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Green Smoothies

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We’ve all had one. A green shake. Some are yuck and some are yum. The good news is that the green goodness can be prepared in many different ways. Some are filling, low fat, detoxes, and protein boosters. Whatever your need, our recipes will get you on the right track.

G1- Curb your sweet tooth with this smoothie!

Avocado and Ginger Protein Shake




YIELD: 2 SERVINGS

CALORIES: 428

THEME: BREAKFAST

The dates in this shake curb a sweet tooth while packing in vitamin B6, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and fiber. Almond milk is a lactose free substitute for milk offering 30 percent of the recommended daily amount, as well as 25 percent of the recommended amount of vitamin D. Also, it contains plenty of B vitamins such as iron and riboflavin, both important for muscle growth and healing.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup almond milk

2 scoops protein powder

2 tbsp. flax seeds

1/2 avocado

3 pitted dates

1 lime, juiced

2 tsp chopped ginger

Directions

In a blender process all ingredients until smooth. Makes 2 cups.

Recipe from http://www.doctoroz.com/recipe/avocado-and-ginger-protein-shake (Posted on 12/08/2014 | By Ulli Stach . Photo from /www.doctoroz.com. Benefits of Almond Milk/ http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/benefits-almond-milk. Important: read the labels on protein shakes to ensure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients.


G2- The pineapple adds a tropical taste, like a Pina Colada

Kale Smoothie


YIELD: 4 SERVINGS

CALORIES: 70

THEME: ANYTIME DRINKS

Ingredients

11/2 cups kale

1 cup bananas (chopped)

1 cup pineapple (chopped)

1 cup coconut water

1 cup ice

You cannot go wrong incorporating Kale, the superfood, as it is filled with vitamin B6, E, B2, B1, dietary fiber, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids phosphorus, protein, folate, and niacin. Did you know? Eating bananas will help prevent kidney cancer, protects the eyes against macular degeneration and builds strong bones

Instructions

Combine all the ingredients in the blender and blend for 1 – 2 minutes. Serve and drink up!

www.yummly.com/recipe/Kale-Smoothie- Kale Smoothie from GRAB YOUR SPORK/ Added by Clint April 21, 2014.


G3- Great choice for hydration after a workout

Avocado Smoothie



YIELD: 4 SERVINGS

CALORIES: 105 (without sugar)

THEME: REFRESHER

Nutritionally, coconut water has B6, B12, Vitamin C, D, and E. It can also help lower high blood pressure. Agave is optional and you can also use honey. Use both sweeteners sparingly as they are sugars. Get a touch of antioxidants with lime juice.

Ingredients

1/2 small avocado

1 cup coconut water, preferably cold-pressed and raw

1 teaspoon agave syrup (optional)

1 teaspoon fresh lime juice, plus more to taste

Preparation

Combine avocado, coconut water, agave, if using, and 1 tsp. lime juice in a blender and puree until smooth. Add more lime juice, if desired.

Contributor(s) Sara Dickerman + Marissa Lippert http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/avocado-smoothie-2 - PUBLISHED: DECEMBER 30, 2013 /A collection from http://www.yummly.com


G4- Get your caffeine fix with this antioxidant organic blend

Matcha Pear Green Smoothie

What is Green Tea Powder? It’s a powerful antioxidant Japanese organic culinary grade. As for spinach, it has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. Fact: Pears are high in fiber, which can produce a feeling of fullness and lead to weight loss over time? They may also help increase beneficial bacteria in the digestive system.

YIELD: 2 SERVINGS

CALORIES: 110

THEME: ENERGIZE AND DETOX

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk

1/2 bananas

1/2 pears

2 cups spinach

1 tsp matcha green tea powder 1 cup ice (For a different taste with added caffeine use Lipton Tea)

Preparation

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and mix well.

Important: People with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) tend to be sensitive to FODMAPs (can cause bloating), that are found in pears. Limit your intake.

Source: Yummly.com/recipe/Matcha-Pear-Green-Smoothie-February 12, 2016 by Annie /Upstate ramblings. About Match Green Tea Powder /matchasource.com/health-benefits-of-matcha-tea. www.whfoods.com/genpagedspinich.


G5- Create your own immune booster

Kiwi Kisses Smoothie


The Kiwi provides 273% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C in every one-cup serving – five times that of an orange. It's a natural immune booster that staves off colds and flu. Also known for vitamin K – best known for its role in helping blood clot, or coagulation, properly and providing an 89% daily value. Honeydew melons are approximately 90 percent water, they are low in energy density, meaning they contain very few calories per gram. This fruit can help you maintain your weight.

YIELD: 2 SERVINGS

CALORIES: 110

THEME: IMMUNE BOOSTER

Ingredients

1 honeydew melon, (peeled and cubed)

8 kiwi (peeled and cubed + 1 for decoration)

4 lime (juiced)

Mint leaves (for garnish)

Directions

Place melon, kiwis and lime juice in a blender and puree until smooth. Serve with a mint leaf and a slice of kiwi, cut into a heart shape. Tip: For hot summer days, add larger pieces of ice chunks for that cold crunch!

By BlaizeDance, Inc. Edits, Vanessa Shorter

Sources:http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Kiwi-Kisses-Smoothie recipes-plus.com/recipe/kiwi-kisses-smoothie-Healthyliving.com/honeydew




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