Fruity Green Chia Smoothie

I decided to introduce GREEN back into our daily afternoon snack, today’s choice: ROMAINE LETTUCE.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, romaine lettuce is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin K, folate, and vitamin C. Romaine lettuce is also a very good source of dietary fiber and 4 minerals.  In order to keep the romaine from being too overbearing in taste I added an array of yummy fruit.  If you are having trouble getting your kids to drink something GREEN, how about naming your drink something fun, like THE GREEN HULK.  Use your creativity.  You’ll be amazed at how quickly it will change your child’s perception.

Also included in today’s smoothie were my new favorite Chia Seeds.  I use The Chia Co.  Chia Seeds are the richest plant based source of Omega 3, dietary fiber, protein and antioxidants.

This smoothie is smooth in taste and KID FRIENDLY.

Ingredients
2 large leaves of organic romaine
2 ripe bananas, peeled
1 organic orange, peeled and seeded
1 mango
1/2 pineapple cored (can add more pineapple to increase sweetness)
1/2 cup water
1 cup ice
1-2 tbs black chia seeds

BLEND & ENJOY

Yield: 4

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Power Protein Smoothie Recipe

After this mornings bootcamp workout at Industrial Strength Personal Training I decided my body was in need of a good protein recovery drink.  I had recently seen the Power Protein Smoothie recipe posted from my favorite nutritionist Kimberly Snyder and decided to adapt the recipe and give it a try.

The Power Protein Smoothie is filling and is a great way to replenish the bodies amino acids post workout.  I am excited to share this recipe because of it’s many “power” ingredients.  I recently started using Chia Seeds in most all of my smoothie recipes.  If you aren’t familiar with Chia Seeds, they are the richest plant based source of Omega 3, dietary fiber, protein and antioxidants.  Also used in this recipe is cinnamon which has been known for improving energy, vitality, and circulation. Last but not least, frozen Acai Puree. Acai is a strong source for heart healthy omega fatty acids, fiber, essential amino acids, minerals and phytosterols.

Ingredients (one 24-ounce serving):

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk or water, or a 50/50 combination (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 large rounded scoop of all natural Whey protein or (1/4 cup hemp or brown rice protein powder)
  • 1-2 Tbs. chia seeds (These are the Chia Seeds I recommend, I use black)
  • 1/2 frozen acai smoothie packet (I bought this in the freezer section of Harris Teeter)
  • 1 Tbs. honey or Liquid stevia to sweeten
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

Add the almond milk and/or water to the blender first, then the other ingredients. Blend until smooth.

For those of you who wondering, I use a Vitamix for all of my smoothies and mixing of ingredients in the kitchen!