1.09.2012

Going Green!

I have been making a great smoothie lately (very kid and husband friendly)- inspired by a recipe my friend Ashley gave me- I, of course, tweaked it- although I know there are a million green smoothie recipes just like this! The way I see it, it has all of this going for it: Protein, Antioxidants, Probiotics, Fiber, vitamins and minerals- in one drink. See my info below for all of the benefits!
I use [these recipes] as the base for all smoothies- you can anything to them (veggies, peanut butter, protein powder, flaxseed, you name it!)

1. Plain, nonfat greek yogurt (I love Fage) (either 1 individual container or just spoon some in the bottom depending on how much you want to make)
2. 1 or 2 spoonfuls of ground flaxseed
3. Handful of spinach and/or kale (I get the bags of washed veggies so I can just rinse and dump it in- I of course like Trader Jo's bags- Collard Greens might be fun to add too!)
4. Frozen mango, blueberries and strawberries (or whatever fruit you like)
5. 1 banana
6. One part water and one part Orange juice (to cover all of the contents- apple juice is an option too)
Blend and enjoy!

I think the Vitamix blender is worth every penny, I use it for everything and it has lasted forever with no problems!

Here is some interesting information about the ingredients used!
1. Greek Yogurt: high in protein, high in calcium and great taste: read more here:
2. Benefits of Flaxseed: Great source of Omega 3's, Fiber and Lignans (protect against cancer)- I try to add Flaxseed to everything, it doesn't add any flavor so it is easy to add! Read more here (apparently our bodies process ground flaxseed better than whole flaxseeds- I like ground better because you can't taste it at all)
3. Kale: read about Kale there are so many vitamins and cancer-fighting antioxidants in Kale.
Spinach: read about Spinach, always listed as one of the healthiest foods if not the healthiest- it has it all!
4. We all know blueberries are at the top of the list for antioxidants, Strawberries are great for antioxidants too (and are yummy), Mango is rich in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and so much more- we all know fruit is good for everything! (they say frozen fruit and veggies are as good if not better than fresh because they are frozen at the peak of ripeness with all of the vitamins and minerals in tact- and it is cheaper to buy frozen, so win-win!)
5. Bananas: we love the potassium (good for heart function and blood pressure) and they taste great (they also hide the veggie taste wonderfully for kids)!




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