This green smoothie is excellent for both weight loss and cleansing. It’s also delicious! Fresh mint and sweet melon are one of my favorite combinations.
Dandelion greens are a great source of minerals (especially iron and calcium), protein and dietary fiber. They are also high in vitamins A (thanks to the antioxidant beta-carotene content) and C. Vitamin C also helps facilitate iron absorption.
Cucumbers are a good source of vitamin C and also contain vitamin A, molybdenum, folate, manganese, silica, potassium and magnesium. Cucumbers are an excellent source of dietary fiber.
The lime and mint don’t add much for nutritional value, but they provide a flavor to this green smoothie recipe that complements the melon and other ingredients.
Melon-Cucumber Weight Loss Green Smoothie Recipe with Mint
- 2 cups honeydew melon, cubed
- 6 fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 cucumber with peel
- 1 frozen banana, sliced
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 3 cups dandelion greens
- 8 ounces (118ml) unsweetened almond milk
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (see my blender recommendations), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Calcium: 31% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Vitamin A: 123 RDA
Vitamin C: 196% RDA
This green smoothie is also a rich source of vitamins B1 through B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)
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