I am always trying to find ways to fit more fruits and vegetables in throughout my day. Smoothies can be a great option to increase plant-based foods; that being said, it’s all about what you put in them.
Balance is key. You want some fruit, vegetables, protein and/or healthy fat sources. Green smoothies allow for the perfect blend and I promise you won’t be able to taste the spinach at all!
With the seasons changing, fresh produce becomes more limited and can be more expensive. Frozen fruit works great to thicken smoothies and is a great alternative during these colder months. Frozen fruit is typically processed at its peak ripeness, which helps lock in all the beneficial nutrients. If you are purchasing fresh fruit from far away like South America, it is typically harvested before it is ripe and it has to travel thousands of miles to reach its destination. During this time the fruit is exposed to oxygen, light and heat which can start degrading some of the nutrients. In this situation, frozen is actually the better choice.
Smoothies can be a quick, portable breakfast but sometimes I miss actually sitting down and eating something. This is why smoothie bowls are so appealing to me. With just a few small changes, a drink becomes more like a meal that you can take the time to enjoy. Adding toppings for texture and crunch make them even more appealing. Chia seeds, fresh fruit, and a bit of granola are my toppings of choice, but feel free to get creative. Go ahead and put down the straw, grab a spoon and carve some extra time out of your busy morning to give this smoothie bowl a try!
- 1 frozen banana, sliced
- ¾ cup plain, Greek yogurt
- ½ cup frozen pineapple
- 2 handfuls of baby spinach
- Chia seeds
- Combine banana, yogurt, pineapple, and spinach in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into bowl and top with desired toppings.
*If this combination is too thick for your blender, add a small amount of coconut water or milk to help thin it out.