Smoothie Monday

Hey Dolls! I hope that you had a wonderful Fourth of July! In addition to the holiday, we celebrated my husband, whose birthday is also on the 4th. And celebrate we did! I recently started a run streak challenge.  At least one mile a day, every day for 31 days. I’m only on day 4, but have been faithful. Along with my daily runs, I have been extremely focused on healthy eating. I was good until yesterday. The holiday and hubby’s birthday took a Doll down! Burgers, bubbly and Fourth-themed cupcakes Oh My! But today brings a renewed commitment. 

I usually do an oatmeal with fresh fruit for breakfast – fresh strawberries and blueberries to sweeten the taste, as opposed to sugar, brown sugar or a substitute. But I’ve decided to switch it up. Smoothies it is! There are so many options and I like diversity, so I will be trying a new recipe weekly. First up, the Apple Kiwi Superpower Green Smoothie. Peep the mixology below.

The Ingredients 

1 apple, cored and cut into chunks

  • Extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber
  • May help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease

1 kiwi, peeled and quartered

  • High source of Vitamin C
  • Sleep inducer
  • Good source of dietary fiber 
  • Helps digestion 
  • Good source of Folate
  • Powerhouse of vitamins and minerals – Vitamins A, B6, B12, E, and Potassium, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium
  • Aids in producing beautiful skin

1 handful tender kale leaves, chopped (about 2 cups)

  • Low in calories, high in fiber, zero fat
  • High in iron
  • High in Vitamins K, C, Calcium
  • Filled with powerful antioxidants 
  • Great anti-inflammatory food
  • Great for cardiovascular support
  • Great detox food

1/2 cup cilantro leaves

  • Low calorie, no cholesterol 
  • Good amounts of antioxidants, essential oils and dietary fiber
  • May help reduce LDL or “bad cholesterol” levels in the blood
  • Good source of minerals – Potassium, Calcium, Manganese, Iron and Magnesium 
  • Rich in many vital vitamins – Folic Acid, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin A, Beta Carotene, Vitamin C
  • One of the richest herbal sources for Vitamin K, which supports bone health

1 1/4 inch slice of ginger, peeled and chopped

  • Supports digestive health
  • Reduces nausea, pain reduction and inflammation

1 cup of filtered water

The Mixology. Blend all ingredients until smooth, adding more water if desired.

Makes 1 large (24 ounce) or 2 small (12 ounce) smoothies. Enjoy! 

I also purchased a Nutri Ninja hoping that this will be a better alternative to my blender for making smoothies. I will let you know my thoughts over the  next several weeks. 

Dolls, leave a comment and share your favorite smoothie recipe.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

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