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Berry Sneaky Green Smoothie Recipe


Smoothies are a great way to pack in the nutrients. They are chock full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. As well, adding a protein supplement will improve blood glucose control and keep you satisfied until your next snack. Flax seeds will also reduce hunger, keep you regular and can improve hormonal imbalances. Once you get the hang of it, smoothies are a quick, ready-to-go breakfast that is easily digestible great tasting, and satisfying. This recipe requires a good blender. I recommend the Vitamix or Blendtec. If you have a sub-par blender, try substituting the spinach with a greens supplement.

Ingredients:
1 cup baby spinach (or more if you like)
1 cup of almond milk (water, rice milk, soy milk can be substituted)
1 cup of berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or a mix)
½ frozen banana
1 Tbs. of ground flax seeds (or 1 Tbs. flax oil)
1 serving of a powdered protein supplement

Directions:
1. Blend the flax seeds until ground
2. Add the almond milk and baby spinach, starting with the blender at low speed and increasing until smooth
3. Add berries and frozen bananas and blend until smooth
4. Add powdered protein and blend briefly
5. If smoothie is too thick, more almond milk, water or ice can be added to achieve your desired consistency.
6. Enjoy as soon as possible to maximize nutritional benefits

Optional additions:

1 Tbsp. coconut oil (great source of healthy saturated fats)
1 Tbs. almond butter (great source of monounsaturated fats, vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber)
2 open capsules of probiotics (for healthy digestive and immune function)
liquid vitamin D (especially important in the winter for healthy immune function)
ice (helps to make the smoothie more palatable)
¼ cup cranberry or pomegranate juice (packs a fruity punch)
Pinch of cinnamon (for blood glucose control)

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