Happy St. Patty's Day!

March 17, 2014

There are a couple things I'm particularly excited about today: 1. It's St. Patrick's Day 2. My new Wacom tablet T got me for my birthday! I decided to combine the two in today's post by making my favorite green smoothie, in honor of the "green" holiday, and adding the title to my picture using my new toy.

 Some people might be turned off at the thought of a green smoothie (you know who you are), but by adding dark green leafy vegetables, you are only benefiting your self by giving your body beneficial nutrients it needs to function properly (in a yummy smoothie no less). And, the sweetness of the fruit overpowers any taste you might get from the vegetable.

Did you know that cruciferous vegetables (such as kale) can actually lower your risk of certain cancers? The beneficial phytochemicals in these vegetables have been shown to combat the growth of cancer cells.

Ok, how much more proof do you need to run to your kitchen and make this smoothie right now? 

Serving Size 1 • 293 Calories • 3g of fat • 0g saturated fat • 2g cholesterol • 54mg sodium • 1265mg potassium • 83g carbs • 12g fiber • 50g sugar • 10g protein •

 This is definitely not diabetic friendly, due to the high carbohydrate and sugar content from the fruits.  Don't be discouraged by these numbers because although fruits naturally contain sugar and carbohydrates, they are also packed full of beneficial nutrients that outweight these ugly numbers. This smoothie contains 220% of your daily requirements for Vitamin A, 380% of Vitamin C and half of the recommended daily amount of fiber. Not to mention it's low in fat, cholesterol and sodium!

The little green smoothie
Serves 2
2 cups kale
1/2 cup water
1 banana
1/3 cup 0% fat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup frozen pineapple
1/4 cup frozen peaches
1/4 cup frozen mango
1/4 cup frozen strawberries
1 Tablespoon ground flax seed

Wash kale, blend together with water. Add in banana and Greek yogurt and blend well. Add in frozen fruit and blend. Lastly, add in ground flax for a boost in fiber + Omega 3!


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