Green Smoothie

In my effort to eat healthier, I’ve been on quite the smoothie kick for breakfast. Plus, since I’m always running behind in the morning for some reason, it’s an easy breakfast I can whip up, pour into my plastic cup, drop in a straw and hit the road. Who actually has time to sit down to breakfast, anyways?

I bought frozen fruit from Wal-Mart. That stuff must have gold flakes in it or something, because it’s pricey – so Wal-Mart was the only way I was going to get home with any. I have strawberries, blueberries, and a bag of mixed peaches, pineapple, mango and strawberries. YUM.

I also bought a fresh pineapple and a bunch of bananas and cut both up and froze them separately.

Smoothie Making:
–Approx. one cup of frozen fruit
        Favorite possible combos are –

  • Blueberries and strawberries
  • A scoop of the mixed peaches, mango, etc. variety
  • Strawberry and banana
  • Pineapple and Banana (hellooooo – add some rum and this one goes from breakfast to happy hour in a flash.)

–3/4ish cup of skim milk (I never measure, so add more or less if you want it thicker or runnier)

–Two big spoonfuls of low-fat vanilla yogurt (this is my sweetener – you can leave it out, but might want to add a sprinkle of splenda or something to cut the tartness of the fruit)

Blend until smooth.

–AND, new addition to the smoothie this morning – a big, heaping handful of baby spinach. WHAAAAT? Gross out, right? 

Actually, not really! I had heard that you can’t taste the spinach at all, and it gives you some extra vitamins and helps keep you fuller.

I gave it a whirl in a banana-pineapple smoothie today and it was a WINNER. It was a light green color and I did get the occasional chunk of spinach – but other than that, you couldn’t taste it. And I could remedy that with a little extra stirring and blending.

Yummmo. I like it when I can trick myself into adding extra nutrients into the ol’ diet.

Have a smooth one, friends.

XOXO,
Jenn

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