realfoodCourt's low sugar green smoothie

Happy belated Valentine's day friends! I hope you all had some extra love in your life this weekend... don't dogs (and cats) make greatest valentine's?

Today I wanted to finally share my green smoothie recipe with you! If you recall, I posted about my new years detox back in January. One of my goals was to cut back on my animal meat intake. One way I am doing this is by making green smoothies for breakfast. A month and a half later and I am sticking with them! I bring an egg bake breakfast one or two times during the week to save some time, but I am still look forward to my smoothies.
PS Last week's post featured money saving tips that will come in handy for this recipe!


My green smoothie is nothing fancy. In fact, these ingredients make great staples in any household because they can be incorporated into all sorts of recipes and snacks. This smoothie is SUPER low in sugar...literally the half banana has ~ 8 grams and the 3-5 chunks of pineapple is about 1/4 of a cup which has 4 grams of sugar. That is 12 grams of NATURAL sugar in this super filling smoothie. Not to mention, the fat content is off the charts. Don't let it scare you! Fat is important for brain function, energy metabolism, and satiety. The avocado, flax and chia seeds, and nut butter will help you pass on that doughnut in the break room and keep your energy up. Hemp seeds add a protein punch, as does the protein powder- if you choose to add it. Tip: I like to bring a hard boiled egg to have with my smoothie since I don't add the protein powder.

superfoods give this smoothie a giant dose of healthy, anti-inflammatory fats

Remember, It is never, ever, too cold for a smoothie. Enjoy.

Ingredients

  • ice cubes
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3-5 pineapple chunks
  • 2 big handfuls of greens (spinach, kale, chard, or a blend)
  • 1/4 Avocado
  • 1 big spoonful of almond butter
  • 1 c unsweetened almond milk (more for a less thick consistency)
  • 1/2 Tbsp chia seed
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 Tbsp hemp seeds, for the topping
  • 1 scoop of plain or vanilla protein powder, optional
  • 1/2 scoop of Dynamic Greens Berry flavor, optional
 these greens add 1-2 servings of veggies- check out last weeks post to find out how buying in bulk can save you money and help you create delicious smoothies all week long.

these greens add 1-2 servings of veggies- check out last weeks post to find out how buying in bulk can save you money and help you create delicious smoothies all week long.

Directions

1. Revisit my summer smoothie post for my tips and tricks for how to alter smoothie recipes to work with any blender.

2. Place all ingredients in blender. Blend.

3. Add more almond milk as needed. Add more ice to reach desired consistency.

4. Top with hemp seeds.

*Hint: I pack up my ingredients (not the ice or frozen pineapple) into a tupperware at night. In the AM I just dump it into a blender, add my almond milk and frozen items, and blend.

What are your favorite green smoothie ingredients? Try this out and let me know what you think!!

Real food tastes good.

 

Until next time...