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Pineapple and Kale Smoothie

It’s been awhile since I last posted a smoothie recipe, me thinks. So, here you go! Pineapple is my favorite fruit and this one is pretty refreshing. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

Ingredients:

1 cup pineapple

1/2 cup kale

1/2 cup Greek Yogurt, Vanilla.

1/4 cup Orange Juice (optional. I like the orange and pineapple combo)

Blend!

Enjoy!

Enjoy!

 

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Raspberry Pineapple Tofu Smoothie

I hate bananas.

 

Okay, glad I got that out of the way. I will not be posting any smoothie recipes that have bananas in them lol Sorry guys. I know its good for potassium and thickening the smoothies….BUT, Spinach has lots of potassium (and I add them quite often) AND I can easily use other things to thicken my smoothies. So no bananas. 😛 Now, onto the recipe itself.

Raspberry Pineapple Tofu Smoothie ❤

1 cup raspberry (fresh or frozen)

1 cup silken tofu

1 cup soy milk (or almond, or cows milk if you want, but the other two makes it smoother)

1/4 cup orange Juice

Blend!

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Nutritionally, this is a good way to start your day. Though, sometimes I have smoothies for lunch or a snack after dinner. Raspberries are low in calories and saturated fats but are rich source of dietary fiber and antioxidants. Raspberries contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. They are rich in B-complex group of vitamins and vitamin K. The berries contain very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid. These vitamins are function as co-factors and help body in the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fats. So basically, they’re fucking awesome.

Pineapples are loaded with vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. It is also rich in fiber and calories. On top of it all, this fruit is low in fat and cholesterol. All the nutrients it contains promote good health. Since pineapples are rich in vitamin C, it can fight off viruses that cause cough and colds. Even when you are already infected with such ailment, pineapples can help you. These fruits have bromelain, which is effective in suppressing coughs and loosening mucus. Eating pineapples while taking the right medications prescribed by the doctor for your sickness can help you recover more quickly! A Bonus! Pineapples are also popular for their ability to build and maintain strong bones. This is because these fruits contain manganese, which is a trace mineral that your body needs to build bones and connective tissues. In fact, if you consume a cup of pineapple, you can already get 73 percent of your total body requirement for manganese.

Consuming tofu regularly helps lower bad cholesterol, alleviates symptoms associated with menopause and even lowers the risk of cancer. Other major health benefits of tofu compared to meat include making middle-aged bones stronger and delaying the ravages of age. Tofu has been found to be a great source of calcium and vitamin E as well.

And most importantly, it tastes good. What other reason do you need?

If you give it a try, tell me what you think. Or if you have any recipe suggestions for me to try, share those too. I’m always searching for new smoothies to sip. Till Next Time.

Sip On my Lovelies, To Good Health ❤

Lean N’ Green. “The Hulk” Smoothie

I have a soft spot for smoothies. They are essential to my day to day life. I love that I can get so much nutrients in a glass of awesome. I like a variety of fruits (except bananas, I hate the little bastards) and ‘greens’ and…other misc things in my smoothies. Since I started becoming vegetarian and eating better, I have been experimenting with different combinations. I have also been drinking more Green Smoothies. This is my favorite so far. If you like Avocado…I HIGHLY recommend you try this. You won’t regret it. I give you…The Hulk.  *Cue Applause*

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • Half a ripe avocado, halved and pitted
  • 1/2 cup spinach. Or more!
  • 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 3/4 cup milk (can be substituted with almond or soy milk…I recommend almond or vanilla soy)
  • 3 tsp honey (I generally just use stevia. But you can use either)

1) Combine avocado, spinach, yogurt and honey into a blender.
2) Blend

Optional: You can put it in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to let it thicken up. I’ve tried it and it was so indulgent. But either way you do it, it’s drool worthy and packed with so much goodness.

Why they’re good for you:Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat, the heart-healthy kind. Avocados are loaded with a variety of antioxidants, including familiar disease-fighting compounds such as lutein, beta-carotene, and vitamin E. They are considered one of the best fruits for you, health wise!
Spinach is a very nutrient dense green. It’s low in calories yet very high in vitamins and minerals. This leafy green is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, magnesium, folate, manganese, iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B2, potassium, and vitamin B6. It’s a very good source of protein, phosphorus, vitamin E, zinc, fiber and copper. Plus, it’s a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Of course you get your calcium from the dairy as well. All of this packed into one glass. It’s sexy. Well…I find it sexy…no judgement.

And it's pretty too. If that helps.

And it’s pretty too. If that helps.

I got myself a tall glass. All that was missing was a beach and a hammock…and my boyfriend fanning me with a large feather ❤

Don’t fear the green, embrace the green! Every smoothie enthusiast should have a “go to” green smoothie ❤ It will be my job to convert you all.

Challenge Accepted.

~Sip on my lovelies: To Good Health~