Looking ahead to spring you may be thinking , as I am, that you’d like to rid yourself of those few pounds that somehow sneaked on when you weren’t looking. Ah, yes, this has been a winter for comfort foods, and for some reason comfort foods are the ones that put on the pounds.
One way to lose enjoyably(?) is to sip away the pounds. Juice cleanses are not the best idea, in my opinion, but a healthy nutritious smoothie just may be the best kept secret around. This blended beverage offers you tons of nutrition as well as protein and fiber to help keep you full from breakfast to lunch, or from lunch till dinner.
I guess I was a latecomer in discovering the goodness and benefits of smoothies. But now that I’m on board I’ve been having one for breakfast, and one for lunch. Then a regular meal for dinner, being careful to watch portion size, and with carefully selected complex carbohydrates.
I’ve been experimenting with a variety of combinations that include both fruits and green vegetables. Protein, fiber, and calcium make this green smoothie a filling, fat-burning meal. It’s green color comes from spinach, but it also includes a pear, grapes, some avocado, and Greek non-fat yogurt. I must admit, I was hesitant about “drinking spinach”, but it’s really good. I like this one very much.
SWEET SPINACH SMOOTHIE
Yield: 1 large serving, or 2 smaller ones
- 2 cups spinach leaves, chopped
- 1 ripe pear, cored and seeded, cut into pieces
- 15 red or green grapes
- 2 Tbsp. chopped avocado
- 1 – 2 T. fresh lime juice
- 6 oz. plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
Put all the ingredients into a blender container and liquify on high until smooth and thick. I put the yogurt in first, as my blender needs something soft to help it get going.
SOURCE: My own combination