Mellow Yellow Superfood Smoothie
Mellow Yellow Superfood Smoothie, a simple smoothie recipe featuring banana, mango, pineapple, turmeric, and bee pollen. A mellow yellow blast of antioxidants!
Do you make healthy superfood smoothies with matching colored ingredients?
I have to admit that most of my smoothies are a mishmash of whatever is about to go bad in the refrigerator, which means that I’m mixing greens with purples and blues with reds and maybe a touch of orange.
And do you know what color smoothie all of these color make? An ugly brown. A delicious ugly brown, but ugly nonetheless.
So when I set out to make the first in my roundup of antioxidant-rich color-specific superfood smoothies, I knew I had to start with yellow superfood. Mellow yellow smoothies for a mellow mood!
But first, let’s take a look at how yellow superfoods get their color, the health benefits of yellow foods, and how to make a simple and delicious Mellow Yellow Superfood Smoothie.
What gives yellow foods their color?
You’ve likely heard the nutrition buzz phrase “eat the rainbow,” or eat a variety of fruits and vegetables in an array of colors.
The reason behind this healthy eating recommendation is that produce obtains its bright color pigments from high concentrations of certain antioxidants, which are small compounds that assist your body is clearing free radicals (or unpaired electrons) that alter cell functions within the body and may trigger disease.
Yellow and orange foods, such as bananas and mangos, are high in carotenoids such as alpha- and beta-carotenes and also vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, lutein, and zeaxanthin (among others).
These nutrients play many roles in the body, but particularly play a role in immunity, heart health, and vision.
What are examples of yellow superfoods and what are their potential health benefits?
Yellow fruit and vegetable superfoods are abundant in nature, some examples include:
- Lemons: vitamin C, fiber
- Bananas: vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium
- Pineapple: vitamin B6, vitamin C, magnesium
- Mangos: vitamin C, vitamin A, folate
- Nectarines: vitamin C, potassium
- Peaches: vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium
- Summer squash: vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C
- Chickpeas: fiber, protein, vitamin K, folate
Kind of orange (but still kind of yellow):
- Cantaloupe: potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A
- Grapefruit: vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber
In addition to fruits and vegetables, other yellow superfoods include:
- Bee pollen: Made from the pollen collected by honeybees, be pollen contains varying amounts of amino acids and other beneficial compounds (depending on the hive and the area of pollen collection), and some early research suggests it may have anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Turmeric: Turmeric is a popular herb that originates from India that has garnered much wellness buzz and research in the last ten years. Some studies suggest turmeric may help to improve symptoms of depression, certain types of inflammation (arthritis), and improved digestion.
How to make a Mellow Yellow Superfood Smoothie
This Mellow Yellow Superfood Smoothie recipe is a simple way to not only consume more yellow superfoods, but also to invoke a tropical, mellow yellow vibe!
To start, gather your yellow superfoods and a blender. Combine the banana, mango, pineapple, turmeric, and plant-based milk (I like pea milk) in the blender and blend, adding in a few ice cubes if needed to your desired consistency.
Pour the frozen smoothie into a glass, top with bee pollen and fruit for garnish, and enjoy!
Recommended tools: This simple smoothie recipe does not require many tools, however a good quality blender and quality kitchen knives always make preparing smoothies easier (see the links in recipe card below for my ingredient recommendations).
I hope you enjoy this Mellow Yellow Superfood Smoothie, it’s:
- A great choice for a simple superfood breakfast. Pair it with a bowl of yogurt with fruit and a healthy fat like a nut butter for a balanced meal.
- A delicious simple afternoon snack! Sip on this smoothie and a handful of nuts for an easy snack
- A fun way to boost your mood or break up the monotony of your day. Yellow superfoods are good mood foods; who can resist a bright and colorful smoothie?!
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- 1 banana
- ½ medium mango, cubed
- ½ cup pineapple, cubed
- 1 teaspoon good quality turmeric
- ½ cup plant-based milk
- 1-2 ice cubes, depending on desired consistency
- 1 teaspoon quality bee pollen
- Optional: juice of ½ grapefruit, if you like sour citrus
- Combine banana, mango, pineapple, turmeric, milk, and ice cubes in a blender and pulse until smooth, adding more ice cubes or milk until desired consistency.
- Top with bee pollen and enjoy!
- Make it a bowl! Use this Yellow Superfood Smoothie recipe as the foundation for your next smoothie bowl. Top with colorful superfoods such as kiwi, raspberries, strawberries, and fresh herbs like mint.
- Make it a meal! Make this superfood snack more filling by adding oats, chia, or a protein like yogurt or protein powder, along with healthy fat such as nut butter.
- Tip: Use a frozen banana to reduce the amount of ice cubes needed, which will produce a smoother (less icy) texture.
- Leftovers & Storage: This simple smoothie recipe can be made ahead of time and frozen until ready to serve. However, depending on your freezer it may become hard the longer it’s frozen.
- Nutrition: This smoothie recipe is a great snack option or breakfast on the go. It is high in potassium and vitamin C and, depending on the type of plant-based milk used, may be a good source of protein.
Serving Size:1 smoothie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 107mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 5gSugar: 41gProtein: 4g