What Do They Eat? - Berry Spinach Smoothies

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

It's always sad to say goodbye to Summer's delicious offerings, especially berries.  I eat fresh raspberries, blueberries and strawberries for breakfast and dessert almost everyday during the Summer months.

On a recent visit to Virginia I got to catch up with my great friends, Kera and Kyla.  This mother/daughter duo loves to run then make smoothies together.  Their favorite smoothie combo involves fresh berries and spinach which is very similar to mine.



Just so you know there is no wrong way to make a smoothie; you just throw your favorite fruits, vegetables, nut butter, juice and/or milk into a blender to create your preferred mix.   My only suggestion would be to stick to quality ingredients and be careful not to add sugary juices so your fresh fruit will play the starring role.   Some people might find it odd to add spinach into a fruit smoothie but truth be told you don't taste is at all and it's a great way to amp up on your vitamin K, A and C intake.

BERRY & SPINACH SMOOTHIE    makes 2 servings

2 cups fresh or frozen berries
1 cup fresh spinach
1 banana
1 Tbsp almond butter (or your preferred nut butter)
1/2 cup almond milk (or your preferred nut milk, juice or water)
1/2 cup yogurt (optional)

Directions:
1.  Wash your fruit and vegetables thoroughly
2.  Place all your desired ingredients into the blender together
3.  Blend until smooth
Sip and enjoy slowly!

*Note:  Drinking smoothies is a refreshing and quick treat but this should not replace the act of eating your fruits and veggies in their whole form.  Eating and chewing the fiber of your food is an important part of the digestive and satiety process.

3 comments:

  1. Hi Susan! I did not know that you needed to "chew" fruits and veggies to enjoy their full fiber. Can you explain any more about the process and why it is different? Thanks for sharing your tips! I'm excited to learn more from you. Best of luck with your business.

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    1. Yes, I can explain. When you blend your fruits and veggies it breaks down their fiber content into a smooth liquid form and your body absorbs them faster. When you eat whole fruits and vegetables you must chew your food thoroughly to break it down and in turn you are getting the full fiber content. This process takes a bit longer to eat and to digest which will keep you satiated a bit longer. As you can imagine you can blend far more fruits and veggies into a smoothie so if someone is counting calories they might want to consider this when determining which form they would like to eat their food.

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  2. Hey Susan, this is great! I am going to make these for my kids.

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