Easy Being Green

I’m sure we’ve all heard about the “green smoothie” fad in the health and fitness industry. At first, I was definitely a skeptic, but eventually I figured I would give it a try. It was love at first taste and I realized that this could be a really healthy and TASTY addition to my current diet.

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You can essentially add anything (and everything) to one of these smoothies (fruits, vegetables, seeds) along with the spinach and/or kale which makes it green, and you really don’t even taste the vegetables.

One of my go-to recipes is:

1 cup of almond milk

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

1 banana

6-8 frozen strawberries

1 tablespoon of flax seeds

2 handfuls of fresh spinach

Add all of the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.

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I’m usually pretty fruit-heavy on my smoothies, mainly because you can add them without chopping or peeling and that is a time saver before work, but other vegetables are great to add, also. I’ve tried it with cucumbers, kale, and avocado, and you really can’t even tell they are in there! Ginger, beets, and carrots are also popular additions.

In the summer/ warmer months, I usually work out in the morning and come home, shower, prepare a quick smoothie and head to work. The smoothie, with the addition of the protein powder and the flax seeds, keeps me full until lunch time (flax seeds also add lots of omega-3 essential fatty acids and fiber). Unfortunately, once it hits about October, it’s way too chilly to be holding and sipping a cold smoothie in the car. I can’t wait until the weather gets warmer so I can enjoy one of my favorite breakfasts!

Try some of these smoothie recipes and I bet you’ll be hooked (or suprised, at least!):

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/healthy-meals/green-smoothie-recipes-00100000096170/

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7956/5-delicious-green-smoothies-for-beginners.html

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