I was never a fan of green smoothies until recently. When I say “recently” I mean in the last year. I always wanted to drink them but they tasted leafy. I.could.not.drink.them. No way. Until… I tried this Pineapple Green Smoothie Recipe.
I never understood why you’d want to drink your greens when salads are so awesome. Until, I began having digestive issues and had to cut most of my leafy greens out of my diet. After a few months of limiting my greens, I realized I had to find another way.
It wasn’t’ the “cooked” vs. “raw” that was causing me to have difficulty digesting them; it was my stomach not being able to break down their leafy texture (I have issues digesting other vegetables too). What did I do to get the benefits of greens? I bought expensive green powders and mixed them with my yogurt and fruit smoothies, but I didn’t like the taste.
And then, everything changed when I got a high powered blender.* I saw the difference it made making leafy things super smooth and practically invisible. I know a lot of people like things like ginger and seeds in their green smoothies; but I’ve found that I prefer to make my 3 cups of greens taste like a piña colada -almost.
This pineapple smoothie recipe is my go-to recipe to drink my daily greens. It’s so good, my 2 year old drinks it.
I often show my daily green smoothie next to my lunch on Instagram. And, more often than not, people ask if I use protein powder in my smoothies. For a while, I used my husband’s protein powder and I found that I couldn’t digest it either. One day, I tried Vega One (made with pea protein) and I couldn’t believe how good it tasted plus the added benefits a single scoop provides.
I typically add protein to my smoothies when I need to supplement my meal (because I didn’t pack any protein) or need a hefty snack to hold me over for at least 4 hours before my next meal. I also use on days I work out and need extra nutrition.
Looking for a good protein powder now a days can be as confusing . There are may things I like about Vega One; but perhaps what tops the list is that it’s made from real, non-GMO, whole food ingredients. One scoop provides 20g of protein, 6 servings of greens, 50% of my daily vitamins and minerals from food sources (not synthetic like most vitamins), fiber, 1.5g of Omega 3s, and probiotics. So, that’s a lot of pills I now don’t have to take -daily.
As a mom that’s constantly on-the-go with the kids or for work, it’s tough to put health at the top of my priority list. For the last year, I’ve felt better physically than I have in a long time. Can I attribute it to my daily green smoothie? Not everything but I firmly believe that it plays a part.
More than ever I’m paying attention to the foods I eat, the quality of ingredients I purchase for my family, create healthy routines, make sure I move more, and smile more. I want to live a rich life; and to do so, I have to put my health first.
Considering how difficult it is to eat enough vegetables in our diet, drinking my green smoothie makes me feel like I’ve accomplished a health goal for the day. I realize that every day we have a choice to eat good for us foods or not, and I like feeling good about my choices.
Want to see how easy this smoothie is to make and learn some tips to make your green smoothies not taste leafy? Check out this video.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 2 handfuls fresh spinach
- 1 scoop Vega One Vanilla protein
- Add all ingredients inside a blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth.
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