If you are like me you don’t usually think of having smoothies this time of year. It’s always been kind of a warm weather item for me. Since I’m trying to listen to what my body needs and I have been craving fruit and vegetables this smoothie is the perfect solution. Not only does it taste good but it’s bursting with nutrients and fiber. That does a body good! When you fill up on nutrient dense foods you are less likely to indulge in junk food.
My Blendtec blender pulverizes the berries and kale and makes this smoothie – well extra smooth! You don’t need a Blendtec blender to make a smoothie, just know that if using a conventional blender the kale might not get as smooth but it will still taste delicious and that’s what counts. If you don’t have a frozen berry blend you can use any kind of frozen berries – blueberries, raspberries, blackberries – if you don’t have protein powder that’s okay too – use a 1/4 cup of low-fat cottage cheese or fat free Greek yogurt to get a little more protein. Smoothies are so adaptable to what you have on hand. Use spinach or baby salad greens instead of kale. If you haven’t added kale to your diet yet please give it a try. Read this post all about kale and you will see what a super food it is! Raw for a salad, cooked or tossed into a smoothie – I love it!
I will sometimes split a smoothie with hubby Tom as a midmorning snack. M-m-m-m so yummy. If you have children or a spouse who is a picky eater, smoothies are the perfect vessel to get some hearty, healthy greens in them without complaints.
Be creative and make yourself a healthy, filling smoothie for breakfast or as part of a healthy lunch.
Triple Berry Smoothie
1 cup water
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1/4 – 1/2 cup kale, spinach or baby greens
1 tablespoon Bob’s Red Mill Golden Flax Meal or 1/2 tablespoon Flaxseed oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 scoop Aria Vanilla Designer Whey Protein Powder (Trader Joe’s sells it)
Sweetener if desired
Place all ingredients into blender and process until smooth.
Yield: 1 serving
Per Serving; 278.5 Calories, 3.5g Fat, 10mg Chol, 99.6mg Sodium, 686.5mg Potassium, 55.8g Carbs, 16.5g Fiber, 22.9g Sugar, 12.8g Protein
For those of you following Weight Watchers would you count the fruit in this recipe or not? I’m not posting WWPP for this recipe as I know some people count the fruit in smoothies and others don’t. I shall leave the counting up to you.
Recipe inspired by a Dr. Oz Breakfast Smoothie Drink recipe. His called for almond butter instead of protein powder and flax seeds not flax meal.
Todays technology is amazing! There are many helpful gadgets, gizmos, kitchen tools, computer programs, websites, smart phone and tablet apps to help us stay healthy.
My favorite health related app also happens to have a web site available and it’s free! My Fitness Pal is amazing. You can sign up for free on your computer or get the free app for your iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows phone or Blackberry.
No this is not a snapshot of my daily calorie allotment – this is from the My Fitness Pal website. For free you can track your daily food intake using their database and if your food product isn’t listed you can add it. Want to figure out the nutritional information for a recipe – you can do that too. You set your daily calorie limit and it tracks as you log your food, letting you know how many calories you have left. Track your exercise, and how many calories you burned, your weight and water intake too.
At first it’s a bit time consuming but its a smart program and it tracks the foods you most often log so those foods come up when you are tracking food the next time, the search is pretty easy too. One warning – since the food data base is added to by users sometimes people have entered the nutritional data wrong. Be sure to look at the nutritional information for each food item before selecting it the first time. If you eat the same breakfast or lunch you have the option to kind of copy and paste it over and over again. The more you use My Fitness Pal the easier it gets. I use this all the time on my iPad and find it to be very easy to use and quite accurate! There is something about seeing what you are eating in print and watching the calories add up through out the day that is helpful in staying on track. Love this!
Fooducate allows you to scan the barcode of food products or look them up by category in their directory. Each food shows the Fooducate grade from A-D, Weight Watchers Points – called Food Points, nutritional information, pros and cons of product, healthier alternatives, if it’s a GMO product and much more. It can be helpful when you are shopping and not sure about a new product. You can also use it to make a shopping list but I have another app for that. It’s free for iPhone and Android.There is also a Fooducate app for diabetics and allery/gluten foods. If you don’t have a smart phone the Fooducate website allows you to look up products too!
Grocery IQ is an app for your grocery store list! Helen from Doing a 180 first told me about it. You can scan barcodes to add products to your lists, search their database to add products, you can makes separate lists for specific stores and share your list with other family members. Make a shopping list for Target, Costco, CVS Pharmacy or your favorite grocery store. Check off items as you put them in your cart. So easy. It’s free for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android or on your PC. Never leave your shopping list at home again! Thank you Helen!
Many restaurants have free apps that have help you calculate the nutritional value of what you order like Red Robin, Chipotle & Subway CA, just to mention a few. It’s quite easy to order smartly when you can look up the nutritional information ahead of time.
I hope your year has started off healthy!
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Share your favorite healthy websites, apps or gadgets that help you stay on track with your food plan.