Saturday, August 31, 2013

Green Smoothie #2

I have a confession to make... I absolutely adore green smoothies. Don't judge me.

Now, this statement comes with a little warning on it, as I have really only ever tried two. And both I am obsessed with. I started my love affair with the Green Monster smoothie that is like an electric green milkshake for breakfast, all jam packed with spinach and good for you things. But I needed more. 

I knew I needed to venture out of the spinach realm (knowing that usually spinach in a green smoothie will be tasteless) and try... wait for it... kale. I have only ever eaten kale as a chip, so I wasn't about to do this immediately, and I wasn't about to do this without doing a little research first. I have been told that raw kale has quite a unique flavor, and when I hear that, I always go on the assumption that I'm not going to like it. 

As always, FitSugar helped. I got my daily email with an article and recipes about de-bloating. DING DING DING. I will do {almost} anything to debloat. This smoothie makes the claim that it has these items in it that help with bloating, add fiber into your diet, and ease digestion. Kale is one of these things from the sounds of it... And when you pair it with the flavors of sweet pineapple and berries, you have yourself a match made in flat-belly heaven. And, it's delicious, at that! 

{Note: nothing about my belly is flat. BUT I will definitely say that after drinking this smoothie daily for a week, I felt like I looked less bloated in both my belly region as well as my face. And I actually got compliments from people telling me I looked like I lost weight.}

Recipe of the day
Adapted from: Fitsugar.com
Ingredients:
Appx 1/3 cup 0% Chobani vanilla
8 roasted almonds
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1 cup kale
1 cup water + a little extra
1 tsp chia seeds

Instructions:
  1. Combine all ingredients in blender
  2. Blend until smooth, add water as needed
Notes:
  • I used a fresh pineapple, cut it and measured it and froze in individual baggies to just grab in the morning
  • I think chia seeds are a great and necessary addition to this smoothie
  • I strongly dislike the taste of almond butter, so I chose to use actual almonds instead. The original recipe calls for almond butter.

Original recipe can be found by clicking here.






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