I love all the delicious new seasonal Summer fresh fruits and vegetables! What better time to make a smoothie!
Green drinks are everywhere and can be a quick and easy way to add multiple sources of nutrition into your day. Juice and smoothies can help to jumpstart your day to give you energy or give you a boost later in the day, for a quick afternoon snack. If I’ve been up late having fun the night before, a green smoothie in the morning is one of my favorite ways begin my day with a good burst of energy.
I love my green smoothie recipe because it’s packed with nutrients. I’m getting 4 fruits and veggies and lots of good protein to get me going. It has kale, which is a superfood, dates which have potassium and fiber to help us lose weight, pineapple which adds some sweetness and is an anti-inflammatory and four different sources of protein—kale, yogurt, almonds and almond milk. The cucumbers have multiple B-vitamins along with magnesium and potassium. When you put all of these together, you’re getting an impressive list of health benefits all in one glass! And by keeping in raw and putting it into the blender, you’re not losing any of the food value that sometimes gets cooked away when food is prepared. Just remember they do have calories, but they are good calories, so you just want to balance it out with the rest of your daily caloric intake.
Of course, I always recommend healthy, balanced meals during the course of the day, but sometimes a smoothie can be a quick, easy and nutritious pick me up. And it can also be a great replacement in the morning for coffee, too!
And here’s a timesaver tip—after I mix my smoothie in the blender, I add hot water right away and mix it up again to clean my blender! It’s so easy and gets all the sticky juice out of it, which saves me so much time and scrubbing later, especially if you do it right away.
Here’s my favorite green smoothie recipe from my 10-Week, 360° Plan. It’s packed with iron, protein and vitamins and is sooo yummy!
Check it out!
Denise’s Lean Green Smoothie
1 cup Kale (or spinach)
1 Tbsp. Chopped Almonds (or any other preferred nut)
¼ Cup, sliced Cucumber ( I like the English kind!)
¼ Cup Pineapple (2-3 chunks)
2 Dates, pitted
½ Cup Unsweetened almond or coconut milk (or lowfat milk, coconut milk or soy milk)
½ Cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt (or Silken Tofu)
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
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Love always from Your Personal Trainer,