Thursday, March 15, 2012

March is National Nutrition Month - Just Another Green Smoothie

Talk about “Green Smoothies”!  This Green-Colored Smoothie is a meal in a glass!  Pineapple is the dominant flavor in this version.  Just think St. Patrick’s Day!


This is very filling and delicious. There is so much fiber in it, I was still feeling full after 6 hours.  Don’t get me wrong, it does not make you feel stuffed, it just keeps you from being hungry.  The broccoli taste gets hidden by the other flavors.


Although it is loaded with sugar from the fruit, it is still healthy.  This is not one to be eaten everyday. Modify it, change up on the fruits, add other veggies.  The options are endless. Most likely, the banana could be omitted since the pineapple sweetens and provides the flavor.  Will try that next time.


Well, I was trying out a food processor to see if it stood up to it’s raves.  Yes it does pulverize everything edible!


Actually, the smoothie was supposed to be for one, but after trying to eat it, discovered that it is enough for two.  So I had breakfast, lunch and the afternoon snack all in one glass!
I always like to throw a handful of almonds in my smoothies and this one was no exception.
Raw pineapple has never been one of my favorites, but frozen added to a smoothie is just great! It gets all pulverized and only the taste is there, no stringy pineapple to chew..
I remember seeing Montel Williams trying to get this kid to drink his vegetables and wished I had one of those machines.  I really wanted to be able to make those smoothies and vegetable purees, but without the price.  Well, I can do  that now.  I didn’t get that machine, but I can pulverize vegetables! 
Now what’s a girl going to do with that Jack LaLanne Juicer?   Hmmm, anyone want a slightly used one real cheap?


First I pureed some raw carrots to make carrot soup - later on that.


It was time to make my morning smoothie.  I had just dropped some broccoli in boiling water, just to kill the germs, so I put about a cup in the blender along with my other ingredients.   The way I dropped things into the blender reminded me of Montel in his infomercials..  Had to chuckle as I was doing it.
I will just call this one Just Another Green Smoothie - with Fruits, Nuts and Vegetables.
Simple, wouldn’t you say?  I foresee lots of pulverized veggies and fruits in my future!



Just Another Green Smoothie - with Fruits, Nuts & Veggies


Just Another Green Smoothie - with Fruits, Nuts & Veggies

Ingredients

1 cup broccoli florets (about)
1 cup 0% Greek Yogurt
1 cup frozen pineapple cubes
1/4 cup natural almonds
1 banana
1/2 scoop protein powder


Procedure

1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Pulse and push down as necessary until blended.



Another Green Smoothie

Just Another Green Smoothie - with Fruits, Nuts & Veggies

If adding protein powder, stir it into the yogurt, so it won’t fly around.


Just Another Green Smoothie - with Fruits, Nuts & Veggies

This one is thick, so you will need a spatula to scrape it into the glass.  You will need a spoon to eat it!


Just Another Green Smoothie - with Fruits, Nuts & Veggies

Servings: 2


Nutrition (per serving): 288 calories, 9.5g total fat, 5.6g monounsaturated fat, 2.3g polyunsaturated fat, 2.2g linoleic acid, <1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 35.3g carbohydrates, 5.1g fiber, 30.2g net carbohydrates, 21.3g sugar, <1mg stigmasterol, 3.3g starch, 4.6g fructose, <1g galactose, 4.4g glucose, 7g sucrose, <1g maltose, 121.2mg sodium, 548.9mg potassium, 19.9g protein, 77.9mg calcium, 1150.8IU vitamin a, <1mg vitamin b6, 0mcg vitamin b12, 77.7mg vitamin c, 4.8mg vitamin e, <1mcg vitamin k, 1.4mg iron, <1g lysine, 0mcg lycopene, 14.4mg phytosterols, 2.2mcg selenium, <1mg thiamin, <1mg zinc.


If the banana is omitted; servings 2


Nutrition (per serving): 241 calories, 9.4g total fat, 5.5g monounsaturated fat, 2.2g polyunsaturated fat, 2.2g linoleic acid, <1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 22.9g carbohydrates, 4.7g fiber, 18.2g net carbohydrates, 14.8g sugar, <1mg stigmasterol, <1g starch, 2.1g fructose, <1g galactose, 1.7g glucose, 5.6g sucrose, <1g maltose, 125.5mg sodium, 361.4mg potassium, 19.4g protein, 78.6mg calcium, 322.2IU vitamin a, <1mg vitamin b6, 0mcg vitamin b12, 78.7mg vitamin c, 5.1mg vitamin e, 45.3mcg vitamin k, 1.2mg iron, <1g lysine, 0mcg lycopene, 5mg phytosterols, 1.6mcg selenium, <1mg thiamin, <1mg zinc

Just in case you want a mountain-man-sized smoothie - eat all of it!


Servings: 1


Nutrition (per serving): 577 calories, 19.1g total fat, 11.1g monounsaturated fat, 4.6g polyunsaturated fat, 4.3g linoleic acid, 1.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 70.6g carbohydrates, 10.1g fiber, 60.5g net carbohydrates, 42.6g sugar, 1.4mg stigmasterol, 6.6g starch, 9.3g fructose, <1g galactose, 8.8g glucose, 14g sucrose, <1g maltose, 242.4mg sodium, 1097.8mg potassium, 39.8g protein, 155.8mg calcium, 2301.6IU vitamin a, <1mg vitamin b6, 0mcg vitamin b12, 155.3mg vitamin c, 9.5mg vitamin e, 1.8mcg vitamin k, 2.7mg iron, <1g lysine, 0mcg lycopene, 28.8mg phytosterols, 4.4mcg selenium, <1mg thiamin, 1.8mg zinc.

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