Trick yourself into eating more (weight-loss-inducing) veggies by hiding greens in nutty, fruity smoothies.
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Drink Your Greens
According to the 2015 dietary guidelines, 90% of Americans aren’t getting the recommended daily amount of vegetables, and 80% aren’t taking in the recommended daily amount of fruit. Smoothies are a perfect way to take in both fruits and vegetables. Not a huge fan of vegetables? There's a painless way to do it: Hide frozen spinach in a smoothie using nut butters, fruits, all-natural sweeteners like honey, and almond milk. Believe it or not, you'll barely taste the spinach.
Adding spinach to your smoothie helps add volume without much sugar, and also helps you meet your daily dose of vegetables. Here are 11 delicious smoothies featuring spinach as an ingredient.
Spinach, a cruciferous vegetable from the cabbage family, has a slightly bitter flavor. The sweet flavor of mango helps balance the bitterness, leaving you with a delicious smoothie packed with good-for-you nutrients.
Kefir is a cultured milk product that has a mild tangy flavor but a more liquid texture than yogurt. Combined with blueberries, peanut butter, and spinach, this smoothie has you covered in four food groups!
Fruity and full of vitamins and minerals, this strawberry banana smoothie with spirulina and fresh spinach is an ideal healthy drink. It has no added sugar, the spirulina and chia seeds pack a nutritious punch of fiber and protein.
Dates are a natural way to sweeten smoothies and add fiber and minerals like potassium, magnesium, and copper. Dates do increase the sugar count, though, so start with two or three and add more as needed.