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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Fruit & Veggie Protein Smoothie

I made this smoothie with my mom the other day before we ventured out for a long hard day of... shopping!  Lol!  Basically, we just went through my mom's fridge and grabbed whatever fruits and veggies we could find, threw it in the VitaMix blender, and voila!  It turned out excellent; a perfect consistency and really yummy!  So, I figured I'd share it with you.  This is a great energizing smoothie to have pre or post workout due to the fact that it contains protein, quality carbohydrates, and natural sugars.

Fruit & Veggie Protein Smoothie
Serves 4

- 2 scoops of Vanilla Whey Protein Powder 
(I use VPX SRO Zero Carb)
- 2 cups of Organic Spinach
- 2 medium Carrots
- 1 medium Organic Apple, cored
- 1 small Banana
- 1/2 cup Celery
- 1/2 cup Strawberries, frozen
- 1/2 cup Blueberries, frozen
- 1/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

Blend all ingredients in a VitaMix blender until smooth.

You will need a high performance blender in order to emulsify the carrots and apple!

Nutritional Information:
Per Serving
111 calories, 0g fat, 100mg sodium, 343mg potassium, 
19g carbohydrates (4g fiber, 13g sugar), 12g protein.

But wait!  Before you chug down your delicious smoothie why not read up on how healthy it is!  You know I don't like to give you a recipe without some information on the ingredients :)  Below I have listed some of the key nutritional facts about the fruits and vegetables used to make this Fruit & Veggie Protein Smoothie.

Almond Milk: Almond milk is great to add to any smoothie because of its richness and creaminess.  It is lower in calories and fat than cow’s milk yet high in vitamins and nutrients such as Vitamin E and Calcium.

Carrots: Carrots are a good source of a variety of vitamins such as A, C, and K. They promote good eye health, a strong immune system, and are rich in fiber which supports bowel regularity and help control blood sugars.

Spinach: Low in calories and high in vitamins, spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in existence.  It is packed with cancer fighting antioxidants, protects against aging, and promotes improved cardiovascular health and brain function.

Celery: Celery has been known as a staple diet food due to the fact that it is incredibly low in calories and carbohydrates.  But, did you know that celery is packed with powerful antioxidants?  Recent research has illustrated celery's anti-inflammatory health benefits, including its protection against inflammation in the digestive tract itself.

Bananas: Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, magnesium, fiber and many vitamins and minerals. They are a terrific addition to any smoothie because they’re filling, nutritious, and contain natural sugars which are a great source of energy.

Berries: Berries give sweetness to the smoothie and contain high levels of nutrients and fiber. They are also rich in antioxidants and support healthy skin.



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