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Ginger-nana Pineapple Smoothie

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Who doesn’t love a yummy, cool and refreshing smoothie as a light meal or snack? This one is great before or after a workout and it’s a great energy booster!  We love it in the morning too–ginger acts as an anti-inflammatory (among many other benefits, this helps to keep the skin calm–flare-up free, oh yeah!) and to settle the stomach–an awesome way to start those hectic mornings!  Plus, it’s light and refreshing so it’s great for the waistline–not only is it settling the stomach (goodbye bloat!) but it’s low enough in calories to keep ya slim while keeping you satisfied! :)

This scrumptious smoothie is hydrating and a great source of potassium which helps to restore fluid balance and prevent muscle cramps while aiding in muscle contraction.  You also get a dose of vitamin C, as well as a carb and protein combo to help repair muscles and tissues and aid in recovery–and give you an energy boost.   

We love this particular smoothie, but if you don’t have these ingredients on hand, don’t worry– one pointer to keep in mind is to add something frozen, such as ice cubes, frozen bananas, frozen strawberries, or any frozen fruit– they tend to make the smoothies thicker and more satisfying–think having ice cream versus drinking juice.  Then add in your protein (we added yogurt) to sustain the energy boost and provide longer-lasting satisfaction.

Ginger-nana Pineapple Smoothie

Note: The level of sweetness people prefer varies a good deal. If you make this smoothie and want it slightly sweeter, add a few extra tablespoons of frozen pineapple or a teaspoon of honey or some stevia.  We also adore ginger so we add extra, the calories are negligible.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 6 ounces nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple tidbits (Trader Joe’s has great ones)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger*

*NOTE: We actually just add in about 1/2 inch chunk of ginger without grating it first, which makes this very easy.  However,  if you don’t know if you’re a fan of ginger, start with the recommended grated amount and then from there you can use less or more without grating or measuring in the future).

Directions: Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth

Per serving (not including optional honey or stevia) 232 calories, 1 g fat, 141 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 14 g protein, 3 g fiber, 30 g sugar

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