Popeye & banana-free smoothie

If you do not have a blender, Kinokuya’s café in Dubai Mall is the perfect -shall I say nerdy- place to try it. No sugar added.

It is not that I don’t like bananas. I love them. Their high content in potassium, their rich and creamy texture, their sweet taste…

I love them, but I admit it:  I’m lazy when it comes to smoothies.  And bananas can make it harder to bring yourself to using your blender instead of reaching out for a Snickers bar. Let me explain myself.

capture-decran-2016-10-04-a-22-08-56Leading spokesman on nutrition Patrick Holford recommends eating half a banana at most per meal or snack, because of its relatively high glycemic load (12). In simple terms, bananas can drive our blood sugar banana.

If the whole idea behind a smoothie is to make a tasty and healthy share of heaven in a record time, without having to throw away a dark-ended half-banana every once in a while, it may be easier or at least ‘greener’ to simply use other ingredients.

Peach works great as a replacement smoothie ally, particularly if you add a potassium-rich tablespoon of baobab extract to your mix. Remove the skin because it tends to accumulate more toxins than any other fruit. And don’t forget to rinse your handful of spinach and strawberries thoroughly to avoid any risk of toxoplasmosis.

Blend the following ingredients: ½ cup spinach / 1 cup strawberries / ½ cup peach / 150mL organic unsweetened almond milk / 1-2 dates / 1 tbsp baobab extract

Spinach is your iron go-to green throughout pregnancy. Strawberries have a low glycemic load, which helps fight fatigue, and have a high content in vitamine C, allowing your body to assimilate iron more easily. Note that iron and vitamin C are always a good combo! Eating the right content of vitamins and minerals rests with quantities, but also combinations.

capture-decran-2016-10-04-a-11-46-55Unsweetened almond milk will also keep your blood sugar in check whilst providing you with enough calcium to help your little one build strong teeth and bones. Be ware that having a calcium-rich diet during pregnancy is key to avoiding complications like pre-eclampsia

Finally my Popeye and banana-free smoothie would not be as powerful if it weren’t for its
baobab extract. It contains 10 times more antioxydants than goji berries, is 6 times richer in potassium than your banana, and 6 times richer in vitamin C than an orange.

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