Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Gorgeous Green Smoothie

Anything this creamy and good has to be gorgeous.  It's truly a complete meal in a minute and full of exceptional nutrition too. So it's one of my favorite smoothies -- for a meal or snack, and it has a surprise ingredient.  Vegetables!  It's creamy, satisfying, and fruity -- and it's green.

1 big handful organic baby spinach leaves
1/2 banana
1/2 orange, mango, pineapple chunks or other fruit (optional)
1/4 - 1/2 ripe avocado
2 T. shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1 T. coconut oil or 1 T. flaxseed oil (or both)
1 scoop whey protein (or hemp, brown rice, pea, or egg white protein)
1 T. flax meal
1 tsp. powdered apple or citrus pectin (optional)
1 cup coconut milk, almond milk, hemp milk, or water (or other milk)

This can be done in a regular blender but I prefer a nutribullet and have listed the ingredients in the best order to put in.  Acidic fruits seem to go the best with avocado, like mango or pineapple.  And you'll never know there's spinach in it!


Here's a little breakdown of just a few of the nutrients you'll be getting in this green smoothie:
  • avocado -- essential fats (omega 3's - for the brain, inflammation, increases satiety)
  • banana -- electrolytes (use other fruit if you're cutting back on starches)
  • coconut -- MCFA's (medium-chain fatty acids -- used for immediate energy with no fat storage); coconut also good source of fiber
  • citrus or apple pectin -- great fiber source, plus known for pulling heavy metals out through the gut
  • spinach -- great source of COQ10 (cellular energy), plus vitamins and minerals
  • protein -- necessary protein (good for just about everything)

Leave a comment and let me know how you like it.
Adele Sonora
Nutrition and Health Educator
B.S. Nutrition Science

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