Smoothie Scene

Smoothies seem to be the new trendy way for people to start their day, so I thought I’d take some time to give my take and share with you some of my favorite smoothie recipes! Personally, I love the new smoothie trend! Why? A few reasons. How many people actually count how many serving of fruit or veg they are getting in a day? Although I’d like to think everyone, I’m also a realistic person, so I know that it is not happening. For some people, like my fiance, fruit and veg servings don’t even cross their mind, and well….he did choose to get engaged to a dietitian, so he had to realize I was going to start to push the fruit and veg on him sooner or later.

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My recent solution to his lack of interest in trying different vegetables or fruits (or really eating any for that matter): make him a colorful, tasteful smoothie a few mornings during the week that he can down in a few gulps without even stopping to ask what’s in it. Tricky… I know 😉

Smoothies are a great way to be sure you, your children, or your spouse are in fact getting in AT LEAST 1 serving of fruits and vegetables each and every day. Believe it or not, leafy greens such as spinach or kale are not even noticeable taste-wise when blended with a helping serving of fresh or frozen fruit. I pack it in there when I make one for myself. Jeff, I have to be a little more conservative with so that I don’t get a funny brown color mixing greens with berries.

When it comes to green smoothies, one of my favorite new recipes is:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/2-3/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup ice water (if too thick or having trouble blending)

Jeff often likes berry smoothies, so my go-to very berry smoothie is:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or any low-fat or fat free milk of your choice
  • 1/2 cup vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3/4 cup frozen mixed berry blend or frozen blueberries
  • few leaves of fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup ice water

For a little added fiber you can always add 1/4 cup rolled oats, or 1 tsp ground flaxseed for some added omega-3’s. If looking for a little extra protein, omit the milk, use 1 cup of Greek yogurt and 1/4-1/2 cup ice water to thin it out. Protein powder is also another great alternative, although I haven’t really used this in mine so I can’t give you any tips or advice for recipes!

However you choose to make your smoothies, remember that often times it doesn’t matter what fruit combo or veg you choose, it will typically taste fine! Experiment with your smoothies, and see what you like best!

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