Happy March everyone! After being bundled up in multiple layers for multiple months (has anyone else missed seeing their toes??) I am excited about the possibility of --- may I say it? SPRING! What does spring mean to you? To me, it means the snow melting (Can I get an AMEN??), the birds coming back, and the rebirth of all things living.
We have MUCH to celebrate in March, including St. Patrick’s Day, Spring, and the beginning of what hopes to be a long, warm summer. What better way to begin this “GREEN” season than with a super yummy Green smoothie. (Tip—DON’T tell people it’s healthy.. just call it a SHREK smoothie or an Incredible Hulk Smoothie J
Here is my top 5 list of WHY you will love it (And yes, I will include the recipe when I’m done touting its awesomeness). I continue to tell people that it will change their life.. REALLY!
1) A quick and healthy breakfast that has fruits and vegetables in one container for you and your loved one? This is it!
The Banana is a great source of potassium, which is need for healthy kidney function, as well as keeping your heart beating strong
2) This smoothie offers carbohydrates for healthy blood sugars, and maintaining energy levels all day long thanks to the fruit and protein from the yogurt to help keep you feeling full, also known as satiety. It’s hard to eat unhealthy stuff if your are already full J
3)The spinach is really what takes this smoothie up a notch. Spinach is a great source of Vitamin K, which is needed for normal blood clotting, as well as important Vitamins such as Vitamin A and folate.
4)Mmmmmm mango! Mango is a great source of Beta Carotene a precursor to Vitamin A, which is needed for normal eyesight as may help prevent night blindness.
5)Pineapple: A great, sweet source of Vitamin C, which is needed for healthy skin. And after this winter, WHO couldn’t use something for healthy skin??
Prep time: 5 minutes
½ cup banana
½ cup seedless grapes
½ cup frozen mango chunks
1 cup fresh spinach
¼ cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
2 ounces pineapple
1 cup ice
Place all ingredients into the blender—I love my Vitamix, but any blender will do J and secure the lid. Start blending at a low speed and quickly increase to medium and then to high speed. If necessary, use a tamper to press any ingredients into the blades while processing. Run for one minute, or until smooth.
Calories ------------------------ 140
Protein (g) --------------------- 5
Carbohydrates (g) ----------- 34
Cholesterol (mg) ------------- 0
Total fat (g) -------------------- 0.5
Sodium (mg) ------------------ 105