While looking for an after workout snack recently and wanting to keep it relatively quick and easy, I made this smoothie. Two ingredients and just a few minutes and I was all set.
What I love about pineapple besides the wonderfully sweet tropical taste is the health benefits. Did you know that pineapples are reported to provide antioxidant and immune protection, as well as anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits? In addition, they are on the EWG* Clean Fifteen list, which means that compared to other produce, they are processed with less pesticides and therefore are relatively safe when not purchased organic. I take this list with me when I go shopping and try to follow it especially concerning the Dirty Dozen Plus (those processed with the most pesticides).
Happy Friday everyone! I am featuring an awesome blueberry pineapple smoothie here today using fresh blueberries. It is delicious and healthy, and since blueberries are in season right now, the perfect smoothie to make.
Blueberries are well-known to be an antioxidant that contains flavonoids. Flavonoids are reported to help to prevent excessive inflammation throughout the body. So, blueberries are a good healthy food choice. There are some studies that say blueberries help memory, brain function and may even help prevent cancer.
Since it is strawberry season, I thought I would post the Strawberry Smoothie recipe again as well as some updated photos. Originally, I thought about updating the previous post with new photos, but then I decided since fresh strawberries are in abundance and I used fresh bananas (the last recipe I used frozen bananas and strawberries), I would highlight the differences.
Here’s a new smoothie to start your week! The inspiration for this strawberry smoothie comes from Whole Living. I adjusted the ingredients and have made a few different versions every time I have made it. The version here is my favorite. There are no “greens” in this smoothie like the kale or spinach smoothies (also delicious) I have previously posted. This strawberry smoothie reminds me of a strawberry milkshake, especially if you keep the consistency thick. I also like to really whip it up so a foam forms on top. I substituted agave for honey that was in the original recipe. I also added 6 ice cubes to help give it a frosty milk shake-y taste. Another great idea would be to freeze the banana ahead of time in a plastic bag, remove, cut into chunks and then place in the blender with the other ingredients. This would make the smoothie more of a frozen drink.
In the search for smoothies that are both healthy and delicious, I am happy to report I have found another winner.
Here you get two handfuls of spinach, yet you can’t taste the spinach in the final drink. Spinach is generally mild tasting. I happen to love spinach and love spinach salads, but if you are someone who doesn’t, this may be a way to get all the nutritious benefits of this wonderful green. I also added fresh ginger for a little added zip. I would consider this a mild tasting smoothie compared to the Green Kale Smoothie , (which was much sweeter tasting), I posted a few weeks ago and bet most kids would love it.
2012 was the year I discovered kale. I have a kale salad that I love, but have been looking for other ways to incorporate kale in to my every day life.
Enter the smoothie.
What you will love about this smoothie is that it is light, slightly sweet and refreshing. There is a only hint of kale flavor. If you like sweet drinks, you will like this. I had an appointment at 11:00 a.m. one day and knew I would be gone through lunch. I had this smoothie at 10:15 a.m. prior to leaving for my appointment and I was fine until 1:00 p.m. when I had lunch. I was not hungry at all.
This is a simple way to incorporate veggies and fruit into your diet with this satisfying drink.
Adding ground flaxseed adds omega 3s to your diet. Feel free to add additional ingredients to your taste. For example, I have made this smoothie adding a small piece of fresh ginger and it came out great. I use organic Lacinato kale. The original recipe is enough for two servings and I have adjusted the ingredients to my taste and for one serving. I prefer to make this and consume right away. It seems that when it “sits” the flavors become more intense and I prefer a lighter taste.
1 ripe medium banana
1 ripe pear or apple, peeled and chopped
1 cup kale, remove stems and chop
1/2 cup cold orange juice
1/2 cup cold water
6 ice cubes
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth, about a minute or so. I like to puree until there is a frothy foam at the top.
This would make a refreshing drink before or after a workout.