Fact about me: for the majority of my life, I’ve hated vegetables with my whole heart. When I was little my mom would try and get me to eat vegetables and sometimes I remember crying because I hated them so much. One time I asked her if it was possible to become a “fruit-itarian.” HA. Little me is so funny.
Sadly, I’ve come to realize that you can’t become a fruit-itarian because vegetables (especially the super green ones) provide us with so many different micro-nutrients that our bodies need to function properly. And even though I’ve gotten older and I’ve come to
enjoy tolerate those green veggies, I’d still rather have something sweet and/or fruit flavored.
Who’s with me?
Enter the Skinny Green Tropical Smoothie.
This smoothie is perfect for someone who would rather not with vegetables, because you can’t taste ’em!
The skepticism was real the first time I made this smoothie because spinach in a smoothie just sounded way too healthy, even for my taste. So I only put a little bit in the blender, and it turned out this nasty brownish pink color that looked more like vomit than a smoothie, ew. BUT you still couldn’t taste the spinach!
So moral of the story, don’t be stingy with the spinach, adding about 2 handfuls the second time around made this pretty green color and you still can’t taste it at all.
And chia seeds, in case you haven’t heard, are the new super food trend these days and I’m starting to realize why. Men’s Fitness tells us that chia is filled with two times more protein than most grains and five times more calcium than milk. Plus, it has of high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, soluble fiber, potassium and antioxidants.
You can put any fruits in the smoothie, really. I really liked this combo of fruit the best because it’s just sweet enough without being too sugary. I didn’t even add any honey to my smoothie and strawberries are the way to my heart so obviously I added extra. So mix it up and get creative!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- 2 large handfuls of spinach
- 1 cup of frozen strawberries
- 1 cup of frozen peaches
- 1/2 a banana (not frozen)
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1-2 tablespoons of honey (or agave)
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
It can also be a great post workout smoothie! I just add a scoop of vanilla protein powder into the mixture and blend. And BOOM you have the healthiest post workout meal you’ve ever tasted.
Like I said, getting creative is the name of the game. Let the smoothie fit your needs and your tastebuds.
Anyways, I’m outta here people. I have lots of Thanksgiving aftermath to address (such as my food baby that won’t go away…yay for cardio) and life’s responsibilities to catch up on!
Talk soon, xoxo