Hemp seed smoothie a heart-healthy, memory-boosting choice

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When Keith made his banana mango smoothie, complete with crafts to make his kids smile, I found myself looking for similar recipes.

Next to cacao powder and sunflower seed butter, “banana” and “mango” are words that tend to stop me in my tracks. Yum! There certainly are plenty of recipes out there with these ingredients, but the hemp seed smoothie with bananas, mangoes and greens is what did it for me.

It’s got greens, almond milk and can include whatever other goodies you want to top it off with. It didn’t say anything about googly eyes or pipe cleaner, but I’m sure Keith would be up for it and who knows, I might even give the crafts a whirl myself even though there aren’t children in my house (I’m a kid at heart . . . that’s gotta count for something, right?) 🙂

The hemp seed smoothie recipe

Hemp seed smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 cups of kale or baby spinach
  • 1 mango (I used a cup of frozen chunks)
  • 3 T hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • handful ice
  • Optional: 1 handful of alfalfa sprouts

Have fun with this! For example, why not mix both kale and baby spinach (instead of just one or the other)? Or, play around with toppings; add more mango, or top with shredded coconut, honey or chia seeds . . . whatever you’d like!

Health benefits of the hemp seed smoothie

Banana’s are one of my favorite fruits. Of course I love them because they’re sweet and tasty in almost any smoothie (or on their own), but also because they have great amounts of potassium which is known to provide heart protection, guard against high blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke.

They also help improve vision and mood. Read this article to learn more about the benefits of eating bananas.

Often called the “king of fruits,” mangoes are high in potassium, flavonoids and vitamin A and C, all of which have been shown to fight free radicals, protect against oral, breast, lung and other cancers and keep skin in top condition. Curious about mangoes? Read here to learn more.

Hemps seeds, despite the name, won’t have you seeing dinosaurs dancing with a stapler or give you inspiration for a new song. But, a word of caution: they do contain slight amounts of THC, so if drug testing or anything hemp-related is a concern, pass on them and choose an alternative like chia seeds.

However, hemp seeds are loaded with protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which helps to reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and improve memory. Read more about hemp seeds here.

Enjoy! This hemp seed smoothie is creamy, nutritious and very tasty.

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