After yesterday’s poll on Facebook, it’s clear that you are craving smoothies just as much as I am these days.
Rightfully so, they’re perfect for cooling down your body during the spring and summer months and they’re a great way to boost your nutrition as well.
I’m all about healing the body from the inside out with food and know that a diet packed with fresh vegetables and fruits can help in the beauty department too — especially when it comes to improving your skin, hair and nails.
It’s also important not to get stuck in a rut eating the same foods day after day. Make sure you include a variety of different foods to supply your body with all the nutrients it needs. The more colorful the fruits and veggies, the better! Skittles may not be a healthy snack option, but they’re on to something with the whole “taste the rainbow” thing. 🙂
My secret weapon for getting in vitamin-packed fruits and veggies is by having at least one salad or smoothie each day — most of time I have one of each.
Smoothies in particular are really helpful when you’re trying to increase your consumption of leafy greens because you can add a a variety of green leafy vegetables into one smoothie — way more than you’d likely eat in a salad. The smoothie recipe I’m sharing today has a whole romaine heart and spinach!
Why smoothies and not juice? I have a juicer and drink fresh juice every now and then but I prefer smoothies because you still get all the fiber. The fiber makes the smoothie more filling and also helps control your blood sugar.
I’m calling today’s green smoothie the Hello Beautiful! Green Detox Smoothie because it’s packed with nutrient-filled fruits and vegetables to help hydrate your skin, strength your nails and make your hair strong and healthy. Hydration is arguably the most important factor for achieving a beautiful, healthy glow so I used water for the base and boosted the hydration factor by adding a full romaine heart. The healthy fat from the chia seeds is there to help your body absorb all the nutrients.Print
- 1 cup water
- 1 full romaine heart
- 1 big handful baby spinach
- 1 frozen banana (chopped)
- 1/2 of a Pink Lady or Fuji apple
- 1/2 lemon, peel removed
- 4-5 fresh mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- Place water, romaine and spinach into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
- Add the lemon, banana, apple, mint and chia seeds. Blend on high until banana has been completely pureed and the mixture is smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy. Feel free to take a look in the mirror while drinking and say, “Hello beautiful!” 🙂
- Serving Size: 1 smoothie
- Calories: 222
- Sugar: 25g
- Fat: 2g
- Carbohydrates: 49g
- Fiber: 12g
- Protein: 7g