My favorite green smoothie is quick, easy, and packed with nutrients. Blending with a Vitamix makes this smoothie incredibly creamy.
My family and I vacationed to anywhere with a beach when the opportunity was given. Be it Hawaii, Mexico, or Costa Rica, my go to frozen drink was always a Pina Colada. What it lacked in nutrition the drink made up for in how delicious it was. The alcohol goes straight to your head, brain freeze is imminent, and what is not to love about a cute-sy umbrella. Although a pre-made mix is almost always used and it contains scary ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Let’s not forget the sugar content requires you to carry around an insulin shot. Not an ideal choice when you want to stay healthy.
Enter my favorite green smoothie.
This green pina colada is a creamy mix of ingredients with less sugar and more nutrients than its white counterpart. The goji berries are optional but are one of my favorite add-ins to smoothies. Let’s take a look at the nutrient content.
Coconut Water is packed with electrolytes and has much less sugar and sodium than sports drinks or other drinks that are used for hydration. [source]
This is the coconut water I use:
Flaxseed Oil is beneficial to heart health, maintaining cholesterol levels, bone and joint health, and for skin and hair support. It is an alternative for vegetarians and vegans who wish to supplement fish oil. Flaxseed oil is also a valuable source of Omega 3 fatty acids and lignans. [source]
Spirulina is one of my all-time favorite ingredients ever. It is green algae (stay with me) and is considered the most complete food source in the world. Spirulina contains over 100 nutrients and is 60% protein. In one teaspoon serving, spirulina satisfies your daily Vitamin A (230%) and B12 (150%) requirements. Vitamin K1 (75%), Magnesium (36%), Manganese (20%), and Chromium (33%) are also included. [source]
This is the only spirulina I will use:
Important: for a food source to be considered “healthy” or labeled “a good source” the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in it should satisfy at least 20% of your daily recommended value. This information is printed on labels and I will be posting about labels and how to read them properly at a later date.
I hope you enjoy this smoothie as much as I do. I think I drank this every single morning for two years straight. That is not an exaggeration either.
Enjoy your Tuesday!
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