Mean Green Morning

My sister bought me the Nutribullet for Christmas which I love and have used every day!  I love juicing but it can be difficult and time-consuming to clean.  The Nutribullet is so much easier for daily use (especially in the morning before work) and doesn’t remove of all the fiber as a juicer may.  The skin and pulp of the fruits and veggies are full of fiber and where most of the vitamins and minerals are housed.  If you discard these parts, you’re throwing out the most beneficial portions of the produce!!!

I wanted to share my breakfast smoothie that I drink every morning and swear by for an energy packed, nutritious day!  I call it the Mean Green.  You can easily make this in any blender but the Nutribullet is great for on the go as you just pop the lid on and go!

For 1 serving the smoothie consists of ..

1. Half of a pear

2. Quarter of a avocado (not shown below)

3. Cut up a pineapple to your desire and add 4 to 5 pieces (key ingredient to making this taste good!)

4. Handful of Kale (pick the stems out)

5. One table spoon of flaxseed

6. One scoop (25 grams) of Vanilla Protein Powder to ensure you are getting the full package

7.  Two and half ounces of water (I add ice to make it cooler and more smoothie like)

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I chose these ingredients for the benefits that they offer to ensure you have a green, mean day!

1.  Pears– Provides 5 grams of total fiber, vitamin C, 15 % of your daily copper (essential for healthy central nervous system), vitamin K essential for normal blood clotting and antioxidants known for cleaning up body-damaging free radicals.

2.  Avocado – Helps curb your cravings! A recent study shows chowing down on avocado may satiate your hunger between meals.  They are full of magnesium and potassium (two nutrients known to help reduce blood pressure) AND there are 10 grams of fiber in a medium-sized avocado, with 75 percent of that fiber being insoluble (the one that speeds up the digesting process), and the other 25 percent being soluble (responsible for making you feel “full”).

3. Pineapple – Exceptional juiciness and a vibrant tropical flavor that balances the tastes of sweet and tart.  Also an excellent source of manganese and Vitamin C

4. Kale – Great source of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), the omega-3 fatty acid that’s essential for brain health, has 133 percent of a person’s daily vitamin A requirement and holds more calcium than a container of milk!

5. Flaxseed – A plant source of omega-3. These essential fatty acids (“essential” meaning they must be consumed because our bodies don’t make them) play an important role in the anti-inflammatory system of our body.  Contains lignans which reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men and of course a great source of fiber.

Enjoy

xo

PS – this reciepe makes for a great post-workout recovery drink!

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