The coffee comes first each morning, followed by a nutrient-rich green smoothie. The coffee wakes me up, but the smoothie gives me lasting energy and keeps me satiated until lunch and sometimes beyond (any leftovers I slurp down later as a snack).
We're told by nutrition experts to eat so many servings of fruits and vegetables eat day (it varies by gender and age, so check here to see what's right for you). But for some, 4 cups of produce in one day can be a lot. One of the best ways to pack in those vital nutrients without eating a mega-salad is in a smoothie. It's better than juicing because you get the benefit of the whole food, not just the juice. And if you're not a fan of veggies, adding in a fruit or two, such as a banana, is a great way to create a super tasty meal!
To my smoothies I typically add 2-3 large handfuls of spinach, kale, or a mixture of greens, then vary the fruit (banana, frozen berries, oranges, pears, apples). I always include a tablespoon of good-for-you coconut oil, a tablespoon of fiber and nutrient-rich flaxseed meal, and top it off with coconut water (much lower in calories than using juice). Here's my easy smoothie recipe from this morning. I hope you enjoy!
Orange and Green Smoothie
Makes 1.5 servings
3 large handfuls fresh spinach
1 small seedless orange such as clementine or mandarine, peeled
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
12 ounces coconut water
Blend until smooth and enjoy!