A Little of This and a Little of That

Get Up and Go Smoothie

You can pack a lot of really great things into a smoothie glass. A smoothie has a lot of positives. It’s can be a  healthy and tasty breakfast or snack for people on the go. For those of you who are terrible about eating breakfast, it only takes about 8 minutes to make and you can drink it while you’re getting ready in the morning. It’s not messy to drink in the car on the way to work or while you’re chauffeuring little ones around because it’s thick and you can put a straw in it. If you have a hard time getting your fruit or veggie servings in, a smoothie is a great way to do that. The options are endless and the only thing limiting you is your gag reflex. I know a lot of people that can drink a smoothie packed full of spinach, kale, and beet greens. I’m not one of them. I can handle a small amount of greens and herbs in my smoothies, but major amounts of cold, pureed, kale and spinach for breakfast make me shudder. Don’t be afraid to venture out a little bit though, you never know, a morning smoothie might end up being your new “go to” healthy drink.

What I used:

*This recipe makes 1 – 16oz smoothie

• A Vitamix Blender (I highly recommend it, it’s worth every penny)

•1 – 8oz Can of Pineapple Tidbits in 100% Pineapple Juice

•1 Cup Frozen Mixed Berries (Blackberries, raspberries, & blueberries)

•1 Very Ripe Frozen Banana (Stash your overripe bananas in the freezer)

•1/4 Cup Slivered Almonds

•1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley

•1 inch of Fresh Peeled Ginger (If the skin isn’t tough you can leave it on)

•Juice of 1 Small Lemon

•1/4 Cup of Ice

Lemon, pineapple, ginger, and parsley are all considered “detox” foods and are fantastic for digestion and inflammation. You can read more below on the health benefits of all of the ingredients in this smoothie. Even if you only add a smoothie to your daily routine 3 to 4 times per week, you are packing your diet full of vitamins, minerals, and adding all kinds of other major benefits to your health.

Health Benefits of Pineapple

Health Benefits of Berries

Health Benefits of Bananas

Health Benefits of Almonds

Health Benefits of Parsley

Health Benefits of Ginger

Health Benefits of Lemon

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