Monday, February 24, 2014

3 Simple Green Smoothie Variations - For the beginners!

I think it would be safe to label me a fruit hater.  Not that I don't love the way fruit tastes, I do.  What I dislike (I guess hate is strong word) is when I have patients who can't lose weight, we look through their diet which they think is so amazing, and they are eating 8 servings a day.  So much sugar.  I see so often people putting fruit and vegetables on the same playing field, and thinking that because they eat tons of fruit, they are covered.  They are just NOT the same!

I will admit, I have plenty of days I don't eat fruit.  But vegetables?  Those are a priority!  A simple way to start your day off with vegetables is a green smoothie.  You have probably seen this term thrown around, and wondered why anyone would drink spinach or kale?  Well, it actually is really easy to make it taste amazing.  And on the days I start off with 2 or more servings of vegetables, I feel amazing.  I also eat better during the day, because I have started that day off right!

Now, back to the fruit issue.  Fruit is perfectly fine to include in a healthy well rounded diet.  Which I'm always trying to be better at.  Fruit also makes the best Green smoothie!  The trick though, limit how much you put in, and limit how much you eat the rest of the day.  But, I feel like if fruit can help get in some vegetables, lets do it!  

This girl loves green smoothies too!

The idea today is to give you 3 options to try that are simple, delicious, and perfect if you are new to the whole concept.

Start by picking 2 of the following 3 fruits and putting them in the blender:  
1 frozen banana
2 small Kiwi
6 med frozen strawberries
Next, add 2 packed cups spinach
2 packed cups spinach
Finally, add 1/4 cup pomegranate or cranberry juice, and 1/4 cup water to the blender
You can see I just do it in my cheap ninja!  No need for something fancy or expensive
Blend for about 2 minutes and presto!  Green smoothie!
This one pictured is banana and kiwi
Are you a green smoothie fan?  What is your favorite combo?  Share below!

Here is the recipe:
-2 of the 3 fruits
     -1 med frozen banana
     -2 small kiwi
     -6 med frozen strawberries
-2 cups packed spinach
-1/4 cup pomegranate or cranberry juice
-1/4 cup water

Blend all together for 2 minutes, and enjoy!


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