Why would you consider Tomato in your Smoothie? Does the thought of a thick tomato flavoured shake send shivers down your spine? Fear Not. The Tomato is a core ingredients in this Nutrient-Dense Vegetable Smoothie
Typing the words – vegetable smoothies – in the internet search browser throws up more than six million results. Then, where is the need for one more page on the same subject? This need is felt because, even after searching thousands of pages, this particular type of all-rounder smoothie is not there. This smoothie can be rightfully called the “mother of all vegetable smoothies.”
This smoothie is recommended for those who are intensely interested in living a healthy life, with their biological age considerably lower than their chronological age. A blender-mixer is used to crush the vegetables in preparing this smoothie. This procedure ruptures the membranes and fibers, thereby making it easy for the body to assimilate it.
This smoothie contains 6 ingredients.
They are garlic, spinach, tomato, carrot, beetroot and groundnut. All ingredients are used raw, except groundnuts, which are roasted.
Garlic – 4 medium sized bulbs
Spinach – 5 big leaves with stem
Tomato – one medium size
Carrot – one medium size
Beetroot – one-fourth of one, medium size
Groundnut – 20 nuts (roasted)
These ingredients are chosen based on their multifarious benefits on the human body. The quantum can be scaled up in the same proportion.
Method of preparation:
Equipment needed: a high speed blender-mixer.
Peal 4 bulbs of garlic and cut them into small pieces; clean the spinach in water; cut the tomato into 8 pieces; clean the carrot and cut into small pieces; clean the beetroot and cut into small pieces; and count 20 ground nuts.
Add all the above ingredients into the blender-mixer and run until a smooth paste is produced. It can be eaten immediately or within 30 minutes of preparation.
What each item contains and their benefits are listed below.
Garlic contains: Allicin, ajoene and thiosulfinates. (Among these, allicin is the reaction product of two compounds, namely, allinase and allin. To facilitate this reaction, the garlic bulb must be cut into small pieces or pre-crushed separately, before putting in the blender.)
The body gets fortified against infections; prevents platelets in the blood from sticking together and thereby prevents plaque buildup inside blood vessels; lowers total serum cholesterol and raises the HDL cholesterol, the good protective cholesterol; reduces risk of intestinal cancer.
Lutein, zeaxanthin, flavonoids, neoxanthin, violaxanthin, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, beta-carotene, manganese, zinc, selenium, peptides, chlorophyll and dietary fiber.
Benefits of eating Spinach:
Reduced risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts; aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating; has anti-cancer properties; contains anti-inflammatory agents; combats the onset of osteoporosis; protects and strengthens mucous membranes, respiratory, urinary and intestinal tracts; ensures healthy skin, fighting psoriasis, keratinization, acne and wrinkles; prevents calcium from forming in tissue; fights atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease and stroke; ensures healthy nervous system and brain function; counteracts ingested toxins; helps with anemia; helps to cleanse the liver.
Improves blood flow; lowers the risk of certain cancers, especially lung, stomach and prostate; helps ward off age related diseases such as atherosclerosis and diabetes; reduction of heart disease risk; protects against thrombosis; helps reduce inflammation.
Vitamin A in the form of Beta carotene, falcarinol and soluble fibers.
Benefits of eating carrots:
Bestows anti-cancer benefits; prevents cell degeneration; slows down the ageing process; prevents night blindness; protects against macular degeneration and the development of senile cataracts; reduces cholesterol levels; lowers risk of heart disease and stroke; effective in detoxifying the liver; nourishes the skin, prevents dry skin and other skin blemishes.
Potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folic acid, carbohydrates, protein, nitrates, and soluble fiber.
Benefits of eating beetroots:
Boosts stamina; helps reduce blood pressure; increases blood flow to the brain in older people and fights the progression of dementia.
Antioxidant-rich phenols, monounsaturated fats, dietary fiber, highest protein among nuts, 13 different vitamins (including Vitamin A, B, C and E) along with 26 essential trace minerals, including calcium, iron, zinc, phosphorous, thiamin, boron and niacin.
Benefits of eating peanuts:
Reduces the risk of heart disease; maintains and repairs body tissues; maintains strong bones; protects brain function; supplies food energy.
Benefits of consuming this smoothie:
All the above individual benefits of the ingredients are present in this smoothie, in a ready to assimilate condition. This can be prepared twice a day, once in the morning and once in the night, for full benefit.
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