Karen’s Incredibly Quick and Nutritious Green Smoothie

Ingredients for an incredibly delicious green smoothie

Get Your Five A Day The Easy Way

How many times do you take fruit to work and not eat it?  Or have plans to make a salad for dinner but run out of time?  Even those of us with the best intentions have trouble getting all of the fruits and vegetables – and more specifically the nutrition that they provide – every day.

This smoothie recipe is so quick and easy you can make it in the morning to drink on your way to work, or put in a cooler and have it later in the day. I peeled the banana and kiwi and threw them along with all the ingredients in a smoothie maker and turned it on.  From start to finish it took me about five minutes.

Ingredients:

1 kiwi
1 banana
1 ½ cups frozen fruit
*I used a mix that had strawberries, mangos, peaches
4 cups raw spinach
¾ cup almond milk
*substitute skim or soy milk as desired

Put all of the ingredients in a smoothie maker or blender and mix.

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You could easily substitute the fruits I used for your favorites, or put in whatever you have on hand.  I used spinach for the greens, but kale, bok choy, or even green and red leaf lettuce will work. If you use different ingredients each time you make the smoothie, it will change the nutritional value enough that you’ll get a good variety of vitamins and minerals.  

Not only is Karen’s Green Smoothie incredibly quick and amazing, it’s also delicious and loaded with nutrition.

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I put I put all of the ingredients in the Calorie Count and nutritional analyzer and here are the results:

Nutrition –  Serving size – 862 g; Calories 382; 13 Calories from Fat; Total fat 1.5g; Trans fat – 0; Cholesterol 5 mg; Sodium 201 mg; Total carbohydrates 86.7g; Dietary Fiber 11.9 g; Sugars 58.1 g; Protein 13.8 g; Vitamin A – 246%; Calcium 46%; Vitamin C 511%; Iron 25%

Nutrition Grade – A – The analysis reported that it is low in fat, sodium and cholesterol and high in dietary fiber, calcium, manganese, magnesium, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and very high in vitamins A and C.

Do you have a favorite green smoothie recipe?

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