Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Super Healthy Spinach Smoothie

If you are a friend or family member I know you are sick to death of hearing me rave about this recipe.  However, I must continue on the bandwagon of green smoothies.  It is just too impressive!  I am not a health nut by any stretch, my husband however is.  I do eat healthy more often than not and this smoothie is how we start most days.  Please don't be deterred by the spinach, I PROMISE you won't taste it.

Spinach Smoothie
1 medium banana
2 cups fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
2 T. ground flax seed
1 t. agave nectar
1.5 cups almond milk (I use Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla)
1/2 cup ice
Place everything in a blender and blend until smooth.



Nutrition info:
Calories - 350
Fiber - 11.5
Fat - 10 (Keep in mind these are VERY healthy fats found in the flax and almond milk)
Protein - 7.5 (If you are looking for more I highly recommend Nature's Sunshine Love and Peas, yum!)
Sugar - 31 (All naturally occurring in the fruit and agave)
We usually share this, I'm not a big breakfast eater and Mike has a slice of toast with his.  Totally delicious!






A few tips on organics...... This is a list of "The Dirty Dozen", aka fruits and veggies to buy organic if at all possible.  These things are not that expensive and spinach is available organic almost everywhere.  It would be a sad thing to drink such a healthy smoothie and yet be ingesting all those pesticides.
  1. Nectarines – 97.3% of nectarines sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  2. Celery – 94.5% of celery sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  3. Pears – 94.4% of pears sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  4. Peaches – 93.7% of peaches sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  5. Apples – 91% of apples sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  6. Cherries – 91% of cherries sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  7. Strawberries – 90% of strawberries sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  8. Imported Grapes – 86% of imported grapes (i.e. Chile) sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  9. Spinach – 83.4% of spinach sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  10. Potatoes – 79.3% of potatoes sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  11. Bell Peppers – 68% of bell peppers sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  12. Red Raspberries – 59% of red raspberries sampled were found to contain pesticides.  

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