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Tropical Microgreens Smoothie with Collagen

This Tropical Microgreens Smoothie Recipe is inspired by my latest obsession with these tiny seedlings. Microgreens are packed with Nutrients that support healthy aging!

Sunflower Shoots are added to this Recipe because of their mild, nutty flavor. This makes them great to add to a smoothie!

This Recipe for Healthy Aging fights Inflammation and contains the Anti-Aging benefits of Collagen. Add a tiny umbrella to this yummy concoction for some island vibes!

Check out my previous post on Best Microgreens for Healthy Aging to learn more about these nutrition rock stars!

Smoothie Ingredients

  • 1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 serving of Collagen Peptides Protein Powder
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1/4 ounce Sunflower Microgreens (a small handful)
  • 1 cup Tropical Frozen Fruit Mix
  • Heavy duty blender

Ingredients for Microgreens Smoothie
Ingredients for Tropical Microgreens Smoothie

How to Make

  1. Add Almond Milk and Protein Powder to your blender. Blend well.
  2. Add Avocado and Microgreens. Blend well.
  3. Add Tropical fruit and blend to your desired consistency.
  4. Enjoy!

Health Benefits

The ingredients in this Smoothie will supercharge your diet!

Almond Milk

Almond Milk is a non-dairy alternative to milk. I like it in smoothies because of its’ low Calorie and Carbohydrate content.

This plant based milk is fortified with Calcium. This important mineral plays a large role in maintaining bone mass as you age, along with prevention of Osteoporosis.

Almond Milk also contains Vitamin E. Studies have shown a link between Vitamin E and Brain Health. Adequate Vitamin E may play a role in prevention of diseases like Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Almond Milk for Microgreens Smoothie
Almond Milk – Plant Based & Dairy Free

Collagen Peptides Protein Powder

Aging causes Collagen breakdown.  Evidence of Collagen breakdown can be seen in our wrinkles and fine lines. These hallmarks of aging also demonstrate our inability to replenish collagen.

Collagen Supplements still require some research. However, there is promising data to support Collagen’s role in skin elasticity. Here is a link to my preferred Collagen Supplement.

Vital Protein Collagen Peptides Protein Powder Canister

Avocado

Avocados create a creamy texture that makes for a fantastic green smoothie! Avocados are rich in nutrients like Fiber, Healthy Fats, Vitamins, and Minerals.

In addition, a 2017 study suggests that daily oral avocado consumption may lead to enhanced elasticity and firmness of the facial skin.

Avocados

Sunflower Shoots

Sunflower shoots are a good source of vitamins A, B, C and E. They also contain protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.

They have a mild, nutty flavor making them one of the best Microgreens for smoothies. They’re so tasty, you might enjoy Sunflower Shoots right out of the container!

Sunflower Microgreens
Sunflower Microgreens

Tropical Fruit

The tropical fruit mix I use contains pineapple, peaches, mango, and strawberries.

Many nutritional studies support an association between fruit consumption and a lower incidence of chronic diseases.

Fruit is naturally high in Antioxidants which reduce chronic inflammation, a contributor to disease.

Tropical Fruits

Nutrition Information

1 serving contains 326 calories, 20 grams of Protein, 25 grams of Carbohydrates, 10 grams of Fiber, & 17 grams of Fat*.

*Note ~80% of the Fat in this recipe comes from the Avocado which contains “good fats”; Polyunsaturated and Monounsaturated Fats.

Alternative Ingredients

Smoothies are a great place to experiment! Below are some ways to vary this recipe:

  • Use your preferred Milk in place of the Unsweetened Almond Milk.
  • Broccoli Microgreens are mild in flavor and make a nice addition to smoothies.
  • Frozen Spinach can be used in place of Microgreens.
  • Try out additional fruits for variety. Frozen fruits work best!

Where to Find

Woman shopping for Microgreens at a Farmers' Market

You can typically find Microgreens at health food stores. The freshest Microgreens can be found at your local Farmers’ Market.

Microgreen growers like First Leaves LLC offer subscriptions to have Microgreens delivered right to your front door!

These growers typically deliver within a 20-25 mile radius to ensure freshness of their greens.

First Leaves LLC is located in Edwardsville, Illinois. A quick google search should lead you to a Microgreen grower in your area!

Microgreens Price

Microgreens are labor intensive to grow, therefore they can be expensive. There is some variation in price based on the type of Microgreen, and range from $3 to $6 per ounce.

I typically purchase about 3-4 ounces of Microgreens for my husband and I to eat with throughout the week. Below is a visual of a one ounce package of Sunflower Microgreens.

Picture of one ounce container of Microgreens
Sunflower Microgreeens – 1 ounce package

Another Smoothie You’ll Love

If you love glowing skin, peanut butter, and bananas, this next smoothie is for you!

Check out The Age-Defying Dietitian’s recipe for this Anti-Aging Drink with Peanut Butter and Bananas.

Anti-Aging Drink in a mason jar with a straw
Anti-Aging Drink with Peanut Butter & Bananas
Two Tropical Microgreens Smoothie in Mason Jars

Tropical Microgreens Smoothie Recipe

This Tropical Microgreens Smoothie is packed with Nutrients that fight Inflammation and support Healthy Aging!
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 326 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 serving Collagen Peptides Protein Powder
  • 2.5 ounces Avocado ~1/2 of an average size Avocado
  • 1/4 ounce Sunflower Microgreens A small handful
  • 1 cup Tropical Frozen Fruit

Instructions
 

  • Add Almond Milk and Protein Powder to your blender. Blend well.
  • Add Avocado and Microgreens. Blend well.
  • Add Tropical fruit and blend to your desired consistency.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

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Keyword Microgreens Smoothie

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