Pineapple Watermelon Smoothie

By Amanda Nazzal

 

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Hey Fitlifers! The days of summer are upon us…and I’m sure you’re breaking out in a sweat, regardless of where you live in the country. Here in Southern California things are getting pretty toasty, and come mid-day I find myself looking for a cooling and nutritious snack to boost my energy and keep me motivated throughout my day. This Pineapple Watermelon Smoothie is a great and simple way to brighten up your day that includes ingredients you can find at your local grocery store. It’s tangy, energizing, and that chia-power will keep you satisfied for hours. So print out this recipe, go grab the ingredients, bust out your blender, and drink up!! Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 11.10.50 PM 1 cup pineapple 1 cup watermelon 1 tbsp mint 1 tbsp chia seeds 1 cup coconut water (add more/less to get the consistency you desire) **add ice if you want it frothy and cold **try adding some coconut milk if you want to thicken it up!

INGREDIENTS HEALTH BENEFITS:

Pineapple images (1) Helps with digestion — contains the proteolytic enzyme Bromelain, that breaks protein down into smaller segments, aiding in digestion Watermelon Lycopene — a carotenoid that helps with reducing inflammation and neutralizing free radicals. Citrulline — an amino acid that, when consumed, has the ability to (through a series of steps) block the activity of TNAP (tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase) which makes our fat cells create less fat, and thus helps prevent over-accumulation of body fat. Mint Menthol —  is the main compound found in mint. This volatile oil combats food poisoning, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome and flatulence. Aromatherapy —  invigorating aroma that can help drivers stay alert, focused and less anxious, can boost mental performance and promote focus. Chia Lowers inflammation — unsaturated fat via balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids Low glycemic — helps maintain blood sugar, allows blood sugar to rise slowly without a spike Coconut water Coconut_Water Iron — provides cells with oxygen, helping fight fatigue and supports proper cell function Potassium — Helps send messages through the body by working with sodium and calcium to conduct electrical impulses. Helps supports normal digestive and muscle function. Coconut Milk Antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial —  contains lauric acid, antimicrobial lipids and capric acid, which have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties Healthy skin and hair  — contains vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6 as well as iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.  Helping to promote healthy hair, skin, and nails from the inside out

About the Author

amandaAmanda is a 200 RYT certified yoga instructor and photographer in the greater Los Angeles area.  Amanda believes the qualities cultivated through a yoga and meditation practice are the key ingredients to being a happy, fulfilled and successful human being. She is inspired by surf, burlesque, green smoothies, capturing images, and all experiences that nourish the body, mind, & spirit.  Her perspective on yoga and life is a little bit zen, a little bit rock’n’roll. Check Amanda out on her Facebook  page for daily straight-talkin’ yogic inspiration and, and her photography website for salivating photos, or to book a shoot today! Sources: Pineapple http://www.livestrong.com/article/412290-what-are-the-benefits-of-eating-pineapple/ Watermelon http://livelovefruit.com/2013/07/8-amazing-health-benefits-of-watermelon/ Mint http://www.livestrong.com/article/263229-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-mint-tea/ http://www.livestrong.com/article/422212-herbal-remedies-with-mint/ Chia seeds http://www.livestrong.com/article/444471-top-ten-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds/ Coconut water http://www.livestrong.com/article/350512-health-benefits-of-young-coconut-water/ Coconut milk http://odewire.com/334255/fabulous-fat-15-benefits-of-coconut-milk.html#sthash.uGJIybUe.dpu Iron http://www.livestrong.com/article/295896-what-are-the-health-benefits-and-side-effects-of-iron-supplements/ Image Sources: Medical News Today, Healthy Steps 

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