“Tastes super green, but balanced nicely by the creamy bananas. Love the Goji!”🙂 Jess
Dandy Green Machine, a Ninja Blender “Smoothies & Super Juices” Recipe, is chalk full of phytonutrients. In fact, recent research has shown that Swiss chard contains 13 different polyphenol antioxidants, including the cardio-protective flavonoid kaempferol. There is so much good in this green smoothie, we recommend that you try one for yourself just to see how much it enhances your daily invincibility factor.
Bananas – Bananas are very healthy, readily available, and one of the least expensive fruits you can buy. They have relatively few calories, are rich in nutrients such as vitamin C and potassium, are full of potent antioxidants including flavonoids and animes, and are high in dietary fiber. Studies have shown that bananas can improve insulin sensitivity and may improve kidney health.
Swiss Chard – Swiss chard is a leafy green vegetable that is one of the most nutrient-dense foods available. One small serving provides a whopping 715% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin K, 215% of your vitamin A, one half of your vitamin C, and significant amounts of magnesium, manganese, potassium, and iron. Swiss chard is also packed with free radical fighting antioxidants, helping to protect your cells against environmental damage. [Amazon]
Goji Berries – Goji berries have recently come into superfood fashion due to their abundant antioxidant profile and powerful medicinal qualities. Just one serving (5 tablespoons) provides a staggering 500% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A and significant amounts of vitamin C and iron. Goji berries are best known for their ability to promote immune function and support healthy vision.
Apple Juice – Apples are the most widely consumed fruit globally and boast more than 7,000 different varieties. They provide significant amounts vitamin C, vitamin K, copper, and potassium, and are loaded with power antioxidants, especially polyphenols. Apples can help lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, and promote gut health as a prebiotic.
A standard blender is all that is required to make Ninja Blender smoothies. If you are making it for just one person, we recommend using any one of the many available Ninja Single Serve Blenders as they are quick to set up and very easy to clean.
If you are making them for more than one person, we recommend a higher-end Ninja Blender that can process larger loads more efficiently.
For overnight storage, we recommend using a glass or BPA-free airtight container with a resealable lid.
How To Make This Smoothie
The Dandy Green Machine smoothie is very easy to make:
- Step 1: Place banana, Swiss chard, goji berries, apple juice, and crushed ice into a blender and secure the lid.
- Step 2: Start the blender on its lowest speed and steadily ramp up to its highest speed. This will reduce wear and tear on the motor and blades, facilitate a more consistent blend, and help prevent food splatter onto the lid and sides.
- Step 3: Blend for approximately 30 seconds or until a smooth consistency is achieved.
- Step 4: Pour into a glass for immediate refreshment or place in the refrigerator in an airtight container to enjoy later.
Recipe Tips And Substitutions
For ease of use, we recommend peeling and slicing a number of bananas, putting them in a freezer bag, and storing them in your freezer for quick access.
If you don’t have frozen fruit, or simply prefer to use fresh fruit (we totally get that), we recommend adding 1/2 cup of ice to chill your smoothie and give it a pleasing icy texture.
- Place banana, Swiss chard, goji berries, apple juice, and crushed ice into a Ninja Blender and secure the lid.
- Start the blender on its lowest speed and steadily ramp up to its highest speed. This will reduce wear and tear on the motor and blades, facilitate a more consistent blend, and help prevent food splatter onto the lid and sides.
- Blend for approximately 30 seconds or until a smooth consistency is achieved.
- Pour into a glass for immediate refreshment or place in the refrigerator in an airtight container to enjoy later.
- For ease of use, we recommend peeling and slicing a number of bananas, putting them in a freezer bag, and storing them in your freezer for quick access.
- If you don't have frozen fruit, or simply prefer to use fresh fruit (we totally get that), we recommend adding 1/2 cup of ice to chill your smoothie and give it a pleasing icy texture.
Serving Size:1 g
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 112Unsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 44mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 1g
Smoothie Frequently Asked Questions
Swiss chard is a nutritional gem, offering a multitude of health benefits. It’s packed with essential vitamins like A, C, and K, and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and iron. Vitamin K is pivotal for bone health and proper blood clotting, while vitamins A and C are powerful antioxidants that combat oxidative stress and bolster the immune system. The rich mineral content of Swiss chard supports muscle function, bone health, and nerve signaling. Additionally, Swiss chard provides dietary fiber, beneficial for digestion and cardiovascular health. Its vibrant stems and leaves also contain phytonutrients, compounds that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and disease-preventing properties. Adding Swiss chard to meals introduces not only a burst of color but also a wealth of nutritional value.
Goji berries, often referred to as “superfoods,” boast an impressive nutritional profile. They are densely packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. One of their most notable attributes is their high concentration of zeaxanthin and lutein, antioxidants that are beneficial for eye health and can potentially protect against age-related eye diseases. Goji berries also provide a good amount of vitamin C, vitamin A, and dietary fiber. Moreover, they contain all eight essential amino acids, making them an excellent plant-based protein source. Additionally, these berries have compounds that may have anti-inflammatory properties, support immune function, and promote healthy skin. Consumed in moderation, goji berries can be a valuable addition to a nutritious diet due to their wide range of health-promoting compounds.
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