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Super Berry Protein & Antioxidant Smoothie

The combination of the antioxidant-rich California prunes, strawberries and blackberries pack a fiber-punch while making this smoothie delightfully sweet and refreshing. The California prunes are a sweet, convenient way to include polyphenols, antioxidants in the diet that can help protect the body against heart, eye, memory, and immune system issues. Plus, research suggests eating 5-6 prunes a day may support healthy bones! The unexpected superstar weight loss ingredient is the protein-packed pea protein, as like all pulses, can aid in weight loss even when calories aren’t restricted; it was also found to be more effective than whey protein at fighting against hunger.

 

When you sip, you’ll reap rewards…

 

Here’s why pea protein rocks—and why it’s so great in your smoothie!  (Hint: It’s a pulse!)

It contains both fiber & protein: If you’ve spent any time on our blog, you know that the magical combination for weight loss is a meal that contains both protein and fiber, to keep you satisfied, your energy on an even keel and keep your blood sugar level stable.

o Power to Pulses! Not many foods contain both protein and fiber, and peas, like all pulses (the delicious, protein-packed, sustainable foods you know as dried peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas) contain this weight loss friendly combo!

Pssst….fun fact: In 2016 Pulses were named International Year of Pulses (IYP) by the United Nations.

• Research show that pulses (like pea protein), aid in weight loss even when calories aren’t restricted. Check out this 2016 study1, that found that it was just 3/4 cup of pulses per day that worked!

 

As you happily sip this Pea Protein Weight Loss smoothie, sip on this…

o A study published in Nutrition Journal found that pea protein was more effective at starving off hunger than whey protein; improved satiety can potentially lead to weight loss.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3295702/
1 Kim SJ, de Souza RJ, Choo VL et al. Effects of dietary pulse consumption on body weight: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27030531

 

California Prune Benefits (we use California prunes because they are super sweet and we grew up loving them. 🙂 )

If you’re allergic to dairy, lactose intolerant or avoid dairy, meet your bone-building bestie!

  • Research suggests that eating 5-6 prunes a day may help support healthy bones! So cool, we know!Why? Prunes have copper which aids in bone structure, boron and a handful of polyphenols that help with the regulation of bone building and bone breakdown. 1
    They’ve got Vitamin K which helps to improve calcium balance and promotes bone mineralization. A 40g serving (about 5 prunes) is an excellent source of Vitamin K, providing 30% of the Daily Value.

Research is continuing on the effect of California prunes on bone health and they’re finding good stuff, healthy people… more good news to come!

 

  • Hello Polyphenols! California prunes pack polyphenols in their purple bodies, which acts as antioxidants  to protect your body–keeping watch over your heart, eyes, memory and immune system.

 

Plus, let’s not forget our antioxidant- rich friends are great for a flat-belly!

Feeling a little heavy and constipated? Help relieve your tummy and flush out some of that waste and bloat!   A serving of prunes (4-5 prunes) has 3 grams of fiber and 100 calories–and seem to do wonders when you need a little tummy relief!

 

Super Berry Protein & Antioxidant Smoothie

Servings: 1 serving = 16 ounces

Ingredients:
• 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
• 1/2 frozen banana
• 1/3 cup frozen strawberries
• 1/4 cup frozen blackberries
• 2 California prunes (we use California prunes because they are super sweet and we grew up loving them)
• 1 scoop (27 grams) pea protein (We used Garden of Life’s Organic Raw Protein & Greens)

Directions:
1. Blend ingredients and enjoy!

Nutrition facts per 16 ounce smoothie:

256 Calories, 35 g carbohydrate, 5 g fat, 23 g protein, 0 g saturated fat, 10 g fiber

Super Berry Protein & Antioxidant Smoothie
 
Nutrition facts per 16 ounce smoothie: 256 Calories, 35 g carbohydrate, 5 g fat, 23 g protein, 0 g saturated fat, 10 g fiber
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • • ½ frozen banana
  • • ⅓ cup frozen strawberries
  • • ¼ cup frozen blackberries
  • • 2 California prunes
  • • 1 scoop (27 grams) pea protein (We used Garden of Life’s Organic Raw Protein & Greens)
Instructions
  1. Blend ingredients and enjoy!

 

 

References:
1. Shahnazari M, et al. Dietary dried plum increases bone mass, suppresses proinflammatory cytokines and promotes attainment or peak bone mass in male mice: J Nutr Biochem. 2016;34:73-82.
Schreurs AS, et al. Dried plum diet protects form bone loss caused by ionizing radiation. Sci. Rep. 2016;6: 21343; doi: 10.1038/srep21343.

Hooshmand S, et al. The effect of two doses of dried plum on bone density and bone biomarkers in osteopenic postmenopausal women: a randomized, controlled trial. Osteoporosis International. 2016;27(7): 2271-2279.

Arjmandi BH, et al. Dried plum consumption and bone mineral density retention in postmenopausal women: a follow-up study. The FASEB Journal. 2016;30:1, Supplement lb268.

Hooshmand S, et al. The effect of dried plum on serum levels of receptor activator of NF-kB ligand, osteoprotegerin and sclerostin in osteopenic postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled trial. British Journal of Nutrition. 2014;112:55-60.

Rendina E, et al. Dried plum’s unique capacity to reverse bone loss and alter bone metabolism in postmenopausal osteoporosis model. PLoS One. 2013;8(3):e60569.

Hooshmand S, et al. Comparative effects of dried plum and dried apple on bone in postmenopausal women. British Journal of Nutrition. 2011;106(6);923-930.

Halloran BP, et al. Dietary dried plum increases bone mass in adult and aged male mice. Journal of Nutrition. 2010;140:1781-1787.

Hooshmand S, et al. Viewpoint: dried plum an emerging functional food that may effectively improve bone health. Ageing Research Reviews. 2009;8:122-7.

2. Seidel DV, et al. Dried plums modify fecal short chain fatty acid concentrations and gene expression in a rat model of colon carcinogenesis. The FASEB Journal. 2016;30(1Supplement):147.3.

Attaluri A, et al. Randomized clinical trial: dried plums (prunes) vs. psyllium for constipation. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 2011;33:822-828.

Seidel D, et al. Dried plums modify colon microbiota composition and spatial distribution, and protect against chemically induced carcinogenesis. The FASEB Journal. 2015;29(1 Supplement):394.7.

photo courtesy of pulses.org

 

Green Warrior Weight Loss Antioxidant Smoothie

This weight loss smoothie will crush your sweet tooth with only 309 calories and keep you feeling satisfied thanks to the protein and fiber. Naturally sweet antioxidant-packed fruit, creamy Greek yogurt and zesty, inflammation-fighting ginger keep your taste buds excited, while the pistachios are the secret ingredient since they contain the satisfying trio of fiber, plant-protein and better-for-you unsaturated fats so you feel full and don’t end up overeating at the vending machine soon after. Plus, although people don’t think of nuts for antioxidants, the green in the pistachios let’s you know there are antioxidants inside, making it a surprise superfood!

In this smoothie, we’ve got 3 special loves 😉 :

Pistachios:
They contain the trio of fiber, plant-protein and better-for-you unsaturated fats that can help keep you feeling fuller longer. Pistachios are among the snack nuts highest in protein, but lowest in calories and fat. We used the Wonderful No Shells Pistachios in this smoothie since they made it super easy to add! As an added bonus, the green and purple hues from pistachios signify that there are antioxidants inside.

Ginger:
As you know, we’re ginger-obsessed, and Lyssie finds a way to work it into most of her meals. 😉 It adds a zesty kick to keep your taste buds satisfied so that they’re not craving more excitement. Ginger soothes the stomach and intestinal tract and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties to protect your body from free radicals and helps to keep your body in better working order. A calm intestinal tract= less bloat and a flatter tummy!

Spinach:
Greens, specifically, are the number one food you can eat regularly to improve your health–and to aid in weight loss because they’re super low in calories but packed with fiber to fill you up and with nutrients. Spinach is one the mildest of the greens and is like a barely detectable (like a chameleon!) in a smoothie, so it’s the perfect addition to a weight loss smoothie. (In this smoothie, we started with 1 packed cup of spinach, which is similar to two fistfuls)

Green Warrior Weight Loss Antioxidant Smoothie

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients
• ¾ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
• 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
• ½ cup green grapes
• 1 cup pineapple pieces
• 1 cup packed spinach (or 4 Kale and Spinach Cubes)
• 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
• 1/8 cup Wonderful No Shells Pistachios, lightly salted (roughly 25 kernels)
• 4 ice cubes

Directions:
In a blender, combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Nutrition Facts per Serving (makes 2 servings): 170 Calories, 5 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 22 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, 13 g protein

 

Green Warrior Weight Loss Antioxidant Smoothie
 
Nutrition Facts per Serving (makes 2 servings): 170 Calories, 5 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 22 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, 13 g protein
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • • ¾ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • • ¼ cup pomegranate juice
  • • ½ cup green grapes
  • • 1 cup pineapple pieces
  • • 1 cup packed spinach
  • • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
  • • ⅛ cup Wonderful No Shells Pistachios, lightly salted (roughly 25 kernels)
  • • 4 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth.

 

Photo credit:  POM Wonderful

Metabolism Boosting Morning Green Smoothie

 

Early on in our career as dietitians, our first book, Fire Up Your Metabolism was published.  We felt compelled to write the book after realizing that so many people felt doomed by their genetics or that they couldn’t do anything to get their body to burn more calories.  We wanted to let people know that there is hope—and show them the truth–that you can do things to help your body to burn calories more efficiently and genetics don’t dictate your metabolic fate—and speeding up your metabolism actually really is something to feel optimistic about!

As identical twins, we were excited to test the science and show just how much control you could have over your metabolism (one of us was the guinea pig and one of us was the control for each of the 9 principles in our book.  We did coin tosses to see who would have to be the guinea pig [not following one of our steps for boosting metabolism]—and Tammy wasn’t thrilled to lose most of the coin tosses, especially considering her wedding was around the corner and losing a coin toss meant doing something not-so-great for your metabolism that would result in weight gain!)).

 

When it comes to metabolism, eating to keep your body in the best working order possible is ultimately what’s best for your metabolism to keep it running efficiently.

Psst….  here are a drinks with benefits to try:

Minty Lime Iced Green “Flat Belly” Tea

Cool Citrus Cucumber Detox

Apple Cider Vinegar & Lime “Detox” Drink

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush

Lemon Ginger Detox Drink

Mixed Citrus Ginger Flush

On top of that, there are certain foods and other lifestyle steps (we talk about these in our book) that can help.  And this smoothie contains some of those foods, plus the protein and fiber to get your body and metabolism going…

We <3 this smoothie because it makes a fabulous breakfast to start the day giving your metabolism a boost:

  • We made sure it’s got both protein (the metabolism-friendly nutrient that requires your body to burn the most calories digesting it) and fiber, and together they provide satisfaction and long-lasting energy and keep your body on even keel, preventing hunger and the overeating that comes with it as well as energy dips so that you can also move more and boost your metabolic rate.
  • We want you to feel light and energetic, and unlike breakfasts that make you sluggish, resulting in you being less active; burning fewer calories and negatively impacting your metabolism, this hottie keeps you feeling light
  • Sip this fluid-packed breakfast and it helps to prevent dehydration; every process in the body takes place in water if you are not properly hydrated, normal body processes, such as digestion and an efficient metabolism will suffer.

Each of the ingredients in this smoothie helps to keep the body in better working condition. This is especially important as we age to prevent damage to the body that prevents it from running efficiently. Check out how we hook you up! 😉

The GREEN Bonuses:

Avocado:

  • We always have a lifetime supply of these in our apartments 🙂 .  In addition to being packed with over 21 vitamins and minerals plus healthy fats and anti-inflammatory benefits, research suggest that the fiber, unsaturated fat content, and a blood-sugar-lowering sugar called D-mannoheptulose in avocados may offer another advantage in helping steady blood sugar levels and keeping appetite in check.
  • Packed with potassium to restore normal fluid balance and flush out the bloat.

Green Tea:

  • We like to sneak this into ice cubes and use it as a broth for cooking.  After all, it’s packed with phytonutrients and anti-inflammatories, tea helps to hydrate while flooding the body with health-promoting nutrients.  Research has shown that tea can do everything from helping to protect the heart against heart disease and cancer to possibly even revving metabolism.  Several studies, including one in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that green tea has metabolism-boosting properties and fat-oxidizing properties that can help to promote weight loss and stave off weight gain. Sip tea throughout the day.  Research shows that if you can drink 4-6 tea cups a day (tea cups are smaller than regular cups, about 4 ounces a cup), you can boost your metabolism. This smoothie will help get you closer to your goal.
  • Tea also contains the amino acid theanine that brings on a mental alertness and calmness that helps you to make rational decisions, so you can turn down fatty, caloric foods that you’d normal eat due to stress.
  • Also, tea contains some caffeine so it often provides the little boost people look for in the morning.

 

Spinach or Kale:

  • We’re obsessed! 😉 Both play a part in the liver’s detoxification process—so if you overdid it on alcohol, or if you were in a polluted environment or have been exposed to second hand smoke, these will  help your body to detoxify the chemicals, keeping your body in better working order, making everything, including your metabolism, work more efficiently.

 

Pineapple:

We love that just a few frozen tidbits add so much sweetness and among other things, pineapple’s got  bromelain to help reduce severe inflammation,(the root of so much evil in the body), reduce sinus and congestion, and may help ease digestion and generally protects the body from damage, keeping it running efficiently, this includes a well-tuned metabolism. Oh yeah!

 

Greek Yogurt:

Dare you peek in our fridge?  There’s a reason we’re fully stocked with this. It’s packed with metabolism-friendly protein and the calcium in yogurt may help lower calcitrol in the body, which helps turn on fat burning and shut down fat storage.  And, the helpful probiotics in yogurt are good for your gut health.  Good gut health includes the good bacteria and gut microbes in those who are a healthy weight are different than in those who are obese.

Ginger:

As you know, Lyssie has a love affair with this powerful anti-inflammatory that keeps the body in better working order, an efficient system fuels a well-tuned metabolism.

 

Metabolism Boosting Morning Green Smoothie

Have this for a light breakfast or a satisfying snack!

Serves: 2

Ingredients

3 ice cubes

1 cup green tea

2, 5.5 ounce containers (11 ounce) nonfat Greek Yogurt

2 cups stemmed and chopped spinach (or kale)

1 medium Granny Smith apple—unpeeled, cored, and chopped

1/2 cup 100% juice, (like 100% pomegranate juice) OR ¾ cup frozen pineapple tidbits

1/4 avocado, chopped

1/4 cup frozen pineapple tidbits

1/2-inch fresh ginger, peeled (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

(Note fiber will be 1-2 grams higher when using pineapple tidbits vs. the juice)

Nutrition Facts: 207 calories, 4 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 85 mg sodium, 30 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 18 g protein

Metabolism Boosting Morning Green Smoothie
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 cup green tea
  • 2, 5.5 ounce containers (11 ounce) nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 2 cups stemmed and chopped spinach (or kale)
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple—unpeeled, cored, and chopped
  • ½ cup 100% juice, (like 100% pomegranate juice) OR ¾ cup frozen pineapple tidbits
  • ¼ avocado, chopped
  • ¼ cup frozen pineapple tidbits
  • ½-inch fresh ginger, peeled (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. (Note fiber will be 1-2 grams higher when using pineapple tidbits vs. the juice)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 207 Fat: 4 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 30 g Sodium: 85 mg Fiber: 6 g Protein: 18 g

 

Green Warrior Weight Loss Smoothie

We made our first smoothie in junior high school.  We were with our best friend, making different food concoctions as we often did, and we ended up blending strawberries and milk together (there may have been some M&Ms in there too, but it would have been good without them too! 🙂 ) and loved the taste and knew that our concoction wouldn’t be the last.

Now, as registered dietitians, we make smoothies on the reg. Tammy makes them for her daughters for breakfasts nearly every day, Lyssie makes her boyfriend one nearly daily as well, and one of our clients’ most popular requests is for recipes for weight loss smoothies, so we’re always whipping up new smoothie recipes.

What’s our secret to creating a weight loss smoothie that actually helps to promote weight loss?

We make it super satisfying (so you’re not hungry soon after and so that there’s no need to troll the streets for the nearest vending machine ;)) while also not breaking the calorie bank. We also make sure that it provides long lasting energy so you brain isn’t craving a quick-pick-me-up that sends you on the hunt for sugar. And we add healthy ingredients that are beneficial for weight loss, so we always are creating new combinations that taste great. And of course, being nutritionists, we put a huge emphasis on packing in extra nutrients so you get more nutritionals bang for your bite (well, sip!), so we’re sure to pack in vitamins, minerals and extra antioxidants from fruits and veggies.

In this smoothie, we’ve got 3 special loves 😉 :

Pistachios:

They contain the trio of fiber, plant-protein and better-for-you unsaturated fats that can help keep you feeling fuller longer.  Pistachios are among the snack nuts highest in protein, but lowest in calories and fat.  We used the Wonderful No Shells Pistachios in this smoothie since they made it super easy to add!  Plus, the green and purple hues from pistachios signify that the pistachios are packed with antioxidants.

Ginger:

As you know, we’re ginger-obsessed, and Lyssie finds a way to work it into most of her meals. 😉 It adds a zesty kick to keep your taste buds satisfied so that they’re not craving more excitement. Ginger soothes the stomach and intestinal tract and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties to protect your body from free radicals and helps to keep your body in better working order. A calm intestinal tract= less bloat and a flatter tummy!

Spinach:

Greens, specifically, are the number one food you can eat regularly to improve your health–and to aid in weight loss because they’re super low in calories but packed with fiber to fill you up and with nutrients. Spinach is one the mildest of the greens and is like a barely detectable (like a chameleon!) in a smoothie, so it’s the perfect addition to a weight loss smoothie. (In this smoothie, we started with 1 packed cup of spinach, which is similar to two fistfuls)

 

Green Warrior Weight Loss Smoothie

This weight loss smoothie will crush your sweet tooth with only 309 calories and keep you feeling satisfied thanks to the protein and fiber. Naturally sweet fruit, creamy Greek yogurt and zesty, inflammation-fighting ginger keep your taste buds excited, while the anti-oxidant-packed pistachios are the secret ingredient since they contain the satisfying trio of fiber, plant-protein and better-for-you unsaturated fats so you feel full and don’t end up overeating at the vending machine soon after.

Makes 2 serving

Ingredients

• ¾ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
• 1/4 cup POM Wonderful

• ½ cup green grapes
• 1 cup pineapple pieces
• 1 cup packed spinach
• 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
• 1/8 cup Wonderful No Shells Pistachios, lightly salted (roughly 25 kernels)

• 4 ice cubes

Directions
In a blender, combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Nutrition Facts per Serving (makes 2 servings): 170 Calories, 5 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 22 g carbohyrdate, 5 g fiber, 13 g protein

 

Photo Credit: The Wonderful Company

Green Warrior Weight Loss Smoothie
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • • ¾ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • • ½ cup pomegranate juice • ½ cup green grapes
  • • ½ cup pineapple pieces
  • • 1 cup packed spinach
  • • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
  • • ¼ cup Wonderful No Shells Pistachios, lightly salted
  • • 4 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Blueberry Protein Weight Loss Breakfast Smoothie

As registered dietitians and personal trainers we feel lucky to work with so many awesome clients.  Most want to have some fun and enjoy indulging but also know when it’s time to get back on track and tighten the reigns– and trust us, these twin sisters get it!  Yes, it’s not just our clients who at times feel like they need to undo the damage from too much–we, too have times when we just want to undo the damage that we did over the last couple of days from eating too much, drinking too much or just falling off the healthy track…and we’ve got just the morning dazzler to get your mind and body back on the fast track to slim–while losing the bloat and feeling satisfied!

Often we try to get right back on track with our Kale Recharge and Detox Smoothie or our Detoxifying Green Tea Smoothie which both work magic. We also sip our Raspberry Ginger Detox during the day. Or we go for this awesome Blueberry Protein Weight Loss Breakfast Smoothie! Aside from it being the perfect way to reboot the body (see below), this smoothie tastes yummy, so it’s ideal when your mind and taste buds aren’t feeling like they’re ready to dive in to very bland foods that many people believe are the only foods allowed when they’re trying to cleanse the body from the damage of overindulgence.  Admittedly, especially when we just get back from a vacay, our minds are still a little in la-la land 😉 and our taste buds want to be tantalized (this healthy, cleansing number does the trick!).

Although your body is equipped to detox and cleanse itself on its own, naturally, certain health-promoting foods and drinks, assist it in its process.  And this drink does just that! 

 

This smoothie is a superstar when it comes to weight loss and flushing bloat and toxins from the body!  Here’s how it works:

For weight loss:

It’s super-satisfying– with just 224 calories, it will keep you satiated with it’s 20 grams of protein.  It will power you through your morning keeping your energy levels stable so you don’t experience an energy crash that would have you craving a quick sugar pick-me-up (this means you won’t find yourself diving into the vending machine mid-morning in search of an energy boost).

More reasons to sip this blue smoothie to assist in weight loss? 😉

The blueberries! Research suggests they actually may assist in weight loss (yippee!) since they contain the phytochemical C3G that may increase production of both adiponectin (which enhances fat metabolism) and leptin (which suppresses appetite). Oh yeah!

 

For flushing bloat:

Starting the day with this nutrient and water-filled smoothie helps to flush out excess salt and the bloated and puffy feeling that comes with it. The high water in combination with the potassium from the blueberry and lemon flushes bloat by restoring normal fluid balance so you can kiss puffiness goodbye.

The blueberries are loaded with fiber, which helps to flush waste out your colon (goodbye constipation and unsightly gut bulges from it–hello flatter belly. Oh Yeah!)

 

For mopping up free radicals and toxins that age and damage your body.  Here’s why we like to drink this smoothie in the morning:

There’s no better time to flood your body with nutrients that help to rejuvenate your cells and that help your liver to do its’ job of detoxifying invaders (chemicals, smog, toxins, alcohol, etc.) that could harm the body. However, you can drink this babe any time of day and it will still work is magic.

The blueberries flood your body with anti-aging and disease-fighting phytonutrients and anti-inflammatory compounds as well as bloat-fighting potassium and water!

Lemon helps to promote the activity of a liver enzyme that converts harmful, toxic substances to less harsh chemicals (via the liver through a compound called d-limonene.). Lemon, is packed with vitamin C, which is a potent antioxidant which mops up free radicals from environmental toxins, stress, alcohol, fatty foods and other toxins and helps to prevent them from damaging your body. 

 

Blueberry Protein Weight Loss Breakfast Smoothie

Enjoy this sipster for breakfast to take the edge off hunger, prevent overeating, flush bloat and help set your mind & body on the healthy track.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 tbsp almond butter

1/2 cup unsweetend vanilla almond milk

1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder (we use Vega One Plant Power or Amazing Grass)*

1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (ok, if not fresh)

water to blend

 

Directions: Blend this all together and drink! Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: 224 Calories, 4 g fat, 19 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 20 g protein

*Note: if you don’t have protein powder, substitute with 6 ounces nonfat Greek yogurt.

Pictured below with 1 teaspoon organic coconut flakes.

Blueberry Protein Weight loss Breakfast Smoothie
 
Author:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ tbsp almond butter
  • ½ cup unsweetend vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder (we use Vega One Plant Power or Amazing Grass)*
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice (ok, if not fresh)
  • water to blend
Instructions
  1. Blend this all together and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 224 Fat: 4 g Carbohydrates: 19 g Fiber: 4 g Protein: 20 g

Pomegranate Green Goddess Smoothie

What’s the number one question you’ve been asking us about smoothies?

You wanna know how to seamlessly get veggies into smoothies when you’ve been dabbling with fruits, seeds, almond milk, etc.

As registered dietitians, and authors of our most recent book, The Nutrition Twins Veggie Cure, you can imagine how excited we are that you’re ready to dive in to the good stuff! Yes, veggies! Greens, specifically, are the number one food you can eat regularly to improve your health. And we’ve got some easy breakfast-friendly ways to help you to start your day off right–on the green foot! 😉

 

Pomegranate Green Goddess Smoothie

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We’ve got some great news if you’re a bit fearful that your greens will overpower your smoothie… many greens become undetectable (like a chameleon!) when combined in a smoothie and they take just seconds to transform. Here are some tips for making the most of your smoothies and easy at-home ways to get your nutrients.
Create your green smoothie by following these green smoothie basics and then blend! 🙂 (If you simply want to try a green smoothie recipe that’s tried, true and delicious, try this Pomegranate Green Goddess Smoothie (recipe and how it does your-body-good below)!  You’ll also find many on our site, just search smoothie, or green drink, etc.  And we suggest some at the bottom of this blog!

 

Here’s the formula for making a delicious, green smoothie and how we created this Pomegranate Green Goddess Smoothie:

 

1.  Begin with your greens: In general, a few large fistfuls (about 2 cups) will do the trick. Spinach is one the mildest of the greens and is barely detectable, but all greens from kale, to romaine, and even parsley and mint are fabulous additions. Experiment and see what you like best. (In this smoothie, we started with 1 packed cup of spinach, which is similar to two fistfuls)

 

*** If you’re worried about your greens spoiling, check out our awesome solution for your busy mornings.

 

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2. Toss in some fruit: Hello natural sweetness, fiber and phytonutrients for even more of a beneficial boost to your morning. (We often go for frozen fruits because they make the smoothie more refreshing and “dessert-like”.  Plus, they don’t spoil!)

  • In this recipe we use POM 100% Pomegranate Juice which adds a polyphenol and potassium punch with no added sugars, no artificial colors or flavors and no cheap filler juices. There’s the juice of 4 whole-pressed pomegranates in 16 ounces and its flavor is a little sweet and a little tart, which makes this smoothie so insanely delicious!
  • We also added frozen pineapple chunks (not frozen is fine) –you get a lot of sweetness with just a few pieces and we added some green grapes.  Note:  If you’re watching your calorie intake, the key is to keep the fruit portions in check (about half the portion or less, compared to the green).

 

darlingdownsouth13. Add your protein/ “satiety factor” (If you skip this, you’ll need to eat a source of protein with your smoothie to keep you powered, satiated and to provide for longer lasting energy). This Pomegranate Green Goodness Smoothie is so good as is, simply have some scrambled eggs with veggies or a nonfat Greek yogurt on the side. Other great protein options? Nuts or nut butters, hemp seeds or a scoop of protein powder. One to two tablespoons of a nut or seed add nutrients and healthy fat—but stick to just that portion (about 6-8 nuts), as the calories from nuts add up quickly and could cause your smoothie to contain a lot more calories than you bargained for.

 

4. Pour in liquid: Add ½ to 1 cup of either water, unsweetened nut milk or coconut water to make your smoothie. Unsweetened vanilla almond milk adds a nice flavor perk. (In this smoothie we need less water and simply add some ice cubes as we get fluid from the delicious POM 100% Pomegranate Juice.)

 

5. Ready to get fancy? The sky is the limit! Try adding grated ginger (a personal favorite of ours!) or spices like cinnamon and turmeric (this one has quite a bitter kick that will give you a real charge to start your day!) We couldn’t resist the ginger in this recipe!

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Pomegranate Green Goodness Smoothie

This delicious recipe contains nothing but fruits and veggies. POM 100% Pomegranate Juice, spinach, pineapple, and green grapes are blended with fresh ginger to make a zesty morning smoothie that fills you up. Pair this delicious day starter with scrambled eggs with veggies or with a nonfat Greek yogurt for protein.

 

Makes 1 serving

Work time: 5 min

Total time: 5 min

Ingredients:

½ cup POM 100% Pomegranate Juice

½ cup green grapes

½ cup pineapple pieces

1 cup packed spinach

1 inch fresh ginger, peeled

4 ice cubes

 

Directions:

In a blender, combine all the ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Nutrition Facts Per Smoothie: 167 calories, 40 g carbohydrate, 0 g fat, 2 g protein, 3 g fiber, 22 mg sodium

Bonuses:  162% Daily Value vitamin A, 111% DV Vitamin C, 11% DV calcium, 17% DV Iron

pom_green_goddess_smoothie_bottleThe Nutrition Twins work with POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate juice to help people to enjoy it’s delicious flavor, get more nutrients in their day without any added sugar or artificial flavors. 

 

And here are a few more smoothies to try:

 

 

Pomegranate Green Goddess Smoothie
 
Author:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ cup POM 100% Pomegranate Juice
  • ½ cup green grapes
  • ½ cup pineapple pieces
  • 1 cup packed spinach
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
  • 4 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. In a blender, combine all the ingredients. Blend until smooth.
  2. Nutrition Facts Per Smoothie: 167 calories, 40 g carbohydrate, 0 g fat, 2 g protein, 3 g fiber, 22 mg sodium
  3. Bonuses:  162% Daily Value vitamin A, 111% DV Vitamin C, 11% DV calcium, 17% DV Iron

 

Smoothie Photo and Recipe credit: POM Wonderful.