This green smoothie is a super healthy and delicious way to start the day!
You might laugh about this but I have to say, I’m kind of proud of myself. You see, I’ve been working like a little doggie!
The text I sent my daughter (who lives in England) a few days ago might just be the best way to explain…
It’s true! I was beginning to resemble a little barrel! Boy, was I frustrated – as the warm weather began rolling around this spring and this girl started trying on summer clothes, well, let’s just say, I wasn’t happy. Nothing fit right and it made me mad.
Okay, I am getting older, and it’s true that metabolism does slow down a bit as you age, but you know what? I don’t think that’s my problem. I just really enjoy eating good food. I suppose you kind of figured that, since I have a food blog, right?
So I set up a little action plan for myself, eating leaner and healthier, limiting portion sizes and sweets, drinking lots of water (my kids call me a “camel”, cause I’m horrible at remembering to hydrate) and getting more exercise. Scott was in the same boat (weight-wise), and he agreed to join “the party”.
We started out with short distances on our bicycles and have increased a little each day. This morning, I biked with a friend and tipped the odometer at just a hair over 18 miles. Woohoo! I still have a way to go, but my clothes are definitely fitting better.
One little trick I always employ, when we’re trying to shed a few pounds, is to keep things interesting by substituting a smoothie occasionally, in lieu of a traditional breakfast. They’re easy, quick and supply lots of energy and nutrients.
I love green smoothies, as they’re not only loaded with sweet, juicy fruit, but they’re a great way to get those dark leafy greens into your diet in a super delicious way. The fruit flavors shine in a green smoothie, and yet you gain lots of wonderful vitamins and minerals from the greens. A win-win for sure!
I also like to make sure there’s plenty of protein in my smoothies, so we’re not hungry an hour later. I’ve tried different options for protein, this time deciding on Greek yogurt. Fresh peaches, pineapple and a super ripe banana are the other star players, and a bit of fresh ginger and coconut extract add lots of flavor.
Even if you’re not feeling “barrel-ish” like I was, be sure to put this delicious Peach and Fresh Pineapple Smoothie in your breakfast rotation. It will keep you satisfied for hours, and it’s simply a super fun way to start the day!
P.S. Thought you might like some suggestions for a few other types of healthy, delicious smoothies…
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- ½ cup light coconut milk,
- 1 cup 0% Greek yogurt, I like Fage
- 2 cups fresh spinach, packed
- 2 medium peaches, unpeeled, pitted and halved.
- 1 cup diced fresh pineapple,
- 1 medium ripe banana, the riper, the better
- 1 teaspoon finely chpped fresh ginger
- ½ teaspoon coconut extract
- 2 cups crushed ice
- Starting with the coconut milk (this will make it easier to blend), place all ingredients, except ice, in a blender container. Blend on high for a few minutes until all ingredients are incorporated and mixture is smooth.
- Add crushed ice and blend for another minute. Pour into tall glasses and enjoy!