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Sunday Smoothie: Week 1

Happy New Year!!

Did you indulge over the holidays?! We had our moments, and we don’t regret any of them 🙂 While I’m not a big one for New Years resolutions, I do like the idea of choosing a few things to focus on. For the last 3 years, I’ve done the “photo-a-day” challenge, in order to learn and improve my camera usage. I’d like to do something similar this year, but perhaps it will be more of a “photo-a-week” challenge this time. Perhaps something like this.

I’d also like to start doing our “New Meal Monday” more regularly this year. We’re creatures of habit, and tend to make the same thing over and over, which is usually quick and easy, but it’s always nice to try new foods and make use of our every-growing stack of cookbooks!

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The other “pact” I’m making with myself is to drink at least 5 green smoothies a week. It’s an easy way to get a sizeable amount of fruits and veggies into your diet without much effort. As a kick-start, I thought I would try out the January Green Smoothie Challenge this year. Three days into the new year, and I’m 3 for 3! Well done, Moira, well done 🙂

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Over the next few Sunday’s, I’ll try to share my favourite smoothies from the week.

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So far, the major players in this smoothie challenge have been spinach and pineapple. I’ve already gone rogue and changed the recipes slightly, to use up the fruit we already have in the house, and to add things like chia seeds and flax seeds (for additional protein / omega-3 / antioxidant boosters).

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Quick pick-me-up green smoothie

So far so good! I’ve included the recipes for my versions of the “Beginners Luck” and “Quick Pick Me Up” smoothies. Both make one large glass, but can easily be doubled if you have a few people in your household looking for a healthy treat.

This is a refreshing and tasty way to get in a good dose of greens to kick-start the new year!

"Beginners Luck" Green Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 serving
  • Serving size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 193
  • Fat: 0.8 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 48.8g
  • Sugar: 29.5 g
  • Sodium: 50.1 mg
  • Fiber: 6.5 g
  • Protein: 3.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g
Recipe type: Drinks
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup (60 g) fresh spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup (150 g) pineapple (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 banana (preferably frozen)
Instructions
  1. Using a high-speed blender, blend together the spinach, pineapple and water until smooth.
  2. Add the banana and blend again until smooth.
Notes
For a cold smoothie, use at least one serving of frozen fruit. In this case, both the pineapple and banana were cut into small pieces and frozen.
Feel free to use water, non-dairy milk, or coconut water as your liquid.

"Quick Pick Me Up" Green Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 serving
  • Serving size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 171
  • Fat: 3.3 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35.6 g
  • Sugar: 23.7 g
  • Sodium: 50.3 mg
  • Fiber: 7.8 g
  • Protein: 4,8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Drinks, Breakfast
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup (60g) fresh spinach
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ grapefruit (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup (150 g) pineapple (fresh or frozen)
Instructions
  1. Blend together the spinach, water, chia seeds and grapefruit until smooth.
  2. Add the pineapple and blend again until smooth.
Notes
For a cold smoothie, use at least one serving of frozen fruit.
Feel free to use water, non-dairy milk, or coconut water as your liquid.

Enjoy!