Don't just say you should eat more vegetables do it! One blueberry-banana green smoothie transforms huge handfuls of nutritious leafy greens into a refreshing blended juice with tons healthy benefits. This recipe is a multi-vitamin in a glass!
- Quick and easy 4 ingredient smoothie recipe (plus water and ice)
- Turn boring salad ingredients into a fun juice
- Only 115 calories per serving
I turned on the t.v. the other day and a celebrity doctor was talking about the very best foods to eat if you want to lose weight before summer. After a brief introduction of the concept he got carried away listing macro-nutrients, micro-nutrients, and how they impact metabolism, blood sugar, belly-fat, and more. I couldn't keep up with what he was saying and I have an above average knowledge of nutrition. I guessed none of his target audience had a clue about what he was saying. All those technical words sounded important and startling, this is probably what motivates people to follow his advice.
I talk to busy women all the time about the obstacles keeping them from losing weight. Over and over they tell me they just don't have time to think about healthy eating. They want to lose weight, they know it is important, but they just want someone to tell them what to do.
The look that I see in the eyes of these women is the same look I see in the mirror when I am feeling overwhelmed. The look says I am sick and tired of feeling sick and tired but I can't see my way out of this pickle I'm in. I know the answer has to be simple or whatever I suggest will feel like an anvil rather than a life line.
The very first thing I suggest to these busy women is the very tool I use to keep things simple for myself. I tell them, eat the rainbow.
If you have heard me talk about weight loss then you have probably heard me talk about eating the rainbow. On instagram and facebook I frequently post pictures from my own meals with the hashtag #EatTheRainbow. I am a huge proponent of filling every meal with colorful fruits and vegetables. First and foremost plants are a fantastic source of tummy filling fiber.
Additionally, when you eat a variety of colorful plants you naturally consume a variety of nutrients; nutrients the celebrity doctor was spewing all over morning television. The best part about this eat-the-rainbow technique, you don't have to know the difference between magnesium and riboflavin to be confident you are filling yourself and your family with nature's multi-vitamins. How liberating and empowering.
Blueberry-Banana Green Smoothie
- 2 cups 85g Power Greens (or a combination of any of these: baby spinach, baby chard, and/or baby kale)
- 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
- 1 large very ripe banana
- 2 tablespoon lime juice fresh or bottled
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup ice
- Place all ingredients into a blender, blend until smooth. Drink immediately and refrigerate any leftovers.
I may not be a celebrity doctor but I do love learning about what is in my food. Join me in geeking out over the nutrient details for 1 serving of this blueberry-banana green smoothie.