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“I <3 fruits” smoothie

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I used to eat cereal with fresh fruits and soy milk for breakfast. Well…and then I was trying to increase my protein intake as a nutritionist had suggest that I need more daily protein based on my activity level. So I started making smoothies for breakfast. The combination of ingredients is basically endless.

My favorite fruit ingredients:
berries (such as raspberries, blackberries, avocado, and banana–look it up!)
strawberries
mango
pomegranate
kiwi

My favorite veggie ingredients:
kale
spinach
chard
collards
broccoli
celery

Other ingredients (to increase protein content of smoothie):
peanut butter
nuts (such as almonds)
flax seed
protein powder (I like using Nutiva Hemp Protein Powder either available local, but definitely through Amazon)

Even though there is an endless variety of combinations, here is a smoothie that I make quite regularly:
1 banana
handful of fresh spinach leaves (Note: can be frozen)
handful of blackberries
handful of raspberries
4 strawberries
1 tablespoon peanut butter
< 1/2 cup coconut water (Note: Coconut water has electrolytes, so it is perfect for somebody who has low blood pressure)
protein powder, optional

Place all ingredients into blender and blend until well-mixed. Makes about 16 ounces.

Note:
* I like using fresh green leafy veggies as they are loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Be careful though, too many leaves added to the smoothie may overpower the flavor of the fruits.
http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-kitchen-11/leafy-greens-rated
* The smoothie can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days in an airtight container. I usually use a container from Whole Foods. The very top layer may change color a bit due to oxidization, similar to how the surface of a cut apple turns brown.
* Also be careful using blueberries. If you use too many, after storing overnight the smoothie resembles “blueberry concrete”.

I <3 fruits

I heart fruit!

Prior to blending

Prior to blending

Blended

Blended

Smoothie storage

Smoothie storage

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2 thoughts on ““I <3 fruits” smoothie

  1. love the fruit heart! And I also love fruit and greens smoothies with nut butters, yum.

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