The post below is from my friend Courtney from Mulling it to Miller. Courtney fills her blog with awesome recipes, and she was nice enough to share one with us. This green smoothie recipe is a delicious, healthy option for breakfast or a snack. It’s filled with vitamins and antioxidants, and can even help with fat loss if that’s what you’re seeking.
Take it away, Court!
Every time you eat is an opportunity to nourish your body. Choose wisely!
Green Smoothies are a great way to start your day. Since my daily routine is generally a bit unique, I try and plan ahead what I will be eating so I don’t fall victim to the unhealthy munchies. I wake up by 5AM to start my day and head to our family horse farm to exercise horses and monitor riders (never ride alone!). Since it’s still is a bit chilly at that time, I begin with the good ol’ apple cider vinegar concoction as I don’t drink coffee. If you want to learn more about the benefits of drinking organic, raw, apple cider vinegar and my recipe check it out my blog Mulling it to Miller! As for the green smoothie, that comes after the above mentioned lovely drink (I won’t lie, the apple cider is not the tastiest thing out there, but you surprisingly get used to it).
Green Smoothie Recipe:
- 1 cup Pineapple
- 1 Mango
- 2 cups Spinach (or Kale)
- ½ banana
- 1/3 cup cucumber
- ½ Lime, peeled
- ½ cup
- 1 TSP fresh Ginger, peeled
- 1 cup ice
- 1 TSP Chia seeds (optional)
- ¼ cup Almond milk
Green smoothies are great as I feel, and have read the benefits that, it helps to eliminate belly fat and clean up your digestive system and liver. Here are my top benefits of drinking a green smoothie every morning:
- Natural Weight Loss
This is achieved by lowering your calorie intake when you replace your breakfast meal with the smoothie. However, you are increasing your fruit, veggie and fiber intake. It is also a great start to your day with something healthy and nutritious – helps to keep those sugar cravings at bay.
- Boost Fruit & Veggie Intake
As mentioned above, this smoothie helps increase your intake of fruits and veggies. Incorporating them into every meal is extremely important as many studies such as the American Cancer Society recommend eating 5-9 service PER DAY. Adding fruit like mango and pineapple helps masks the bitter taste of the spinach/kale. This helps with your intake of vitamins A and C!
- Easy to Digest
Eating the recommend dose of fruits & veggies can sometimes be challenging on your digestive system if eaten raw. Throwing them into a smoothie eases that! By blending them the outer cell walls of the greens and fruits are broken down – think quicker absorption.
Eating healthy greens such as spinach/kale helps promote overall well-being. These greens are super rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients (something that I need immensely!)
Dark leafy greens are packed with antioxidant phytochemicals (think kaempferol, carotenoids, lutein, quercetin and zeaxanthin). Those words are all a bit scary, but trust me, it’s good for you and all are gained by things found in nature!
- Increased Source of Energy
While sometimes fruits may give you a quick burst of energy it is generally fleeting (like a sugar high), adding greens to your smoothie helps balance the sugar content. This also due to the fact that green smoothies contain a great source of magnesium and B vitamins.
The added bonus of incorporating chia seeds are they too help fight belly fat! Not only are they a great source of your daily fiber, they can absorb 27 TIMES their size in water. Now why is that important? By having the ability to absorb so much water, they help keep you regular, get rid of that pesky water weight and fill you up without the bloat. Remember how I mentioned their high fiber content? Well, they also contain a great source of protein, carbs and fat – think well balanced macronutrients which is how you create a high functioning metabolism.
Try one tomorrow and let me know what you think! Do you have any favorite smoothie recipes that you like to drink? Drop me a line on my blog to let me know.
Meet the Author:
Courtney is a 27-year-old working insurance professional (yawn). But don’t lether day job fool you – she also runs a lifestyle blog (Mulling it to Miller) with her fiancé Steve found here and helps run/manage her family’s hunter/jumper equestrian facility, GMC Farm LLC. While Steve is busy running his own business, SJM Carpentry LLC, he doesn’t escaping coming home to a ‘hunny-do list’ though his might be a bit more unconventional than most (thing build patio table, refurnish dresser, fix fence line at the farm). Big dreams on a nonexistent budget force them to be crafty not only with their meals, but everything else they do! Checkout their blog for everything from meal ideas, travel guides and shopping finds!