothie?
[print_this]Sweet Green Smoothie (Banana Broccoli) – Gluten-free and Vegan
1 1/2 cups almond milk or other non-dairy milk
1 organic banana, preferably frozen
1 small bunch of organic broccoli florets (stalk removed), I used about 1/4 pound
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon raw honey or maple syrup
Add all of the ingredients to your high speed blender and process until smooth and creamy. Enjoy immediately.[/print_this]