Packed with fibre and nutrients, I invented this super food smoothie when I had a bad cold and was trying to boost my immune system.
Kale, mango and ginger make it a powerhouse of a drink. Ginger (amongst many other health benefits) is a powerful boost to your immune system which gets depleted when you are training hard. Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet and gives your a big hit of Vitamin C. Mangos are packed with over 20 vitamins and minerals and have a wide range of health benefits.
Hions Green Powder (see also my Purple Power Protein Smoothie for details on their Purple Powder) is a concentrated mix of 11 high quality, functional, alkaline ingredients to support optimum health, protect cells from oxidative stress and reduce tiredness and fatigue. I started using it to replace multi-vitamin supplements that contained additives. You can take it on its own mixed into a bit of water or milk or mix it into drinks. It’s the most palatable greens powder I have tried. I don’t mean its delicious but, mixed into a smoothie, I cannot taste it at all and on its own it is still do-able if you hold your breath and down-down! No worse than a Tequila Slammer! You can buy these in Holland and Barrett. They are expensive, so look out for buy one get one half price deals. You can also buy them direct from Hion.com where they offer bulk buy discounts and sometimes on Amazon there are half price deals.
For other all natural protein and recovery shakes read All Natural Protein and Recovery Drinks and Smoothies
This recipe is:
Remember you need carbs for recovery. However if you want to use this recipe as a lower carb snack then omit the banana and double the quantity of mango
Add a spoonful of coconut butter to the mix
Omit the greens powder
Frozen mango chunks and a stick blender and it couldn’t be more simple. My stick bender lives in my cupboard sitting in the jug that I mix my smoothies in so that it is all ready to go. I put all the ingredients straight into the jug so that I don’t need to measure the milk in a jug and then pour it into something else.
It is Kale Week on cleanleanbean so there are plenty of recipes for you to use your Kale. Make sure that you follow this blog so that you do not miss them. In the meantime Kale is great in a breakfast omelette.
Green Zinger Recovery Smoothie
- 250 ml of the milk of your choice – I use unsweetened almond milk
- 1 scoop of unflavoured beef protein or unflavoured vegan protein powder – I use My Protein’s for both
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 50 gr frozen mango chunks
- As much fresh root ginger as you can handle – I use about ¼ inch
- 1 large handful of kale
- 1 banana
- 1tsp Hions Green Powder (optional but worth it if you can afford it)
- Put everything in a jug and whizz with your stick bender until smooth
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