By Karen Swindall
(Serves 1) Prep Time: 5 mins
1 – 2 cups baby spinach
1 inch piece of ginger root
1 cup liquid (almond milk or other dairy free milk, coconut water, coconut milk)
1⁄4 cup raw cashews
1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy and enjoy.
Health benefits of the foods and spices in this recipe
I love having ginger in my food as it has so many health benefits and it is very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.
Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fibre.
Spinach is high in niacin and zinc, protein, fibre, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese.
Cashew Nuts are high in vitamins E, K, and B6, along with minerals like copper, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, iron, and selenium.
Coconut Milk is rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
Coconut Water is approximately 46 calories per cup, 10 grams of natural sugar, with a little protein and it is fat free. It’s packed with antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C and minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and zinc.
Almond Milk contains calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and vitamin E, C, B-6, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and folate.