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Smoothies. We can't even tell you how refreshing these are.

Have you considered making yourself a smoothie? Many people skip breakfast. We need the energy and brain power boost in the morning. If you're not feeding your body and brain in the morning, where do you "fill up"? When?

Many folks love to juice. While juicing provides a yummy drink optimal nutrition is really found in the pulp and skin that has been eliminated from the fruit or vegetable during juicing. In essence, your good intentions might leave you void of important nutrients and enzymes.

In addition, the fiber which is removed in juicing helps keep you full and aids in positive bowel habits. The ability to nutritionally balance you smoothie is also a win. Adding a protein source to your smoothie is simple.

Experimenting with ingredients to make a smoothie taste appealing is a real thing. It can be a delicate balance. Knowing your ingredients is key. Monitoring the amount of sugar and fat is vital.

Here are a few smoothie recipes to get you started. Ingredients should be able to be found at your local grocery store.

Bananas and Berries

2 cups blueberries, strawberries or blackberries fresh or frozen

1 medium banana (ripe is better), cut into pieces

1/2 cup crushed ice

2 cups plain yogurt (coconut, cow's milk, any work)

1 tbs. honey or a pinch of stevia

Blend until smooth.

Peachy Oat

10 slices of fresh or frozen peaches

1/2 cup blueberries fresh or frozen

1/8 cup orange juice (or omit)

1/3 cup oats

Enough almond, coconut, soy milk to cover ingredients.

Blend until smooth. Thin with more milk as desired.

Green Machine

1 cup frozen fruit

1 cup fresh greens (spinach, kale, arugula, spring greens)

1/2 cup milk (you choose)

1/2 TBS ground flax, chia, sunflower or pumpkin seeds

Blend and add up to 1/2 cup additional milk.

Note: A banana will make the smoothie sweeter and if your greens are coming to an end, freeze them for smoothie use. No more throwing away wilting greens unless they are no longer edible.


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